The first ladies’ Royal Oak was designed by Jacqueline Dimier, debuting just four years after the original dropped. Dimier joined Swiss fake Audemars Piguet in 1975, having developed her own personal style independently designing jewelry in the ’60s, and took the time to play with GG’s mold-breaking design. Paying homage to the distinct character of its predecessor, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak replica for women managed to strike a balance between sporty and elegant. Coming in at 29mm, Dimier’s Reference 8638 was a far cry from the typical jewelry-like women’s watches. It has undergone several iterations since then and has become a real IYKYK item for talent like Mary-Kate Olsen, Serena Williams, Megan Thee Stallion, January Jones, and of course Cara Barrett. Icons only.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Dimier’s design in 2016, 1:1 fake Audemars Piguet launched a 33mm version with Carolina Bucci, famous for her “Florentine finish.”
Bucci was deeply inspired by GG’s design, challenged and inspired by its perfection to create another female-first alternative. Much like Dimier, she wanted to break the rules: “The industry is very masculine and very technical,” Bucci told The New York Times. “Anything done for women is an adaptation, whether it’s smaller, given a pink strap, or slapped in diamonds.” That’s a more articulate way of framing the “shrink it and pink it” approach that, until recently, has been the patronizing go-to for many luxury copy watch brands.
Reporting in 2016, Cara lauded Bucci’s design for breathing new life into the AAA replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak lineage. But she wasn’t completely sold: “The 33mm watches are powered by the caliber 2713, which, unfortunately, is a quartz movement,” she wrote. “AP makes such great in-house movements that are often found in cheap copy Audemars Piguet Royal Oaks, and it’s a bit of a letdown to see something quartz used here.” No shade to quartz watches, but she did have a point: For this special 40th-anniversary watch, wasn’t it fair to expect a mechanical movement? It’s hard to imagine any Swiss watchmaker using quartz for such a high-profile piece if it were designed for men.
Where Are We Now?
So then, back to black – as in this 34mm ceramic, with reference number 77350CE.OO.1266CE.01.
This one, my friends, has a mechanical movement. The fact that it’s a small size and automatic legitimizes “ladies” timepieces. Incidentally, Audemars Piguet replica for sale UK also released an updated version of the Bucci in this same July round of novelties and – are you ready? It’s also automatic, powered by the self-winding Calibre 5800, featuring 50 hours of power reserve. Between these two, it seems luxury copy Audemars Piguet has learned a bit in the last five years, reframing what it might mean to make a women’s watch.
Then there’s the material. Audemars Piguet replica Paypal are often steel, which sounds tough, but because they’re so finished and so polished, they’re prone to scratching (regardless of whether or not you wear your watch Kylie Jenner-style, stacked with three Cartier Love bracelets). But ceramic? Stack away! It’s essentially scratch-resistant. Plus, it’s durable, lightweight and, fun fact, it’s also hypoallergenic. This material choice feels particularly timely, as the market has already been acclimated, just this year alone, via Tudor’s successful Black Bay Ceramic and the similar Omega Seamaster Professional 300m Black Black. Unlike those releases, however, this watch is enhanced with 18-carat pink-gold screws, applied hour markers, and cheap copy Audemars Piguet Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. And pulling it all together is the unmistakable “Grande Tapisserie” dial.
Now, 34mm, by most people’s standards, would be considered a ladies’ watch. And it was launched as such. But if you look at its official listing on the high quality replica Audemars Piguet website today, you may have yourself a chuckle. This piece, they say, is and I quote: “Dedicated to the slenderest wrists.” The slenderest of wrists! They don’t mention anything about this being a ladies’ or a men’s watch. It’s just for our slender-wristed friends, which as we all know, could be anyone. It’s me, it’s Ryan Gosling … is it you? I like to believe that luxury fake Audemars Piguet execs read Cara Barrett’s piece on why All Watches Should Be Unisex and then locked themselves in a design studio until they spun this baby up, although this watch is still listed under the Ladies collection. My editor, a certain male HODINKEE vice president, has said he’d wear this watch in a heartbeat.