What’s left of the “dial” is basically a satin-brushed, ruthenium-toned ring round the edge and both anthracite sub-dials. There is a rehaut printed using a minute chapter ring too. In my experience, legibility is not the strongest suit for a skeletonized watch, but that’s less of a problem in the case of this watch. The use of pink gold applied hour markers and pink gold baton-shaped hands, both filled with lume, should offer sufficient legibility in most light conditions. The “Audemars Piguet” logo is printed onto the surface of the sapphire crystal on front, which gives it a pleasant floating effect.The sub-dials are easy with white printed text and white baton-shaped hands. The sub-dial at 3:00 suggests chronograph minutes and the one at 9:00 shows constant moments. One possible issue with legibility must do with the chronograph seconds hand, which is black with a lumed white tip. Between how thin the hand is and the color, reading the chronograph elapsed time might be more cumbersome than people may like. It’s not easy to say for sure until we get our hands on a tangible case of this watch.I’ve abandoned the case and bracelet description for the past because those are a few of the most recognizable aspects of the watch. This is the same Gerald Genta design that is so popular among several collectors however with 44mm by 13.2mm case dimensions. This is a somewhat large watch with a broad bezel on both front and back. All the right lines and sharp angles additionally give it a larger look. The Audemars Piguet Wall Watch Replica Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph is offered in two case substances — titanium and rose gold. There will be the obvious visual differences in both substances but what I find interesting is that ceramic is generally a light material with high tensile strength, while gold is a dense but soft material. This signifies is that the experience of wearing each variation should be substantially different, and that I personally find this interesting.
Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak Frosted Gold last year to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first ladies’ Royal Oak, yet the watch garnered significant attention from a male audience despite being aimed squarely at women. In fact, at SIHH earlier this year, AP boss Francois-Henry Bennahmias was wearing a prototype men’s Royal Oak ref. 15400 with the same frosted gold finish. As anticipated, the prototype has made it into production – in a limited edition, no less.
That “frosted” decoration is the result of a collaboration between the Le Brassus watchmaker and Florentine jeweller Carolina Bucci, whose signature technique involves hammering gold with a diamond-tipped tool to create minute indentations on the surface. The result is a fine, tactile and sparkly finish – a decidedly modern approach that mimics the look of gem-encrustation without the jewels.
Understandably, applying this jewellery technique to the angular lines of the Gérald Genta-design came with its challenges. The team had to ensure that the finishing would neither alter the clean lines of the hallmark octagonal bezel nor the fluidity of the bracelet. Consequently, the finishing has to be applied by hand to individual components one at a time. In effect, this hand-finishing technique ensures that each watch is different.
The Frosted Gold watches were originally only available in 33m and 37mm versions for ladies, which were equipped with a quartz calibre and the automatic cal. 3120 respectively. Now the 41mm Frosted Gold for men is powered by the in-house cal. 3120 automatic. It is available only in white gold with a blue “Grande Tapisserie” dial.
Price and Availability
The Royal Oak Frosted Gold for men (ref. 15410BC.GG.1224BC.01) is a limited edition of 200 pieces, and is priced at US$55,000.