Audemars Piguet Taps Jewelry Designer Carolina Bucci for New Royal Oak Design

This special 34 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding is part of the model’s 50th anniversary.

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Premier Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet is reintroducing the 34 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding, this time with some unexpected twists. As a celebration of Royal Oak’s fiftieth anniversary, the brand called upon Italian jewelry designer Carolina Bucci to add her unique flair to the genderless timepiece.

Bucci’s craft is characterized by effortless elegance, and this project was no different for her. The designer brings intricate touches to the Royal Oak, though her trademark hammering technique was replaced with stunning contrasts instead. The watch’s dial appears black from afar, but closer inspection reveals a macrocosm of color and iridescence.

This eye-catching feature was made possible by a sapphire plate accented with miniature squares which catch the light with every swivel of the wrist. This technique varies from dial to dial, making each piece truly one-of-a-kind.

In addition to the multicolored dial, the watch is also elevated by hexagonal pink-gold screws securing the bezel, pink-gold hour markers, and a 22-carat pink-gold oscillating weight with a sleek, polished finish. 

This exclusive style, the third of Bucci’s collaborations with Audemars Piguet, comes in a limited-edition presentation box, also designed by Bucci herself. Like the Royal Oak’s dynamic dial, the box also displays the timepiece brand’s classic Tapisserie pattern.

The watch is finished off with a titanium and sapphire caseback engraved with the words, “Limited Edition Carolina Bucci” and polished chamfers to optimize the watch’s brilliance. Honoring the Royal Oak Selfwinding of the past, this silhouette stays true to tradition, while blending Bucci’s meticulous touch and knack for color.

The new limited edition Royal Oak Selfwinding 34 mm in black ceramic is available exclusively in Audemars Piguet boutiques and AP Houses.

In related news, Longines reissues the Ultra-Chron High Beat Diver.

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