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Audemars Piguet Celebrates the Royal Oak’s 50th Anniversary with a Limited-Edition Timepiece By Carolina Bucci

Audemars Piguet Celebrates the Royal Oak’s 50th Anniversary with a Limited-Edition Timepiece By Carolina Bucci

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In celebration of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary, the Swiss haute horlogerie manufacturer has tapped Italian jewelry designer Carolina Bucci to create a new limited edition 34 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding in black ceramic. Its alluring dial honors the iconic 1972 Tapisserie design with its eye-catching multi-colored mirror effect.
Carolina Bucci. Photo: Courtesy of Audemars Piguet
Audemars Piguet and Bucci first joined forces in 2016 for the 40th anniversary of the women’s Royal Oak, which saw the application of Bucci’s ancestral technique of Florentine hammering, or Frosted Gold, on numerous watch collections, sizes, and complications.
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Now, for their third collaboration, the jewelry designer concentrated on the beauty of contrast, with the use of her Frosted Gold technique on the all-black ceramic piece. Her technique creates small indentations in the gold with a diamond-tipped tool, revealing a sparkle that resembles diamond dust.
A combination of sapphire plate, micro-structuring, and a brass dial plate all work to light up your wrist with rainbow-colored reflections. “I wanted to place a rainbow in the most unexpected of places, a little like when you see oil floating on a puddle in a city street…” says Bucci. “So here you have every color of the spectrum on a canvas that is completely black, which is itself the absence of color.”
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Other highlights of the timepiece are the black ceramic case and bezel complete with Audemars Piguet’s signature satin-finishing and elevated by hexagonal pink gold screws. Engraved on the titanium and sapphire caseback is the inscription “Limited Edition Carolina Bucci” running around the Calibre 5800. The covetable piece designed for both men and women is available exclusively at  Audemars Piguet boutiques and AP Houses.
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Dana Hourani Reveals the Key to Her Timeless and Effortless Style

Dana Hourani Reveals the Key to Her Timeless and Effortless Style

“Feelings are the foundation of everything that I do,” says Lebanese singer and visual artist Dana Hourani. First emerging on the fashion scene with her unique brand of style, she debuted in the music industry in 2019 with the deeply personal single “Ella Enta.” Her candid lyrics and musing vocals combined with her uplifting personality have garnered her 208,000 Instagram followers and millions of streams on YouTube and streaming platforms. So who better to team up with Vogue and Swiss fine watchmaker Audemars Piguet on a new short film exploring the connections between fashion and freedom? Part of an ongoing collaborative series to celebrate the unveiling of the latest Royal Oak timepieces, Fashioning Freedom sees Hourani delve into her early sartorial memories and covetable wardrobe to reveal the personal style cues that express her best.
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We caught up with the singer at her home in Dubai, where she lives with her husband and daughter Zoe Ray. Well before her crossover into the independent Arabic music landscape, Hourani had established herself as a fashion influencer by documenting her life and style on social media. While she is now moving in the direction of her calling as a singer, her timeless fashion sense follows, as a quick scroll on her Instagram profile would prove. Going through a box of old photographs, the 34-year-old can’t help but find one thing in common with her six-year-old self. “This outfit is reflective of what my style could be today,” she says of a red and black ensemble. “I would have basic pieces but they could have a kind of twist or a unique cut out.”
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Over the years, Hourani has perfected the effortless, cool-girl chic look, making it her own with unconventional silhouettes and eye-catching accessories. As for the labels she sports, they come from her version of high-low dressing centered around supporting fellow Arabs in the fashion industry. A signature accessory that ties all her looks together is the latest 34mm Royal Oak Selfwinding in black ceramic, which is both timeless and versatile – like Hourani’s style. “Recreating this look brought me to an old version of myself when I was a lot edgier and daring with the way I dressed,” she says, putting together pieces that resemble the outfit in the photograph. “I feel like now I’m a lot more classic. I go for more of the effortless style, but it was nice to have a look back and remember how I used to dress.”
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With her first studio album expected to be released in November 2021, the singer has a lot to look forward to, given the success of her previous tracks “Lahza,” “Zuruni,” “Enti Ana,” and “Yay.” One can only expect her upcoming work to be a soul-searching piece that honors her roots and family. “Feelings direct the motions of who I am,” she shares. “And expressing those feelings is the ultimate freedom for me.”
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