Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is Now a Lean, Green All-Platinum Machine
Audemars Piguet has just bolstered its flagship line. The Swiss brand has unveiled five new Royal Oaks with green dials, including three new tourbillons and a platinum Jumbo Extra-Thin. If you’ve been wondering where the next great timepiece will be coming from, AP just delivered.
The new 15202PT Jumbo Extra-Thin is the first of its reference to score a full platinum case and bracelet, but what makes this release even more special is what AP plans to do with the iconic line. Reports coming out of Switzerland indicate that Audemars Piguet may be retiring the 15202, replacing it with something else. Bizarre as it sounds, ending the range in 2022 would mark the 50th anniversary of the Royal Oak, making it a fitting tribute to arguably Audemars Piguet’s hardest working watch.
For this latest variation, the Swiss brand has gone with a 39mm case with an emerald-green sunburst gradient that darkens towards the edges. Produced in a limited run of just 100 pieces, the new 15202PT Jumbo Extra-Thin will be available to Audemars Piguet Houses and priced at CHF105,400 (around AUD$146,000)
For the 41mm chronograph, AP has added a full gold bracelet with a green tapisserie dial. There are also two additional straps, one in green calfskin and the other in green rubber. The full gold is priced at CHF74,800 (AUD$104,000). This model contains the calibre 2385 and is due to hit stores in April.
In terms of tourbillons, Audemars Piguet has gone all out this time around. Of the three unveiled this week, two are titanium, while the other is rose gold. Each contains the automatic tourbillon calibre 2950, the same movement created for the Code 11.59 last year, complete with a 65-hour power reserve. According to Forbes, the titanium version is priced at CHF139,100 (AUD$194,000), or CHF273,000 (AUD$380,000) for the model with a bezel set with baguette-cut emeralds. The rose gold model is priced at CHF170,000 (AUD$237,000).
While the end of the Royal Oak era would certainly put a damper on the watch community’s spirit, the latest releases mark a decidedly positive statement of haute horology for Audemars Piguet. Best to enjoy them while there are here.
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