The latest Ralph & Russo Spring/Summer 2021 Prêt-à-Porter collection will be accessorised with Audemars Piguet’s new Royal Oak and Royal Oak concept models
September 23, 2020: Haute Horlogerie meets Haute Couture as Audemars Piguet and Ralph & Russo join for a unique creative collaboration. Audemars Piguet’s latest Royal Oak and Royal Oak Concept models will complement Ralph & Russo’s Spring/Summer 2021 Prêt-à-Porter collection this fall to mark the beginning of the partnership.
Both family-owned companies are known for their inventive designs combined with the technical precision of age-old skills and exceptional craftsmanship. For the Spring/Summer 2021 Prêt-à-Porter collection, models are seen in stellar creations by the British designer duo, flaunting the latest watches from Audemars Piguet. From sequined cocktail dresses, white and red tulle gowns to organza silk ballgowns in pastel hues, these stunning looks are enhanced by latest Royal Oak Selfwinding models as well as the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon.
Conceived for smaller wrists, the Royal Oak Selfwinding models has 34mm dial and comes in four styles - in stainless steel and/or 18-carat pink gold. The 18-carat pink gold model is adorned with a diamond-set bezel and a silver-toned guilloché “Grande Tapisserie” dial, a Royal Oak trademark. The two steel models are enhanced by a silver-toned or blue-grey “Grande Tapisserie” dial. The blue-grey watch is embellished with a diamond-set bezel.
An elegant two-tone model is also available that combines a stainless steel case and bracelet with an 18-carat pink gold bezel and bracelet links. This model comes with a silver-toned “Grande Tapisserie” dial. All four iterations are powered by a new selfwinding movement, calibre 5800, and endowed with a dedicated oscillating weight specifically developed for this new 34 mm version.
Ralph & Russo’s new collection is further enhanced by a new take on the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon, a blend of Royal Oak Concept’s refined feminine aesthetics and complicated micro-mechanics.
Available in 18-carat pink or white gold with a shimmering Frosted Gold finish case, these watches are powered by hand-wound Manufacture calibre 2964. The two highly contemporary models are adorned with a blue “large square-scale” alligator strap for an elegant contrast.
Speaking about this collaboration, François-Henry Bennahmias, CEO of Audemars Piguet said, “Our partnership with Ralph & Russo came together naturally. 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. 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!”
These unique pairings will highlight how the two brands’ latest collections mirror one another in savoir-faire and refinement.