The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Replica needs little introduction, being one of the most iconic watches in the pantheon of iconic watches.It’s a piece of sublime design that doesn’t come often, all the more reason that it should not be tampered with too much.
First to set the tone is the AAA Audemars Piguet Replica 34mm black ceramic case with pink gold accents in the form of the signature bezel screws, facetted hour markers and hands. The star feature, though is the dial: a rainbow-hued sapphire plate with grid etching that pays tribute to the tapisserie pattern of the classic Royal Oak.
The end result is a stunning black watch paired with a dynamic multicolour prism of a dial that returns myriad hues depending on the angle of incident light. This is achieved by placing a sapphire plate – etched with tiny squares to evoke the tapisserie pattern, and Audemars Piguet Replica Swiss Made treated with a specially developed golden metallisation process for a mirror effect – atop a brass dial plate. The effect is stunning, like looking at a silicon wafer, or a Compact Disc for the very first time.
The Luxury Audemars Piguet Replica case and bracelet are satin-finished with polished chamfers. Turning the watch over, the titanium and sapphire crystal caseback featuring a “Limited Edition Carolina Bucci” inscription frames the self-winding caliber 5800 with 22K pink gold oscillating mass.
In white or pink gold, it introduced collectors to the ancestral technique of Florentine hammering, Swiss Audemars Piguet Replica Watches laborious process of making tiny indentations on gold with a diamond-tipped tool – practically sandblasting by hand – to produce a sparkly effect that Audemars Piguet has dubbed Frosted Gold.
This third piece with a rainbow dial is arguably the prettiest; at the very least, the change from the usual metallic lustre of the Audemars Piguet Replica to black ceramic is most dramatic, one with which a dynamic rainbow dial is able to keep up with. No small feat.