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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.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Novelty titanium 26400IO-1

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Novelty titanium 26400IO-2

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Novelty 26400IO

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.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Novelty 26401RO 2

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Novelty 26401RO 1

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.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Novelty 26405CE

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Novelty 26405CE-1

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.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Novelty 2017

 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.


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The black satin-brushed dial is partially skeletonized to reveal the inner workings of the watch. But because they’re rather chunky, telling the timing isn’t overly hard, but legibility is not ideal. That being said, this isn’t actually a bit where the hands will be the focus. The running seconds hand for your chronograph is glowing yellow to provide contrast against the dark dial.Finally, the individual minute markers and the mark for the 30-minute chronograph at 3 o’clock are rendered in yellow and white to offer maximum contrast and legibility. The 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock is also exceptional since it displays the elapsed minutes using a retrograde indicator. And lastly, at six o’clock is that the tourbillon.The motion is where the magic all occurs. It is obviously in-house, also it’s the calibre 2937. And like all high-end chronograph movements, it has a column-wheel and lateral clutch.What’s odd about it, however, is both gongs. Rather than mounting the gongs into the motion plate, they are attached to what Audemars Piguet calls a “sound board.” Essentially, it’s a thin membrane made from a special aluminum alloy which covers the back of the movement, held in place with screws, and also forming a water-tight seal. This clarifies how the Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie Tourbillon Chronograph watch can get a water-resistance rating of 20 meters, which may not seem like much to some casual observer, but that couldn’t be more incorrect. The 20 meters is actually quite impressive considering the intricate structure of the watch.

Last year Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Watch Snob Replica unveiled a slew of Royal Oak watches in yellow gold, with a notable omission, the Royal Oak Extra-Thin “Jumbo”. As the Royal Oak marks the 40th anniversary of the first yellow gold model of 1977, that has now been rectified with a pair that will make their debut at SIHH 2017.

The new Royal Oak Extra-Thin watches in 18k yellow gold join the 50-piece limited edition made for Singapore retailer The Hour Glass last year, with both the case and bracelet in yellow gold.

The Royal Oak “Jumbo” for The Hour Glass with a dark green dial

While the version for The Hour Glass had a green dial, the two new additions to the collection are in dark blue and yellow gold respectively. Both dials are finished in the traditional style of the Royal Oak, decorated with Petite Tapisserie guilloche and featuring yellow gold applied markers and hands.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin Yellow Gold 3

The case diameter is 39mm, the exact same diameter as the 1977 original “Jumbo”, though the sapphire display back means the modern iteration is slightly thicker than the solid back original.

But the movement inside remains the 2121, the slim, self-winding calibre originally developed by Jaeger-LeCoultre but now made by Audemars Piguet.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin Yellow Gold 1

Price and availability 

The Royal Oak Extra-Thin in yellow gold with a blue dial is the ref. 15202BA.OO.1240BA.01, while the same with a matching yellow gold dial is the ref. 15202BA.OO.1240BA.02. Both are priced at US$55,400.

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