Independence, craftsmanship, creativity, reinventions. These are the hallmarks of family-owned, British haute couture and ready-to-wear house Ralph & Russo. Similarly, Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is deeply engrained in traditional style and handcrafted technology. Together, the luxury icons have come together for a collaboration that mirror one another in savoir-faire and refinement.
This season, 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. The encounter casts a lens on the world of Haute Horlogerie and luxury fashion and the natural synergies that are in turn created.
“Audemars Piguet has always developed cross-disciplinary collaborations that have fuelled the creativity of our artisans. 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,” François-Henry Bennahmias, Chief Executive Officer said in a statement.
“We have long been admirers as well as clients of Audemars Piguet and their exceptional watches, and as such, were thrilled by the prospect of a partnership. Beyond our personal affinity for the brand, we felt a strong connection and alignment through our mutual dedication to both uncompromising craftsmanship and the creation of wonderfully unique styles that withstand the test of time. Given we both share the same core values and ethos for our respective brands, we feel this is just the beginning of what we hope will be a longstanding relationship and look forward to officially launching our partnership with Audemars Piguet this fall,” Tamara Ralph, Creative Director of Ralph & Russo and Michael Russo, Chief Executive Officer also added.
With teams of highly trained artisans, the collaborative effort combines old and new technologies and skills to reinterpret the Ralph & Russo design sensibilities into luxury timepieces. In bringing people together through the collaboration, the design duo have pioneered new trends which will take centre stage in both watches and runway moving forward.
To complete Ralph & Russo’s Prêt-à-Porter collection, Audemars Piguet presents its latest Royal Oak Selfwinding models in 34 mm conceived for the smaller wrists. This new line includes 4 models in stainless steel and/or 18-carat pink gold which will appeal to different styles. Ralph & Russo’s new collection is further enhanced by a new take on the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon, which pursues the Royal Oak Concept’s interweaving of refined feminine aesthetics and complicated micro-mechanics.
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