It's been exactly 64 days since I first held the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Replica Frosted Gold, and it's now been exactly 64 days of me missing it. This replica watch is everything I want and more. It's sporty, cool, classic, sparkly, too much, too little, and, most of all, I need it. Like, a lot. But before getting into my effusive feelings on this beauty, let's get into the story behind this awesome timepiece and how it came to be in the first place.
Where Did This replica watch Come From?
If you are an avid reader of HODINKEE, you likely know the history of the Royal Oak like back of your wrist. In any case, here is a quick refresher.
The Royal Oak was designed by now-legendary cheap replica watch designer Gerald Genta in 1971. It shot to super-stardom over the years and was released in many different variations and references (the 5402, 14802, 15400, and 15202, to name a few) continuously from then until now. The replica watch has always been known for it's sporty octagonal case shape, substantial link bracelet, and grande tapisserie dial. It is an icon and even if you don't like it, you kind of have to respect its status in the horological hall of fame.
At this year's SIHH, we saw a lot of new Royal Oak releases, including the new Royal Oak Extra-Thin "Jumbo" reference 15202 in yellow gold, the black ceramic Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, and even the Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin Openworked in stainless steel (oof). But the highlight for me was the Royal Oak Frosted Gold. This thing was seriously dope and I mean that in the least precocious way possible.
What The Heck Is 'Frosted Gold' Anyway?
"Frosted Gold" is like the extra pizza topping you never knew you needed. Sure, that pepperoni pizza is good, but have you tried it with hot honey? Nah, didn't think so. Frosted Gold is just like that.
First thing's first, this replica watch was created to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the first ladies' Royal Oak designed by Jacqueline Dimier in 1976 (technically the Frosted Gold was released in 2016, even if it wasn't available to view until SIHH). It was a pretty big deal at the time because most women's replica watches weren't that sporty and Dimier's design was true to the men's Royal Oak but with some slight changes to size and aesthetics.