Jeweler Carolina Bucci designs a rainbow-dialed Audemars Piguet Royal Oak


Audemars Piguet’s collaboration with the jeweler Caroline Bucci has delivered another eye catching watch, this time a 34mm black ceramic Royal Oak with an interesting variation of its signature Tapisserie dial.

The black dial reveals a hidden secret when it catches the light as it reflects back a spectrum of rainbow colors.

“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 colour,” Ms Bucci describes.

Carolina Bucci.

How the rainbow effect is created is best explained by Audemars Piguet.

“The reflections are achieved with a sapphire plate adorned with little squares achieved through micro-structuring is added on top of the brass dial plate to create rich rainbow-coloured plays of light.

“A golden metallization is also applied onto the back of the sapphire plate to create a mirror effect and shines light onto the dial. The pattern of iridescent colours varies from dial to dial, making each design unique,” the watchmaker says.

Other details include pink gold screws on the bezel and a crystal case back, explosing the Calibre 5800 automatic movement, inscribed with “Limited Edition Carolina Bucci”.

Caolina Bucci’s frosted gold technique used on a Royal Oak limited edition in 2020.

Ms Bucci started working with Audemars Piguet in 2016 for the 40th anniversary of the women’s Royal Oak and has been designing a special edition every two years.

The new Royal Oak is the first that does not use her frosting technique, which is made by punching tiny indentations into gold.

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