A case for luxury

shopping November 01, 2017 13:37

By The Nation

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Luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet has now launched its limited edition Royal Oak Frosted Gold timepieces.

Just 200 pieces of this watch are available, all featuring a 18-carat white gold case and bracelet, glare-proofed sapphire crystal caseback, blue toned “Grande Tapisserie” dial, Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, and water-resistant to 50m. Meticulously crafted, effortlessly worn, the Florentine finish is a textured surface decoration on precious metal invented decades ago, predominantly on smaller jewellery pieces.

By beating the gold with a diamond tipped tool, tiny indentations are created on the surface that gives a sparkle effect similar to that of precious stones, like diamond dust.

The challenge for Audemars Piguet’s craftsmen was to apply this surface treatment technique across the case and bracelet of the watch without altering the clean lines that define the Royal Oak’s form. The original gradating bracelet construction also demanded that the order in which the rest of the finishing (polishing and satin finish) is executed be reconsidered. The Royal Oak Frosted Gold Limited Edition watch is priced at Bt1,900,700.

The brand also reinvents its accessories collection with six new pairs of Royal Oak cufflinks: three in stainless steel with either a blue, black or silver “Tapisserie” pattern in the centre. Two of the designs come in pink gold with blue or black “Tapisserie” in the centre while the last is available in yellow gold with a blue “Tapisserie” pattern in the centre. The cufflinks also feature two additional hallmarks of the Royal Oak case: the famous octagonal shape and hexagonal screws.

Find out more at www.AudemarsPiguet.com.