Jeweler Carolina Bucci up­dates Aude­mars Piguet’s Royal Oak ladies’ watch.

A CLAS­SIC WATCH GETS THE ITAL­IAN ONCE-OVER.

Town & Country (Philippines) - - CONTENTS / APRIL - By Will Kahn

Since it was in­tro­duced in 1976, Aude­mars Piguet’s Royal Oak ladies watch has graced the wrists of cham­pi­ons (Ser­ena Wil­liams) and icons of fem­i­nine al­lure (Alessan­dra Am­bro­sio). It has also been a fa­vorite of jew­el­ers, in­clud­ing Carolina Bucci. The Florence-born Bucci, who comes from a long line of gold­smiths, is known for ca­su­ally luxe charm neck­laces and gold friend­ship bracelets. She also hap­pens to wear a Royal Oak ev­ery day, which made her the ideal can­di­date to up­date the watch’s look. Tasked with this mis­sion, Bucci ap­plied her “Floren­tine fin­ish” to the bracelet of both the rose and white gold edi­tions, a process that in­volves ham­mer­ing the metal with a di­a­mondtipped tool. Says Bucci, “I love things that sparkle, and this fin­ish gives the watch a dy­namic qual­ity so that its sur­face is al­ways chang­ing as it moves. Peo­ple think it’s cov­ered in stones when they see it from a dis­tance.”

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PIguet royal oak watch, GrEENBElt 5, 728.0094; au­dE­mar­spiGuEt.com

cIty of goLd Left: Bucci pairs the watch with bracelets of her own de­sign. Be­low: the Palazzo Vec­chio played host to the launch of the time­piece. cAroLInA BuccI BaN­GlEs, car­oliNaBucci.com

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