Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked in 37 and 41 mm (new versions with gem-set rainbow bezel)

Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet has recently expanded its Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked series by launching three new references in 41 mm and two in 37 mm, all displaying a rainbow bezel composed of multicoloured gemstones. The attention to detail at the heart of these timepieces and their interplay of colours, materials and refined decorations draw inspirations from diverse worlds, including Haute Joaillerie and Haute Couture.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked in 37 and 41 mm (new versions with gem-set rainbow bezel)

The scintillating effect of the Frosted Gold case and bracelet is emphasized by the array of vivid and brilliant rainbow-coloured gemstones carefully selected to reach a harmonious colour spectrum. These contrasted plays of light illuminate the Manufacture’s state-of-the-art open-worked double balance wheel mechanism visible on both sides of the watch. Blending age-old techniques with contemporary design, these new timepieces radiate timeless elegance.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked in 37 and 41 mm (new versions with gem-set rainbow bezel)
Audemars Piguet presents a new rainbow bezel set with 12 different types of multi-coloured gem-stones, including ruby, tsavorite, emerald, topaz, tanzanite, amethyst and a variety of coloured sapphires. Each of the 32 baguette-cut gemstones composing the rainbow has been meticulously chosen to offer vivid hues, a smooth gradation and seamless harmony when combined. The progressing shades of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple also bring out the octagonal geometry of the bezel.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked in 37 and 41 mm (new versions with gem-set rainbow bezel)

The 32 gemstones have been individually cut and polished to present sharp and clear angles, before being set by hand on the gold bezel. Perfectly aligned, the gemstones reflect light to create a unique optical experience akin to that of a rainbow.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked in 37 and 41 mm (new versions with gem-set rainbow bezel)

The case and bracelet of the 37 and 41 mm models in white, pink or yellow gold shimmer with Frosted Gold – a finishing technique first produced in collaboration with Carolina Bucci in 2016 for the 40th anniversary of the ladies’ Royal Oak. The jewellery designer has reinterpreted this ancient technique in her contemporary jewellery creations and assisted the Manufacture’s craftspeople in developing it into a horological craft suited to the Royal Oak’s case and bracelet.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked in 37 and 41 mm (new versions with gem-set rainbow bezel)

Tiny indentations are created on the gold surface with a diamond-tipped tool, giving a sparkle effect similar to that of precious stones, like “diamond dust.” Superposed to the bezel’s polished bevels, this finishing highlights the Royal Oak’s unique geometry and design codes, while capturing attention from a distance.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked in 37 and 41 mm (new versions with gem-set rainbow bezel)

The rainbow bezel and Frosted Gold case open onto the open-worked Manufacture movement, Calibre 3132, and its double balance wheel mechanism. This patented innovation, released by Audemars Piguet in 2016, improves the watch’s precision and stability. By incorporating two balance wheels and two hairsprings assembled on the same axis, the system oscillates in perfect synchrony. Visible on both sides of the case, the double balance wheel confers a rare glimpse at the watch’s beating heart.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked in 37 and 41 mm (new versions with gem-set rainbow bezel)

In addition, the open-worked bridges reveal part of the gear train on the dial and caseback sides. An Audemars Piguet speciality since the 1930s, open-working is an art balancing aesthetics and function.

For the first time, the Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked in 41 mm displays a rainbow-coloured bezel. Frosted Gold models in yellow and pink gold also make their debut in the collection.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked in 37 and 41 mm (new versions with gem-set rainbow bezel)

Keeping with the aesthetics of the current 41 mm offering, the new yellow, pink or white Frosted Gold case and bracelet are contrasted by the open-worked movement’s slate grey NAC-coated bridges and enhanced by the dial’s black inner bezel. The two-tone design is accentuated as the double balance wheel at 8 o’clock takes on yellow gold-toned, pink gold-toned or rhodium-toned hues to echo the case’s colour. Similarly, the hour-markers and luminescent Royal Oak hands are crafted in yellow, pink or white gold.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked in 37 and 41 mm (new versions with gem-set rainbow bezel)

The Manufacture releases two new 37 mm Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked references in 18-carat pink and yellow gold for the smaller wrists to complement the 18-carat white gold piece launched in 2019. Both sport a matching pink or yellow gold-toned open-worked movement, sharply contrasted by the blackened open-worked barrel at 1 o’clock which discloses the watch’s mainspring.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked in 37 and 41 mm (new versions with gem-set rainbow bezel)

In the same tone as the movement and case, the pink or yellow gold hour-makers and luminescent Royal Oak hands blend in to foreground the artistry of Calibre 3132.

The new Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel in 37 and 41 mm is exclusively available in Audemars Piguet’s Boutiques from October 2021.

Technical details

Movement
Self-winding Calibre 3132
Total diameter: 26.6mm (11 ¾ lignes)
Total thickness: 5.6mm
Number of jewels: 38
Number of parts: 245
Minimum guaranteed power reserve: 45 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Hours, minutes and centre seconds

Model: Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked / 41 mm
Reference: 15412OR.YG.1224OR.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked 41mm with Hammered 18-carat pink gold case and rainbow bezel

Case
Hammered 18-carat pink gold case, bezel set with 32 “rainbow” baguette-cut multicoloured gemstones, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m.
Case thickness: 10 mm.

Dial
Open-worked slate grey dial, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet
Hammered 18-carat pink gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

Model: Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked / 41 mm
Reference: 15412BA.YG.1224BA.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked 41mm with Hammered 18-carat yellow gold case and rainbow bezel

Case
Hammered 18-carat yellow gold case, bezel set with “rainbow” baguette-cut multicoloured gemstones, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m.
Case thickness: 10 mm.

Dial
Open-worked slate grey dial, yellow gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet
Hammered 18-carat yellow gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

Model: Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked / 41 mm
Reference: 15412BC.YG.1224BC.03

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked 41mm with Hammered 18-carat white gold case and rainbow bezel

Case
Hammered 18-carat white gold case, bezel set with “rainbow” baguette-cut multicoloured gemstones, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m.
Case thickness: 10 mm.

Dial
Open-worked slate grey dial, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating

Bracelet
Hammered 18-carat white gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

Model: Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked / 37 mm
Reference: 15468OR.YG.1259OR.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked 37mm with Hammered 18-carat pink gold case and rainbow bezel

Case
Hammered 18-carat pink gold case, bezel set with “rainbow” baguette-cut multicoloured gemstones, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m.
Case thickness: 10 mm.

Dial
Pink gold-toned open-worked dial, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet
Hammered 18-carat pink gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

Model: Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked / 37 mm
Reference: 15468BA.YG.1259BA.01

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Open-worked 37mm with Hammered 18-carat yellow gold case and rainbow bezel

Case
Hammered 18-carat yellow gold case, bezel set with “rainbow” baguette-cut multicoloured gemstones, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m.
Case thickness: 10 mm.

Dial
Yellow gold-toned open-worked dial, yellow gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet
Hammered 18-carat yellow gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

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