Hands-On: The Audemars Piguet Extra-Thin 'Jumbo' Royal Oak Reference 15202 In Yellow Gold

Hands-On: The Audemars Piguet Extra-Thin 'Jumbo' Royal Oak Reference 15202 In Yellow Gold

At the current year’s SIHH, Audemars Piguet delivered various amazing pieces including the Diamond Outrage , Frosted Gold Royal Oak , the dark earthenware Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar , and a few updates to the  Offshore . Yet, the watch that appeared to have the vast majority energized was the re-issue of the exemplary Royal Oak Extra-Thin “Jumbo” in yellow gold. The last time we saw this watch in gold was in rose gold back in 2012, when it was delivered close by the steel ref. 15202. This year AP chose to bring back the exemplary strong yellow gold Jumbo with equally cool blue and yellow gold dials, all with the automatic type 2121 development inside. This is current vintage AP at its best.

So why is this “new” discharge important and why do we give it a second thought? Since it is perhaps the most famous watches ever (and I mean iconic) and it has been a long time since there has been a new delivery utilizing a similar case as the first 1972 reference 5402 Royal Oak, a long time since we have seen a yellow gold adaptation of the Jumbo, and 40 years since we have seen a yellow gold Jumbo with the AP logo at six o’clock. Definitely, this is major.

The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” ref. 15202 in yellow gold with blue dial. 

A Quick History Lesson

The Royal Oak was planned by the not-yet-popular watch fashioner Gerald Genta in 1971 and was delivered to general society in 1972 at Baselworld. The Royal Oak was earth shattering for Audemars Piguet at that point, as it was the brand’s first games extravagance wristwatch and the actual plan was quite vanguard. The name “Illustrious Oak” came from a chronicled tree in England where King Charles II stowed away from Cromwell’s military in 1651. That tree wound up saving King Charles’ life and turned into a notable political English image. The name was applied to no fewer than four British maritime boats between 1769 and 1914, which is where the wristwatch comes into play. The octagonal bezel was propelled by the window of a maritime boat, consequently the name Royal Oak. Moreover, Audemars Piguet preferred the name as a result of its “imperial eminence and longevity.”

The unique steel 5402 delivered in 1972, with the “AP” logo at six 6 o’clock. 

The debut reference 5402 was underway from 1972 until the last part of the 1970s (the specific last date is unknown) and was delivered in four arrangement, A-D, each with slight little changes to the fasten and additionally technological headways to the development. The 5402 was most readily accessible in steel and estimated 39mm in measurement and 7mm thick. The record grey tapisserie dial included the “AP” logo at six o’clock. The first expense was 3,650 CHF, which in those days was insane costly for a steel watch. The 5402 was powered by the AP type 2121 which was really delivered by Jaeger-LeCoultre (JLC considers it the type 920 development). This development was likewise utilized by Vacheron Constantin in the Overseas and the no-date form, the 2120, was utilized by Patek Philippe in the first Nautilus. The plan rights were sold by JLC to AP in the mid 2000s and the type 2121 is now solely delivered in-house by AP. It was and still is simply the most slender full-rotor winding development in the world. The main yellow gold 5402BA was delivered in 1977 and finished creation around the mid 1980s (there is no hard cut-off date for this model by the same token). It before long turned into a faction exemplary is still exceptionally collectible today. 

The Reference 14802 and the 15202

The 40th Anniversary steel 15202, delivered in 2012.

In between the last part of the 1970s and today, Audemars Piguet has created a few forms of the Royal Oak and the Royal Oak Offshore, yet none that were ever pretty much as meager or straightforward as the first 5402. That was until 1992, when AP delivered the reference 14802 with sapphire precious stone caseback in a restricted arrangement of 1,000 pieces all out, for the Jumbo ref. 5402’s 20th commemoration. There were 700 in steel (with blue or pink tapisserie dial), 280 in yellow gold (with ardoise, overlaid, white, or ivory tapisserie dials), and 20 in platinum (with dull blue or Tuscany blue tapisserie dials, the previous with precious stone files). The 1992 commemoration ref. 14802 was sold as far as possible as of recently 2000.  Then, after 12 years in 2012 for the Royal Oak’s 40th commemoration, the 15202 was delivered in steel and rose gold , with a similar super dainty case extents (39mm in distance across x 7mm thick), same type 2121 development, and AP logo back at six o’clock. This isn’t to be mistaken for the AP Royal Oak reference 15400 that was likewise delivered in 2012. The 15400 estimates 41mm in distance across, is marginally thicker, and utilizes AP’s type 3120 development with a middle seconds hand. It was normally an immense hit and turned out to be exceptionally pursued. Which carries us to today.

The 40th Anniversary rose gold 15202 delivered in 2012.

The New Royal Oak Extra-Thin 'Jumbo' In Yellow Gold

So, we have at long last shown up at the new Royal Oak Extra-Thin reference 15202 in yellow gold. So what is distinctive about this watch from the 15202 delivered in 2012? Very little, which is by and large why I like it.

The most striking distinction is the way that this is a yellow gold 15202 and not steel or rose gold as seen five years prior. The case gauges the conventional (and comfortable) 39mm that we all know and love. The thickness of the case is 8.1mm because of the expansion of the sapphire precious stone. This allows for simple wearing, I still immovably accept this could make  an extraordinary regular watch . 

The wristband is the equivalent multi-connect development that was initially made by Gay Frères back in 1972, aside from it’s now marginally heavier and subsequently sturdier. It is still perfectly created, with staggeringly nitty gritty angling and completing on each little connection, and much like my #1 Rolex arm bands (Oyster and President), it fits like a dream. 

The “AP” logo on this model is at six o’clock like on the first A-arrangement Royal Oak.

The AP automatic type 2121 development, as seen through the Jumbo’s sapphire back.

The greatest news with this watch however is the combination of the yellow gold case with the gold and blue tapisserie dials. These dials are unique to the Royal Oak, and on the off chance that you don’t have the foggiest idea how they are made, you should watch this . It’s insane. While the yellow gold dial has been seen previously, there has never been a yellow gold Jumbo with a blue dial. Also, this is the first run through since the first 5402BA that a yellow gold Jumbo has hit the market with the AP logo at six o’clock. What’s more, how can it look? Beautiful.

With the yellow gold tapisserie dial, the watch has an awesome monochromatic thing going on.

Each shading offers something somewhat unique. With the gold dial you get an all-gold look that really difficult to contend with. It somehow causes the watch to feel somewhat more downplayed (however illogical that may sound). The blue, despite the fact that it’s never been done like this, feels more work of art however. There’s something extremely old-school about it. The two tones have had the date wheels matched to the dials, so not at all like with the vintage models you don’t have a white date circle contrasting the otherwise uniform field of color.

The new 15202 on the wrist.

On the wrist, this watch wears quite well. Some may contend it is too large for me, however I imagine that it fits impeccably. The drags don’t loom over my wrist and the thin case fits well under a sweater sleeve. The brushed gold feels cold on your skin from the outset yet quickly warms up. The arm band wraps intently around your wrist and has a sense of safety – which is always an or more since I would envision dropping this watch would result in tears. 

There is an explanation that this watch is as yet right up AP’s alley: it fits nearly anybody and makes everybody look 10x cooler than previously (heartbroken, however it does). Now, I know that watches aren’t always about the cool factor, however the Royal Oak is only that, cool. It causes you to feel cool, it makes you look cool, and it absolutely gives you that additional increase in wrist certainty (you know what I’m discussing). Yet, the cool factor doesn’t come just from how it looks, yet additionally from wearing a piece of plan history itself.

A close up of the wristband, where you can see the point by point completing on each link.

The connected wristband on the wrist.

A profile shot.

To summarize everything, the Jumbo hasn’t changed much. Yet, that is alright! It’s in reality better than alright. To me it is so reviving to see an assembling like AP keep on delivering this watch again and again, without wanting to change things for change. It demonstrates to me that AP has perceived that it ought to never play with something worth being thankful for and that work of art, clean shapes always win. Furthermore, albeit that may appear to be paltry (these are watches all things considered), I discover comfort in that sort of consistency.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” ref. 15202 in yellow gold is accessible with either a blue or yellow gold dial, with the two models valued the equivalent at $55,400. It’s anything but a restricted version, yet creation will be somewhat restricted each year. For more information, visit Audemars Piguet on the web .