When two big luxury names decide on working together, the result will be nothing less than grand. Audemars Piguet’s encounter with Ralph & Russo brought us a synergy between Haute Horlogerie and Haute Couture: Swiss watch tradition meets innovative and refined fashion design from London.
Ralph & Russo is the first British brand in almost 100 years to be accepted by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Known for their bold designs they now created a unique experience together with Audemars Piguet.
The Swiss watchmaker recently introduced more feminine models to their collection: The Royal Oak Selfwinding now comes with a 34 mm face, specially for smaller wrists. Models made of stainless steel or 18-carat rosé gold are available, some set with diamonds and always with the iconic guilloché dial, named Tapisserie dial.
The new collection in partnership with Ralph & Russo also includes a new version of the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon, which further pursues the concept of interweaving feminine aesthetics and complicated micromechanics. The rosé or white gold watches combine a case with a glittering Frosted Gold-Finish with a contemporary, multi-stage dial. The Frosted Gold-Finish is a centuries-old Florentine goldsmithing technique that was now first used on the Royal Oak – tiny notches make the surface sparkle like a gemstone.
Every detail, invisible or salient, is carefully thought of and promises complex craftsmanship. The latest models from Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak and Royal Oak Concept collections were shown on the Ralph & Russo S/S 2021 Prêt-à-Porter catwalk.