Audemars Piguet answers the call for small watches with its new Royal Oak Mini collection

Good things really do come in small packages. Audemars Piguet today unveiled its latest creation, the Royal Oak Mini, a collection of three 23mm frosted gold watches inspired by the Royal Oak mini models of the late 1990s. The new Mini Oak collection features vibrant yellow, rose and white gold options, all showcasing the signature gold finish previously made famous by AP’s collaboration with jewelry designer Carolina Bucci.

A modern take on classic design

The new 23mm size is a direct response to the growing demand for smaller, more wearable luxury watches. Although inspired by its predecessors, the new Mini Oak is not just a miniature version of the classic Royal Oak. Audemars Piguet has carefully considered every detail, from the slightly thick hands inspired by nautical divers’ watches to the omission of the date window and seconds hand, ensuring perfect legibility and a clean, modern aesthetic on the smaller dial.

The iconic octagonal bezel and integrated bracelet feature polished edges that contrast beautifully with the sparkling diamond dust effect of the frosted gold, a finish achieved by meticulously hammering the surface of the gold with a diamond-tipped tool.

Power and precision in a small package

Inside the sturdy 18-karat gold case beats the Caliber 2730 quartz movement, a reliable and precise engine that boasts an impressive battery life of over seven years. This movement also features a unique “switch” that allows the wearer to temporarily deactivate the battery by simply pulling out the crown, a testament to Audemars Piguet’s commitment to innovation and practicality.

More than just a trend

The launch of the Royal Oak Mini is an important moment in the world of watches, reflecting a larger shift in the industry towards inclusivity and diverse design preferences. While smaller watches have been relegated to the “women’s watch” category, the Mini Oak transcends these outdated classifications, attracting watch enthusiasts of all genders and styles who appreciate the playful elegance and refined craftsmanship of this exceptional timepiece.

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The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Mini is more than just a watch, it’s a statement. It is a testament to the enduring power of iconic design, the allure of fine craftsmanship, and the freedom to embrace personal style.

Key details

Brand: Audemars Piguet

Model: Royal Oak Mini Quartz Gold Crystal/23mm

Reference numbers: 67630BA.GG.1312BA.01; 67630OR.GG.1312OR.01; 67630BC.GG.1312BC.01

Diameter: 23 mm

Case material: 18k yellow, rose or white gold

Movement: quartz caliber 2730

Price: $34,000

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