Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frost Gold is a very interesting female watch on SIHH in 2017. This is the brand’s 40th anniversary of the first introduction of female models by Royal Oak in 1977 The commemorative model launched, and as a female watch, it has neither diamonds nor any so-called ‘feminine’ color scheme, but it has introduced a unique exterior surface treatment, and the entire watch relies on this trick. To create its particularity and feminine elements, it is indeed a very clever way to watch design.
The model is still equipped with the AP’s 3120, which functions as a junior and date; in fact, it is not necessary to omit the second hand as a female watch, but it may be retained here to distinguish it from the quartz model
Feature 1: Cooperate with famous jewellery designers. Here the ‘unique exterior surface treatment’ refers to the Frosted Gold effect which is refined by hammering. This set of processing skills is AP and Italian jewelry designers through Introduced by the collaboration of Carolina Bucci, Bucci is good at applying this traditional metalwork to her jewelry, using a diamond-tipped hammer to strike the metal surface densely to form a dusty texture. Looking at Bucci’s works, the frosted gold effect can be said to be a major expression of her, but most of the sights are small accessories. This time AP’s Royal Oak may be the largest plane she has ever used.
The frosted gold treatment extends from the case all the way to the chain belt. It is also because of such a large area of presentation that it can create its unique texture. Only the chain links can be processed one by one and the workload can be imagined Know
Feature two: The surface made by the three-dimensional frost gold technique of cleverly maintaining the case is like the extinction and camouflage, with a visual effect that reduces the three-dimensional effect. However, the sharp cut surface and the three-dimensional shape with a sense of presence are exactly the royal oak Gerald Genta designed important features that made him famous, so the key to introducing this processing method is how to present the texture of frost gold while still maintaining the complex lines of the Royal Oak. The specific method is basically to follow the frost gold surface. Adjacent planes adopt other surface treatment methods, and the ridges are brought out by the junction of different surface textures, thereby maintaining the three-dimensional feeling.
You can see three different surface treatments at a glance from the position of the bezel and lugs. Due to the special application method of frosted gold treatment, it should be done first and then chamfered to form such a sharp junction.
Comment 3: The test under the gorgeous effect is similar to the surface treatment of frosted gold. We seem to have seen it in other brands in the past, but most of them are used in the movement plywood or face plate, and the examples seen in the past have a softer surface texture. In contrast, this should be sharper with hammer chisel marks, so the whole film will have a flash of visual effects in the past, the decoration means more intense, and it is more suitable for female watches. However, it is a little bit interesting whether a surface like this will damage the fabric when rubbed against a more delicate fabric. After all, as a female watch, this is also a point that cannot be ignored.
Royal Oak Frosted Gold 18K rose gold material / 3120 self-winding movement / hours, minutes, seconds, date display / sapphire crystal, transparent bottom cover / waterproof 50 meters / 37mm diameter / reference price: 358000 RMB