Fine jewellery meets couture in Audemars Piguet x Ralph & Russo collaboration
There’s nothing better than a marriage of minds between two luxury brands, as they intertwine their craftsmanship and creativity in order to breathe new life into timeless pieces…
Audemars Piguet has teamed up with British luxury fashion house Ralph & Russo to craft a line of breathtakingly beautiful watches, that align perfectly with the fashion house’s Spring/Summer 2021 Prêt-à-Porter collection: introducing Royal Oak and Royal Oak Concept.
These two timepieces perfectly reflect just how Audemars Piguet and Ralph & Russo share similar values and mirror one another in terms of savoir-faire, craftsmanship and timeless style.
“We have long been admirers, as well as clients, of Audemars Piguet and their exceptional watches and as such, were thrilled by the prospect of a partnership,” says Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, creative director and CEO of Ralph & Russo.
“Beyond our personal affinity for the brand, we felt a strong connection and alignment through our mutual dedication to both uncompromising craftsmanship and the creation of wonderfully unique styles that withstand the test of time.”
“I was struck by Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo’s warm welcome when we first met; they represent talent at the highest level mixed with simplicity and authenticity,” says François-Henry Bennahmias, CEO of Audemars Piguet.
“The fun part was when we actually realised that our watches had already been paired with their exceptional designs many times by clients in real life, who didn’t need to wait for this partnership to match our two brands!”
The new collaboration welcomes a fresh outlook on the classic designs the Swiss luxury watchmaker is best known for.
Audemars Piguet has even created the Royal Oak self-winding model in 34 mm designed for those of us with smaller wrists. This new line includes four different timepieces in stainless steel and 18-carat pink gold, providing endless options for the fashionistas who enjoy matching their watches to their daily outfits.
Ralph & Russo’s new collection is further enhanced by a new take on the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon, which pursues the Royal Oak Concept’s interweaving of refined feminine aesthetics with intricate micro-mechanics.
Available in 18-carat pink or white gold, the new Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon combines the case’s shimmering gold finish with a contemporary dial composed of multiple layers, adorned in frosted gold — an ancient Florentine jewellery technique revisited by jewellery designer Carolina Bucci and adapted to adorn Audemars Piguet’s timepieces.