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Audemars Piguet launches mini version of its iconic Royal Oak

By Scott Campbell

Audemars Piguet has launched a new miniature version of its iconic and bestselling Royal Oak model. Executed in a mere 23mm diameter, the new Mini Royal Oak is run on quartz, and available in 18-carat yellow, white or pink gold.

Back in 1972, Gérald Genta, a trained jeweller, created the Royal Oak with a facetted case and bracelet playing with light like the facets of a diamond. The elaborate integrated bracelet was also reminiscent of the sophisticated metal bracelets that had adorned women’s timepieces since the 19th century.

These mini monochrome timepieces combine the strong aesthetic codes of the original Royal Oak with the shimmering brilliance of Frosted Gold to create a striking visual effect. Inspired by an ancient Florentine jewellery technique, the Frosted Gold finish was revisited by jewellery designer Carolina Bucci and adapted by Audemars Piguet artisans in 2016 to adorn the Manufacture’s timepieces. Tiny indentations are made on the gold surface using a diamond-tipped tool, creating a sparkly effect similar to that of precious stones. The visual impact of this decoration underlines the Royal Oak’s affinity with the jewellery world.

This trio of petite watches offer a contemporary interpretation of the 20mm Mini Royal Oak launched in 1997. By rethinking the proportions, architecture, design and performance of the smallest Royal Oak ever made, the new “Mini Oak” collection builds on the Manufacture’s legacy to open up horizons for the slenderest wrists, while adapting to contemporary lifestyle with a quartz movement offering over seven years of battery life.

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