The Royal Oak Jumbo, a watch identified below its present guise because the reference 15202, is likely one of the most sought-after and fascinating watches produced by the Swiss trade. Its reputation has reached far past simply the small circle of seasoned collectors. It’s a cult object, a design icon. But, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Additional-Skinny 15202 will go away us quickly. We additionally know from the phrases of the model’s CEO that its substitute, due for the fiftieth anniversary of the mannequin, is predicted to be introduced quickly. And we additionally that the legendary JLC-based computerized calibre 2121 shall be changed by a brand new, in-house-produced motion. What, when, how…? We nonetheless don’t know. However what we will do for now could be to have a look at what are MONOCHROME’s high 5 variations of the emblematic Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo 15202.
The Metal Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo 15202ST
Let’s begin with THE apparent one… Probably the most traditional, most emblematic, most related, most praised and most traditionally devoted model of the Royal Oak Jumbo, the stainless-steel and blue dial 15202ST. In reality, if there was just one, it needs to be this model. Why, as a result of it’s the closest you will get from the unique idea developed in 1972 with the 5402ST. This model, first launched in 2000 earlier than being extensively revised in 2012 for the fortieth anniversary of the mannequin, has all of it; the identical 39mm stainless-steel, a motion that’s moderately shut from the motion utilized in 1972, a dial with the identical Petite Tapisserie sample and the identical Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 color and, after all, the identical general design with octagonal bezel, extra-thin case and built-in metal bracelet. Certain, manufacturing methods have advanced through the years and a 15202ST feels barely totally different from a 5402ST, however the general spirit is there. So sure, the star of the gathering, the stainless-steel Royal Oak Jumbo Additional-Skinny with a blue dial needed to be a part of this listing, if not merely on high of it! It is going to be missed, and let’s hope the brand new mannequin will stay as much as its ancestors.
The White Gold, Salmon dial Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo 15202BC
The very idea of a salmon-coloured dial on a Royal Oak Jumbo isn’t new. It truly is a 30 years previous idea, first seen in 1992 with the “Jubilee” model 14802ST launched for the twentieth anniversary of the mannequin, additionally marking the return of the Jumbo after about 10 years of absence. It stays, however, a comparatively uncommon mixture, and positively a particularly enticing one. In 2019, Audemars Piguet introduced its new Royal Oak Jumbo Additional-Skinny 15202BC, the final 2 letters indicating a case and bracelet fabricated from white gold… If that was probably a disappointment for some collectors anticipating to see this watch in a chrome steel case, the consequence, with the rose gold-coloured Petite Tapisserie dial and the distinctive shine of white gold is just gorgeous. A heavy and pretty costly watch (EUR 68,300, not even speaking about pre-owned costs), it’s also a really uncommon watch that could be a boutique unique version, produced in very low portions (within the low three-digit items a 12 months). Nonetheless, the 15202BC is such a shocking version of the Royal Oak Jumbo that we clearly need to see it again when the mannequin shall be rejuvenated.
The Titanium/Platinum Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo 15202IP
Whereas the 2 editions above have been one way or the other moderately traditional for the Royal Oak household, the reference 15202IP we’re going to have a look at now was, when introduced in 2018, much more intriguing, because it introduced its lot of novelties. Initially, its case is made principally of brushed titanium, and it combines with polished platinum parts – for the bezel and the bracelet’s mid-links – enhancing the architectural design of the RO. Second, its dial… Nonetheless utilizing the traditional Petite Tapisserie sample, Audemars Piguet gave this Royal Oak Jumbo 15202IP a shocking gradient/smoked impact, with a brilliant blue color within the centre step by step altering to black on the periphery. The mix of this full of life dial with the polished floor of the bezel made fairly an impression and adjusted the model of the watch greater than you possibly can count on. And the usage of titanium for the case/bracelet makes it a pleasure to put on. Sadly, we’re speaking a couple of dream watch, produced in a restricted run of 250 items. However what a hanging version…
The Yellow Gold Case and Dial Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo 15202BA
Enters the large boy, the yellow gold version with a yellow gold-coloured dial, introduced on the SIHH 2017. Fairly the Midas contact, arguably. I do know, that is by far the much less discreet version of the Royal Oak Jumbo Additional-Skinny, and sure, it’s form of a responsible pleasure. I had that dialogue with my boss Frank the place we each had this sense of not having the ability to admit we truly love this full gold version. In reality, there’s nothing to be shameful about. Whereas it additionally exists with a traditional darkish blue dial, this yellow gold on yellow gold version has not solely an unbelievable presence nevertheless it additionally has a moderately stunning coherence in its shine and “demonstrativeness.” Absolutely, the Royal Oak Jumbo 15202BA is a watch that requires a sure stage of self-confidence and it’s a watch that you just’ll have to assume, however on the identical time, it actually has that “je ne sais quoi” that makes it terribly cool.
The distinctive however gorgeous Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo 15202XT for Solely Watch 2021
Sure, we all know, it’s a novel piece, and thus a totally inaccessible piece. However simply have a look at it… It would nicely be probably the most gorgeous editions of the Royal Oak (all references included) ever accomplished. Introduced on the event of charity public sale Solely Watch 2021, this model was the final of the Royal Oak Jumbo 15202 ever to be launched. And, as such, it managed to sale for a document value of CHF 3.1 Million. The entire thought with this distinctive 15202XT was to carry new textures, new colors and new supplies. The case is fabricated from matte, sandblasted titanium, giving it its darker gray color, and enormously contrasting with the intense polished chamfers. The bezel and bracelet’s studs are fabricated from Bulk Metallic Glass, a palladium-based alloy utilized in micro-electronics with a non-crystalline nature, and extremely immune to put on and corrosion. And the Petite Tapisserie dial is darkish gray, finalizing the monochromatic look of this version. Clearly, if Audemars Piguet needs to make a restricted version of the upcoming new mannequin in the identical model, signal me in instantly!
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