It’s impossible to look at the Audemars Piguet Diamond Outrage without going all slack-jawed. But that’s all within expectations because Audemars Piguet’s ambition from the outset was to leave you shell-shocked; the aim was to break the conventional rules of high jewellery crafting and to stretch the notion of audacity in jewellery design.
Diamond Outrage is the third and final creation in a trilogy of high jewellery timepieces that debuted with Diamond Punk in 2015, followed by Diamond Fury in 2016.
With increasing chutzpah, these cuff watches bring a heaping of badassery to an area that is often genteel and restrained.
Yet they also link you back to the heritage of the brand: The Audemars Piguet Diamond Outrage derives its design from the snow-covered landscape of Vallee de Joux, home of Audemars Piguet. Gem-studded spikes in varying sizes instantly remind you of icy stalactites, which are beautiful but can also be deadly.
Sculpted in white gold, they are covered with brilliant- or baguette-cut diamonds or blue sapphires set using several techniques including snow and invisible settings.
A total of 9,923 brilliant-cut diamonds and 354 baguette-cut diamonds (approximately 65.91 carats) pave the full diamond version, while a whopping 11,043 brilliant-cut blue stones (approximately 65.47 carats) cover the sapphire version. And yes, this breathtaking high jewellery piece also tells the time; two sets of spikes open up, French window-style, to reveal a mirror-polished octagonal dial.