Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet has released a new Frosted Gold version of its Royal Oak Self-winding Chronograph. It is made of 18-carat white gold, finished with an ancient hammering method. Limited to 200 pieces, this 41mm version is equipped with the Manufacture’s latest generation chronograph movement, the Self winding Calibre 4401, first introduced in the Royal Oak collection this year.
The case and bracelet are presented in 18-carat white Frosted Gold and feature polished chamfers and crown. The richly textured surfaces are created using an ancient gold hammering method, also known as the Florentine technique, produced in collaboration with Carolina Bucci.
Powering this timepiece is the Manufacture’s latest generation chronograph movement, the self-winding Calibre 4401. This fully integrated column wheel movement offers flyback function, which allows the wearer to stop, reset and start the chronograph in one simple action.
The column wheel works in collaboration with a vertical clutch system. When the chronograph is started or stopped, the hands respond accordingly without any hint of jumping. Furthermore, the push-pieces feel smooth when pressed. A patented zero resetting mechanism ensures that each one of the counter hands instantaneously resets to zero.
Its sapphire caseback offers the magnificent view of the integrated chronograph’s column wheel and the dancing action of the chronograph hammers. Equipped with a 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight, the Self-winding Calibre 4401 boasts sophisticated finishing, including “Côtes de Genève,” circular graining, circular satin and polished chamfers throughout.
The dial is presented in a light grey hue, a new shade for the Royal Oak Frosted Gold Selfwinding Chronograph. It features a “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. The rhodium-toned minute counter and hour counter have been repositioned, augmenting readability, while the date disc is located closer to the inner bezel.
Model: Royal Oak Frosted Gold Selfwinding Chronograph / 41 mm
Flyback chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds and date.
Hammered 18-carat white gold case
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Water-resistant to 50m
Self-winding Calibre 4401
Total diameter: 32 mm (14lignes)
Total thickness: 6.8 mm
Number of parts: 381 parts
Number of jewels: 40
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 70 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
Grey dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, rhodium-toned counters, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.
Hammered 18-carat white gold bracelet with white gold AP folding clasp