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Saudi Ballerina Samira Alkhamis Captures the Essence of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Mini

In the delicate harmony of ballet and haute horlogerie, the Royal Oak Mini by Audemars Piguet embodies elegance and precision, mirroring the artistry of Saudi ballerina Samira Alkhamis.

Photo: Sam Rawadi

In the mesmerizing world of ballet, every movement, no matter how small, carries an immense weight of grace, precision, and emotion. This delicate balance between power and finesse finds a perfect parallel in Audemars Piguet’s latest creation, the Royal Oak Mini.

Saudi ballerina Samira Alkhamis beautifully captures the essence of this balance, creating a poetic narrative that intertwines the worlds of haute horlogerie and dance. With her ethereal presence and impeccable technique, Alkhamis embodies the spirit of the Royal Oak Mini. Just as she commands the stage with her fluid movements and expressive storytelling, the Royal Oak Mini commands attention with its exquisite craftsmanship and timeless elegance. The watch, with its 23mm diameter, is a testament to the idea that true strength lies not in size but in the impact one makes. Alkhamis moves with a grace that seems almost otherworldly, her every gesture a testament to years of rigorous training and a deep passion for her art. The Royal Oak Mini, adorning her wrist, complements her movements, reflecting light with every turn and twist, much like the glimmer of a dancer’s costume under the stage lights.

Photo: Sam Rawadi

The Royal Oak Mini, the smallest timepiece in Audemars Piguet’s current collection, is a feat of engineering and design. Crafted in 18ct yellow, white, or pink gold, this watch is more than just a timekeeping device – it’s a piece of wearable art. The shimmering Frosted Gold finish, inspired by ancient Florentine jewelry techniques and perfected by artisan Carolina Bucci, adds a touch of magic to the watch. Tiny indentations made with a diamond-tipped tool create a sparkle reminiscent of precious stones.

The story of the Royal Oak Mini is also a celebration of Audemars Piguet’s rich heritage in creating miniature and jewelry watches. The new collection builds on the legacy of the 20mm Mini Royal Oak launched in 1997, rethinking its proportions, architecture, design, and performance to adapt to contemporary lifestyles. The result is a watch that is not only a tribute to the past but also a statement of modern elegance and innovation.

Photo: Sam Rawadi

As Alkhamis dances, she brings to life the idea that every detail matters. In ballet, the slightest misstep can alter the entire performance, just as in watchmaking, the precision in crafting each component ensures the flawless operation of the timepiece. This meticulous attention to detail is evident in the Royal Oak Mini’s construction. The quartz movement, Calibre 2730, is one of the best in its class, offering more than seven years of battery life and the ability to deactivate the battery temporarily by pulling on the crown – a feature that ensures longevity and reliability.

The Royal Oak Mini’s aesthetic is a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity. The tone-on-tone Petite Tapisserie dial enhances the play of light created by the Frosted Gold case and bracelet, while the facetted gold hour-markers filled with luminescent material ensure optimum visibility. The watch’s solid caseback, with its combination of sandblasting, satin brushing, and polishing, echoes the design of the case, creating a cohesive and refined look.

Photo: Sam Rawadi

In a world where bold statements often overshadow subtlety, the Royal Oak Mini stands out as a symbol of quiet strength and understated luxury. It is a watch that speaks to those who appreciate the finer things in life, who understand that true elegance lies in the details.

Photography: Sam Rawadi 
Style: Polina Shabelnikova
Hair and makeup: Iva 
Production: Danica Zivkovic, Rama Naser 
Style assistant: Zahra Moazeni
Production assistant: Sara Aboushady

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