Regardless of the svelte profile though, the gold 15202 is a very heavy watch. This tactile illusion is because, of course to the fact that gold density is almost three times that of stainless steel, giving the assertive wrist presence of a far bigger sports view to one that may otherwise slip easily under the cuff of a dress shirt. When you examine the bracelet and case when considering the weight of the gold, the slender profile but solid gold look presents a contrasted personality that works well. It is safe, but a modern design icon within an old-school material.From that the dial-side, the look and texture of the 15202 is distinctly timeless — such as a classic re-issue of the original 5402 in gold. Inside though, beats a different story. It’s an ultra-thin automatic movement measuring 3.05mm thick, and characterized by a unique 2.75Hz (19,800 vibrations per hour), though that slightly lower-than-average alternance isn’t easily visible as the 15202 does not feature a running moments hand. Contrary to the 5402 that inspired it, the 15202 gets a sapphire crystal display caseback, by which the cal. 2121’s 21-carat gold strand is visible, as it glides back and forth about the round railing conducting the circumference of this movement — one of the tricks enabling the 2121’s signature thinness.In total, the 15202 will probably be available in three variants — the newest gold options (yellow gold on champagne yellow, or yellow gold on blue) join the existing stainless steel 15202 which was re-introduced back in 2012. Though the stainless steel Extra-Thin Jumbo Royal Oak starts at approximately $22,000, people looking to ‘stay gold’ could expect to part with over double that $55,000 for its 18-carat gold variations.
Nicknamed the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph “Novelty”, the 44mm version of Audemars Piguet‘s octagonal sports chronograph was not the focus of the new Royal Oak models unveiled at SIHH 2017, but nonetheless got a facelift with new dials (while keeping everything else the same). More significantly, a new version in titanium was added – the lightweight alloy’s debut for the “Novelty”.
The Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 44mm in titanium (ref. 26400IO.OO.A004CA.01) features a contrasting black ceramic bezel, and paired with a dark grey dial as well as a grey rubber strap.
The facelifted Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph in pink gold (ref. 26401RO.OO.A002CA.02) now has a black dial with pink gold accents. The hands, hour markers, chapter ring as well as printed text are all in pink gold, giving the dial greater contrast compared to the earlier model, which was white on black.
And the last of the trio is the “Novelty” in black ceramic (ref. 26405CE.OO.A002CA.02). Unlike the earlier version that had a black and silver colour scheme, the new ceramic chronograph has a black dial with pink gold accents, as well as a touch of dark blue. The hands, hour markers and dial text are pink gold, while the chronograph hands are tipped in dark blue.
As before, the trio are all powered by the calibre 3126/3840, which is AP’s in-house automatic calibre topped with a chronograph module made by Dubois-Depraz.
Price and availability
The titanium model is priced at SFr27,500, while the black ceramic is SFr29,000. And the pink gold is SFr41,550.