When we received the entire pack of oddities that AP was going to dispatch at the SIHH 2018 (and there was a great deal), one watch stood separated from the rest. Surprisingly, this watch is a long way from being a genuine revolution. Not that the RD#2 isn’t a dazzling turn of events, however we were all, at the MONOCHROME redaction, focussed on this new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin 15202IP . Previously dazzling on the official pictures, we expected to see it in the metal. Also, kid, what a marvel it is.
I realize I may sound very excited, yet I’ve consistently had a soft spot for the Royal Oak, particularly the Jumbo Extra-Thin 15202. For different reasons, it is, as far as I might be concerned, the one to have – if you’re into present day watches, otherwise the first 5402ST is an easy decision. With its 39mm case, its thin programmed development, its time and date show without seconds hand and its finely guillochéd dial, it is in numerous angles the adaptation that is the most dedicated to the first 1972 watch, such a characteristic genealogy in the current assortment. Previously existing in steel and in different gold choices , this year AP presented another variant, which combines new materials and another style for the dial, the Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin 15202IP.
What’s new here? Indeed, regarding measurements, mechanics and details: nothing. It is the very watch that we as a whole know and that many love. We could contend for quite a long time on AP’s traditionalism and how it as a rule depends on the Royal Oak assortment, in any case, the Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin is an icon… And you don’t meddle with a symbol. No curve balls then, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin 15202IP feels and looks natural. Same shape, same style, same movement.
There are a few developments however. First are the materials used to rejuvenate this watch. This 15202IP (note the difference in reference, from ST to IP) depends on a titanium case and arm band, with a few platinum emphasizes. Platinum is utilized here for both the octagonal bezel and for the little connections on the arm band. All these platinum components are reflect cleaned, diverging from the harsh brushed completing of the titanium. The remainder of the case is equivalent to the steel adaptation, with its 39mm distance across and 8.1mm thickness, a similar chain-like arm band, similar cleaned chamfers on the sides of the case/wristband, and a similar crown. However, the metals utilized here definitely change the look and the vibe of the watch on the wrist.
Because of the completely metallic development of the Royal Oak and regardless of its super thin profile, it is a serious substantial watch – even in steel. It typically has a solid wrist-presence. The change from steel to titanium is promptly felt while tying this new 15202IP form around the wrist, with a wonderful inclination of lightness – which will welcome comfort consistently. Likewise, titanium is more impervious to scratches. However, the expansion of a platinum bezel adjusts the vibe of the Royal Oak Jumbo. Completely reflect cleaned and not brushed on the upper surface, the 15202IP plays distinctively with light and reflections and changes from a splendid try to please dark reflections, contingent upon the point. The cleaned surface of this platinum bezel is, from the outset, very amazing. The solitary disadvantage is scratching… A genuine magnet.
The second principle oddity on this Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin 15202IP is the dial. Still guillochéd with the signature “Petite Tapisserie” design, actually including the applied adjusted mallet lists, actually showing the AP logo set where it ought to (at 6 o’clock), it presently includes another smoked blue slope tone. As a result, the dial of this 15202IP is hazier on the fringe and unadulterated blue in the middle. This angle tone coordinates the cleaned platinum bezel and its dark reflections impeccably. It probably won’t be progressive, yet the outcome is superb.
Inside the titanium instance of the Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin 15202IP is the incredible type 2121, a development of the development that was initially fitted in the 1972 reference 5402. Programmed with a focal rotor, super thin, all around enhanced and solid, it actually holds its two hands and date show just as its unique 2.75 Hz recurrence. It is obvious through the case back.
All in all, this new Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin 15202IP will be seen by some as simply one more advancement of the RO concept… Which, as it were, is valid. However, the outcome is extraordinary – both to take a gander at and to wear. The comfort of the titanium case, the astonishing impressions of the platinum bezel, the excellence of the smoked blue dial, the entirety of that combined with the mark RO Jumbo style, make it truly alluring. In any case, it has a value (USD 34,800) and a restriction (250 pieces, store release as it were). More subtleties on www.audemarspiguet.com .