Wild Coat- a rose gold inlay, leopard print luxury jewelry collection. The entire Wild Coat collection features an Audemars Piguet watch, a Cuban Link Chain, a Gold Lighter Case, and two gold rings. Wild Coat will be on display in Miami for Art Basel December 5-9th. The collection is valued at $167,000 usd and took over 500 hours to complete.
The flagship of the collection is the one-of-a-kind 18k yellow gold Royal Oak Audemars Piguet watch, which took 150 hours of engraving. This adorns a highly intricate 22k rose gold inlay patterned band, case, and bezel. A custom fabricated dial with 12 straight baguette cut diamond hour markers, as well as 88 round brilliant diamonds set on the beveled edge of the bezel completes the project. Third Eye Assembly’s founder, Buddy Austin, found inspiration in studying leopards anatomy and habits for the custom Audemars timepiece. After falling in love with the patterns and processes involved in creating these visuals in fine metal, Buddy pushed to create an entire matching leopard print jewelry collection.
Weighing in at 380 grams of 14k yellow gold, the chain sports a rose gold leopard pattern inlay into 14k yellow gold. Rose gold alloys are molecularly harder than 14k yellow gold, making this inlay process incredibly tricky. To solve for this, Buddy made his own alloy of copper and 24k gold to make a 22k rose gold. The success in this method allowed him to create this first rose gold inlay gold leopard print pattern.
The name Wild Coat draws inspiration from the habits and appearance of the leopard itself. Leopards are one of the few large cats in the world who can adapt to drastic environments. Commonly known for their strength and stealth hunting abilities, they also can live anywhere from the barren steppe land to the wettest and most lush rainforests and jungles in the world. Buddy was drawn to the strength and adaptability of the leopard and believes anyone wearing this set will embody those same virtues.