What We Know
As part of the continued focus on the Royal Oak’s 50th birthday, Audemars Piguet recently announced a brand-new collaboration based on the 34mm black ceramic Royal Oak. Designed in partnership with Carolina Bucci, the aptly-named Royal Oak Selfwinding Carolina Bucci Limited Edition offers up a vibrant, almost electric rainbow sapphire dial that flows across the spectrum of color while retaining a simplified elemental take on AP’s signature Tapisserie dial.
This is the third Royal Oak that has been produced in collaboration with Bucci. Inspired by an urban landscape, the rainbow effect is achieved by using a sapphire dial set with tiny patterned squares that sit atop a brass dial plate. The dial has a mirror finish and the color patterning varies for each dial, so every watch in the 300-piece edition is unique.
In a quote provided by Audemars Piguet, Bucci says, “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 color of the spectrum on a canvas that is completely black, which is itself the absence of color.” That oily iridescence is matched by the dark black ceramic and pink gold accents for the dial furniture, handset, and bezel screws.
Underneath the dial that carries the full brand signature (that has been filled with white lacquer), a date at three, and little else besides that range of glowing color, we find AP’s Caliber 5800. Ticking at 4 Hz and offering a 50-hour power reserve, the 5800’s 22k pink gold rotor can be viewed through the titanium and sapphire display caseback.
The Royal Oak Selfwinding Carolina Bucci Limited Edition is limited to 300 pieces and offered exclusively through AP boutiques and AP Houses for $54,200.
What We Think
Tossing the Royal Oak’s core stoicism to the side, this 34mm black ceramic is a fascinating mix between the stark slickness of the ceramic case and its pink gold accents and the eye-catching, almost surprising play of the color, reflection, and patterning of the dial.
I think this collaboration makes the most of a new dial by rethinking not only the colorspace of the dial (or lack thereof) but also the texture of the dial. I really like the way they’ve retained the loose parameters of the Tapisserie design while entirely rethinking every other aspect. The result looks special, exciting, and even manages to look unique despite its anchoring to the well-known and often sedentary format of the Royal Oak.
Brand: Audemars Piguet
Model: Royal Oak Selfwinding Carolina Bucci Limited Edition 34mm
Reference Number: 77350CE.OO.1266CE.02
Case Material: Black ceramic
Dial Color: Rainbow sapphire dial
Water Resistance: 50 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Integrated black ceramic bracelet with titanium clasp
Caliber: AP Selfwinding caliber 5800
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz
Pricing & Availability
Availability: AP boutiques and AP Houses
Limited Edition: Yes, 300 pieces.
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The Royal Oak Selfwinding Carolina Bucci Limited Edition is being sold through Audemars Piguet boutiques and AP Houses. For more information, click here.
The HODINKEE Shop features a selection of pre-owned Royal Oaks; explore the collection here.