BLOWING HOT AND COLD
As autumn gently settles into the northern hemisphere, the watchmaker based in Le Brassus is offering a delicate color palette with these two new timepieces adapted to the thinnest of wrists.
Change of season equals new colors. You only need to observe nature adopting a changing, shimmering, even flamboyant coat. And if you are not lucky enough to live in the heart of the Vallée de Joux, simply embrace the landscape, even the urban one, to realize that yes, autumn is here. A somewhat ambivalent season, it blows hot and cold, with near-winter temperatures in the morning and rather spring-like temperatures in the afternoon, as in the Royal Oak Automatique 37mm duo recently unveiled by Audemars Piguet, which offers warm hues but with different intensity.
As dawn begins to break and the sun has not yet risen high in the sky, the freshness of the morning is embodied by the white gold version whose case and lugs are covered with 124 brilliants (1.38 carats). The rhodium-plated dial, cut in the famous Grande Tapisserie checkerboard pattern, features hour markers, including a double set at 12 o’clock, and Royal Oak hands in white gold, and is curved with a bezel lined with 40 stones – pink sapphires and rubies – in a glowing gradation (0.96 carat).
Later in the day, when the weather is milder, more clement, this warm wave translates into the pink gold variant, whose 9.8mm thick case houses the same automatic caliber 3120 (60-hour power reserve). The ivory face, a hue echoed on the satin calf leather strap, blends harmoniously with the yellow sapphires, red garnets and orange spessartites on the bezel.
Price: 56’100 CHF
By Sharmila Bertin