Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm Watch

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm Watch

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm Watch Watch Releases

During SIHH 2016, Audemars Piguet released two Royal Oak Frosted Gold watches – a 33mm quartz version and a 37mm automatic one. For those who enjoy some bling in their watches and a larger case size, the brand has a added a 41mm limited edition option, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm watch, to the line.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm Watch Watch Releases

The "frosted gold" used in the making of the case and the bracelet is prepared using a hammering technique by Italian jeweler, Carolina Bucci. The metal is frosted after the components are shaped but before assembly, much like other decorative techniques. For those of you who are curious, Audemars Piguet has a short video which shows a few fleeting seconds of the process underway here – note that this isn't done by a wise, old watchmaker behind a desk but by an efficient machine.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm Watch Watch Releases

Sometimes one can get lost in the seductive illusion that more is done by hand than, in reality, is possible with certain techniques and modern expectations for tolerances. The frosting gives the gold a shiny effect similar to that of having diamond powder on the surface, just less reflective. The bezel edges are polished and case edges beveled for some additional pop in between the frosting, and the caseband is brushed (perhaps there is such a thing as too much bling). The "frosted" finishing is not often seen in cases (movement parts and dials, more often), which makes this an interesting and unusual look that should probably be viewed in person to determine just how attractive/wearable/masculine/blingy or otherwise it is. Aside from the use of the frosted gold, this is essentially the blue-dial version of the time-only Royal Oak that we've come to know in various forms over the years since Gerald Genta designed it.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm Watch Watch Releases

While the previous smaller variants were offered in white and rose gold, this 41mm Royal Oak will only be available in white gold. It has the blue tapisserie dial with a matching blue date window. I always thought the Royal Oak shined best with a blue (not white) dial. The hands and applied markers are gold, of course, and filled with a sliver of Super-LumiNova to make the watch legible at night. The bracelet is the familiar and very comfortable design. Like the 37mm frosted gold sibling, it is powered by the automatic caliber 3120, which offers 60 hours of power reserve, beats at 3Hz, and has the customary, solid 22ct gold, decorated monobloc rotor – all of which is visible through a display caseback.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm Watch Watch Releases

Those wanting to stock up on some bling will have to hurry as the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm is limited to 200 pieces only. If you happen to miss out, you could always console yourself by purchasing a set of Royal Oak cufflinks that the brand released with the watch. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm is available at retailers and boutiques for $55,000 and a pair of the cufflinks will set you back $4,200 for the gold and $1,600 for steel. audemarspiguet.com

What do you think?
  • Thumbs up (7)
  • I want it! (6)
  • Classy (3)
  • I love it! (2)
  • Interesting (1)
  • Norbs K

    One word.
    BLING!

  • SuperStrapper

    These marketing images are complete shit. Bokeh took priority over giving potential consumers a good solid look at the product: a subtle insult to all AP would-bes.

    I’m sure the frosting is done with expertise, but these crummy images make it look uneven and cheap.

  • I guess it’s interesting by virtue of being different. But it reminds me of the gold nugget style of jewelry that was popular decades ago. Somehow “classy” and “timeless” are not words that come to my mind with this RO. As Norbs K said – Bling. Maybe as a ladies piece but 41 mm is still large for most women.

    • WINKS

      And the ‘bark’ look Rolex used in the past on their Day/Dats Presidents…

  • Pete Pete

    how much does it cost to have this abomination polished back to something royal oak like?

  • Tea Hound

    Not bad, but I think this watch would look a lot better with a pavé diamond face to match the case finish. It could also do with being at least 45mm wide and a bit thicker too, say 15mm – there’s not enough wrist heft here. I’d probably want one of these in yellow gold too, with a mixture of pavé diamonds and topaz to give a classy ‘snow in the desert’ feel to the watch. And I’d need a solitaire diamond in the crown and for Audemars Piguet to be in a larger font size.

  • William Jones

    Are there really enough Russian oligarchs to make this watch a success? No one in China will touch it these days…way too flashy.

  • TheChuphta

    The perfect gift for the person who has everything, except taste.

  • DanW94

    N’Sync, Guy Fieri and the 90’s called, they want their frosted tips back.

    • WINKS

      Don’t forget Frosty The Snowman!

  • Mikita

    Rapper’s delight edition

  • It looks like someone rescued it from a fire.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    To be honest I’m getting really bored with this brand and their money grabbing antics. This looks like it’s been formed from compacted fecal matter and glitter. The dial of the piece just looks like cheap blue plastic. Believe me, this has nothing to do with jealousy (I can’t afford it, therefor i hate it ), i wouldn’t be seen dead walking about with this monstrosity on…………..oh, just been told, sold out.

    • 200 Fathoms

      “…compacted fecal matter and glitter.” Phrase of the week!

    • PollyO

      I can see what they were trying to achieve. But only just. Because it’s so far away from the crap they actually churned out that it’s almost out of sight.

  • Luciano

    I believe these photos are a poor representation of the frosted effect. In real life, the frosted pink gold edition in smaller sizes (i.e. for women) it actually looks very nice. But again, it’s a much smaller piece and I believe a bit of ‘bling’ fits better with women.

  • BNABOD

    Huh…I am going to go with NO
    No doubt Marius will rush to get one for his Ladyboy ” friend” though

  • Marius

    Although I was a bit skeptical at first, I have to say that I find the frosted finishing a very interesting approach, creating an attractive overall look.

    Choosing the Royal Oak for this finishing technique was quite appropriate as the Royal Oak itself was always an unorthodox and unconventional watch that had an important effect for the watch industry. What’s more, the rather complex case & bracelet of the Royal Oak are a very good “canvas” for the skill of the jewler.

    As for the actual result, I find that this watch looks very cool. Granted, in the 3D renderings, the case looks rather blingy & kitschy. However, in reality, the effect is much more subtle, especially in the case of the white gold reference. From a distance, you don’t really notice the finish, and only upon a closer inspection can you notice that this is not a regular Royal Oak. In my opinion, this watch is an interesting combination between semi-bling and discreteness. Not to mention that the blue dial creates a very elegant contrast, and the 3120 caliber is an excellent movement. The only question mark is whether the frosted finish will be applied entirely by hand, or if a combination of handwork & machine will be used. It appears that the latter option will be applied by AP, although it’s not entirely certain.

    Lastly, the $55,000 is certainly very high, but not exactly ridiculous. Keep in mind that a gold Patek Nautilus, for instance, also costs around $54,000, and that’s without the frosted finish. So, overall, it’s not such a terrible price, all things considered. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3358de4d095df7eb45483112a974f3b86912e084a2d829fe304d71b0eb85b471.jpg

  • IG

    It’s gonna be a hit among snowmen but I pass.

  • MeaCulpa

    This I like, I think it’s a bit expensive, but that doesn’t detract from an interesting and good looking finish. Sadly the finish looks even better on the ladies size so 39mm please!?

  • Pete L

    Different but not for me. I guess seeing in the metal might improve matters but not sure there is anything wrong with the plain steel one! (still something not quite right about gold Royal Oaks – the fact they were steel was part of the revolutionary appeal surely?)
    Might be good for a rapper that cant quite afford the fully diamond encrusted version.

  • John Stevens

    There doesn’t seem to be a price for the frosted tie pin which would suit this watch every bit as much as the cufflinks.

  • Berndt Norten

    The only thing I want frosted are my Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious)

    • Tea Hound

      Is that some sort of euphemism? I’ve never heard of them being called that before.

      • Berndt Norten

        They may have been sold only in northern countries. Go to YouTube or google ‘frosted lucky charms’

      • Berndt Norten

        Actually I just googled. The name was Lucky Charms but the box says ‘frosted oat cereal with marshmallow bits’. So the commercial jingle added the the word ‘frosted’

    • SuperStrapper

      Don’t you mean ME Lucky Charms?

      Really gotta ladle on that Irish stereotype.

  • DaddyFlip

    Royal Oak is mass market lump charcoal at 10 bucks a bag. Burns great and gives good flavor. This is just a lump. APRO went out of style right after disco. It’s barfalicious.