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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Makes a Glowing Comeback with Miniature Versions
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by Savoir Flair 5-minute read June 12, 2024

Elegance on a grand scale — now in a captivating mini version.

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Since its debut in 1972, the Royal Oak has set a benchmark in the luxury watchmaking industry. Originally designed by the legendary Gérald Genta, the Royal Oak featured a revolutionary sporty design with a distinctive octagonal bezel and an integrated bracelet, both crafted from hand-finished steel. Its original large 39mm diameter and functional blend of a highly readable dial with a robust yet elegant aesthetic have made the Royal Oak a beloved icon among watch enthusiasts.

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Audemars Piguet has a long-standing tradition in the art of miniaturization that dates back to the 19th century. Its first feminine creations featured extremely small, complicated mechanisms fitted in elegant yet discreet pendants, brooches, or ring watches, often adorned with enameled cases set with precious stones. This tradition of crafting small, innovative watches set the stage for later developments, including the world’s smallest five-minute repeater movement in 1921 and the smallest baguette-style movement in 1927, creating new styles of bracelet watches and wristwatches for both women and men endowed with original shapes and designs.

These mini CREATIONS pay tribute not only to Audemars Piguet’s long tradition of miniature and jewelry watches but also to the WOMEN who have left their MARK on the history of the brand.

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The Royal Oak builds on this longstanding legacy. In 1976, Jacqueline Dimier, Audemars Piguet’s head of product design at the time, revisited and refined the original’s proportions into a 29mm diameter, further aligning it with feminine aesthetics. This paved the way for the Mini Royal Oak, first introduced in 1997, which took miniaturization to new dimensions with even smaller, more delicate proportions.

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In a thrilling new development, Audemars Piguet is pleased to introduce a fresh iteration of this classic — the Royal Oak Mini. This new line, a testament to the brand’s mastery in horology and miniature craftsmanship, features quartz models measuring just 23mm in diameter and meticulously crafted in choices of 18-carat yellow, white, or pink gold. These miniature timepieces merge the strong aesthetic codes of the original Royal Oak with luminous Frosted Gold, creating a spectacular visual effect that caters to contemporary tastes and the slenderest of wrists.

SMALL, CHARMING, CREATIVE, almost FRIVOLOUS, the new Royal Oak Mini watches revive a feminine myth.

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Ilaria Resta, Chief Executive Officer at Audemars Piguet, highlights, “These mini creations pay tribute not only to Audemars Piguet’s long tradition of miniature and jewelry watches but also to the women who have left their mark on the history of the brand, including Jacqueline Dimier to whom we owe the first Royal Oak for women, and Carolina Bucci, the mastermind behind the Frosted Gold finish.”

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Sébastian Vivas, Heritage and Museum Director at Audemars Piguet, adds, “Small, charming, creative, almost frivolous, the new Royal Oak Mini watches revive a feminine myth born in 1997. They demonstrate the extraordinary plasticity of the Royal Oak collection, which transcends decades, gender, trends, and dimensions.” With these new additions, Audemars Piguet continues to innovate within its storied Royal Oak line, offering an elegant testament to the art of miniaturization. 

Below, Savoir Flair explores eight interesting qualities of the new Royal Oak Mini.

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Compact Elegance

The Royal Oak Mini measures a mere 23mm in diameter, providing a delicate yet powerful presence on the wrist, perfectly balancing compactness with the distinctive Royal Oak design.

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Frosted Gold Finish

The Royal Oak Mini is adorned with the Frosted Gold finish, a technique developed by Carolina Bucci for the Manufacture in 2016 and expertly adapted by Audemars Piguet’s artisans. This finish creates a sparkle akin to precious stones, enhancing the watch’s visual appeal. The design continues to blur the lines between jewelry and watchmaking, emphasized by its hammered 18-carat gold bracelet and case, blending aesthetics with functional craftsmanship.

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Color Variants

Available in 18-carat yellow, white, or pink gold, the Royal Oak Mini allows for personal expression through color preference while maintaining a glamorous feel. Each variant features a tone-on-tone Petite Tapisserie dial that complements its shimmering case and bracelet.

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Quartz Movement

The Royal Oak Mini is powered by the Quartz Calibre 2730, which is adorned with high-end Haute Horlogerie decorations that exemplify traditional craftsmanship alongside modern technology. This compact movement, measuring only 15.7mm in diameter and 2.2mm in thickness, ensures over seven years of battery life, providing both reliability and precision for a dynamic lifestyle.

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Heritage-Inspired

The Royal Oak Mini reflects Audemars Piguet’s rich history of crafting miniature and jewelry watches, showcasing the brand’s deep respect for its heritage as it embraces contemporary design. This model combines traditional aesthetics with modern innovations, ensuring each timepiece is both a nod to the past and a step towards the future.

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Standing the Test of Time

Built to the rigorous standards of durability and precision that Audemars Piguet is known for, the Royal Oak Mini models offer a robust and elegant case with a thickness of 6.6mm and glareproofed sapphire crystal, water-resistant up to 50 meters.

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A Collector's Dream

The Royal Oak Mini collection is available in limited quantities, making each piece a valuable addition to any collection and appealing to both long-time admirers of the brand and new generations of luxury watch enthusiasts.

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No Compromise on Detail

The Mini retains all the classic elements of the original Royal Oak, including the octagonal bezel and the distinctive Petite Tapisserie pattern, perfectly adapted to fit the smaller size. This showcases Audemars Piguet’s unwavering commitment to craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail.

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