The new 34 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding Carolina Bucci limited edition marks the third collaboration between Audemars Piguet and the fourth-generation Florentine fine jewellery designer Carolina Bucci. The first collaboration was in 2016 for the 40th anniversary of the women’s Royal Oak, created by Jacqueline Dimier in 1976.
At that time, the Italian designer brought the ancestral technique of Florentine hammering, or Frosted Gold, to the complex architecture of the Royal Oak. This technique consists of creating tiny concavity in the gold with a diamond-tipped tool. The result is a sparkle that looks like diamond dust.
The second collaboration came in 2018 when Carolina Bucci signed a 300 pieces limited edition for Audemars Piguet, entirely crafted in frosted yellow gold with a unique mirrored dial. Through the dial, the designer evokes an impression of the lake surface on a calm day, reflecting the surrounding landscape.
Her third collaboration with Audemars Piguet is the limited edition 34 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding, in which Carolina Bucci puts a surprise on the timepiece. She has left behind the Frosted Gold technique and focused on contrasts between an all-black ceramic piece with a surprising dial.
The Tapisserie pattern is reinterpreted with a play of iridescent squares. On closer inspection to the watch, it reveals a multi-coloured spectrum that brings the Tapisserie effect to life in the ever-changing light.
“I wanted to place a rainbow in the most unexpected of places, a little like when you see oil floating on a puddle in a city street. So here you have every colour of the spectrum on a canvas that is completely black, which is itself the absence of colour,” said the jewellery designer about the watch.
The rich rainbow-coloured play of light is created by adding a sapphire plate embellished with little squares achieved through micro-structuring on top of the brass dial plate.
A specially developed golden metallisation is also applied onto the back of the sapphire plate to create a mirror effect and shines light onto the dial. The pattern of iridescent colours varies from dial to dial, making each design unique.
On the dial, the AP monogram has vanished to leave pride of place to the long-form signature. It has been engraved on top of the sapphire plate and filled with white lacquer due to the singularity of the dial imagined by Bucci.
The black ceramic case and bracelet are highlighted by hexagonal pink gold screws that secure the bezel to create an elegant contrast of colours. The satin-finished case and bracelet paired with polished chamfers enhance maximum play on light.
The “Limited Edition Carolina Bucci” inscription is engraved on the titanium and sapphire case back and reveals the Calibre 5800 beneath.
This exceptional watch comes in a special presentation box, also designed by Carolina Bucci and is exclusively available in Audemars Piguet boutiques and AP Houses.