When Ralph & Russo nearly introduced its spring 2021 collections from Paris this month, the fashions wore one thing sudden on their wrists: Audemars Piguet’s newest Royal Oak watches. The Swiss watch model and the London vogue home have established a partnership that goes far past the catwalk to incorporate non-public, co-hosted VIPclient experiences across the globe. The aim? Showcasing the posh labels’ shared values of no-compromise craftsmanship and impressed design.
“Ralph & Russo represents expertise on the highest stage, combined with simplicity and authenticity,” says François-Henry Bennahmias, CEO of Audemars Piguet, who notes that the watch model has at all times cultivated cross-disciplinary collaborations with likeminded corporations. “At the start, it was their human values and absolute expertise that drew us to work with them.”
Ralph & Russo’s spring/summer season readyto-wear presentation was complemented by downsized 34-mm variations of Audemars Piguet’s flagship Royal Oak — one of many world’s most coveted males’s watches.
Petite aficionados will proceed to have the choice of a 33-mm quartz-powered Royal Oak, however for many who desire an genuine mechanical motion, the brand new Royal Oak Selfwinding 34-mm lineup consists of 4 variations in stainless-steel, 18-k pink gold and mixed-metals, with costs starting from $18,300 to $44,500. The metal model gives a streamlined silver-toned dial or, for a bit extra pizzazz, a blue-gray dial is paired with a diamond-set bezel. The solid-gold mannequin additionally shines, with a silver-toned dial and a beneficiant splash of diamonds on the bezel.
Regardless of their slim profile, the watches nonetheless embody Royal Oak’s distinctive aesthetic codes. These embrace seen screws on the octagonal bezel and a grid-textured “Grande Tapisserie” dial, engraved with a grooved sample that’s supposed to evoke the warp and weft of a woven tapestry.
As for Ralph & Russo’s high fashion present, solely haute horlogerie would do. Fashions there brandished the Royal Oak Idea Flying Tourbillon (about $157,000), which is available in 18-k pink or white gold, shimmering with the model’s Frosted Gold end.
To create this dazzling impact, designer Carolina Bucci has modernized an historical Florentine jewellery approach: craftspeople wield a tiny, diamond-tipped software to type miniscule indentations on the angular surfaces of the Idea case. The consequence? A vogue ahead Royal Oak with an icy sparkle, like a sprinkling of diamond mud.
A watch motion can roughly comprise between 250 and 500 tiny elements, every meticulously handfinished earlier than being assembled by hand for the watch to work completely.
– François-Henry Bennahmias
The watch’s multilayered dial, in the meantime, attracts consideration to a flying tourbillon cage at 6 o’clock, appointed with a flash of brilliant-cut diamonds. Emanating from that focus are 4 concentric circles, in ombré shades of blue, which improve the dial’s mesmerizing depth. Designers distributed with hour markers in order to not distract from the drama of the placing up to date design.
Such artfulness is matched solely by the intense technicity of the Idea’s hand-wound flying tourbillon motion, designed to offset the results of gravity on timekeeping. The revered mechanism is so advanced that solely the world’s most expert watchmakers try it. However you don’t should be a gearhead to be captivated by the twirling tourbillon on the backside of the dial.
“Haute horlogerie and high fashion share an unbelievable consideration to element,” says Bennahmias. “A watch motion can roughly comprise between 250 and 500 tiny elements, every meticulously handfinished earlier than being assembled by hand for the watch to work completely.”
Equally, he provides, “A gown or a jacket consists of tiny particulars usually invisible to the attention that took hours and hours to perform — from the form of a shoulder to a button to a small design adorning the garment. These tiny invisible particulars straight impression the way in which the gown will look or match ultimately. All the pieces must be excellent.”
And completely timeless.