When the original Royal Oak first appeared in 1972, it was notable for several reasons – it was the world’s first luxury sports watch; it was imposing, yet impressively thin; and, despite being the most expensive watch of its type on the market, it was available only in stainless steel. That changed in 1977 when the first yellow gold 39 mm Royal Oak became available, bringing a whole new character to what would soon be regarded as an iconic design.
In 2016, classic yellow gold returned to Audemars Piguet’s product portfolio and was presented in a select group of Royal Oak models. Today, to mark the 40th anniversary of the first precious metal Royal Oaks, Audemars Piguet has created a new series of Extra-Thin versions in yellow gold.
The 18-carat yellow gold “Jumbo” is available with two distinct “Petite Tapisserie” dials – classic blue or vintage-inspired champagne – both of which evoke a delightful 1970s aesthetic while offering the very latest in fit, finish, accuracy and reliability.
The blue dial features a lighter shade –similar to the yellow gold models released last year, as it beautifully contrasts with the case and bracelet. Meanwhile, the champagne dial blends with the other yellow gold timepiece, creating a monochromatic aesthetic of beauty and warmth.
These pieces pay tribute to the original Royal Oak model, embodying the distinctive features and extensive finishing techniques that define the world’s first luxury sports watch. As with all examples of reference 15202, the new yellow gold model is equipped with the renowned ultra-thin self-winding Manufacture caliber 2121, first introduced half a century ago.
Also available with a Yellow-gold toned dial, reference 15202BA.OO.1240BA.02.
Self-winding Calibre 2121
Total diameter: 28.40 mm (12 1/2lignes)
Total thickness: 3.05 mm
Number of jewels: 36
Number of parts: 247
Minimal guaranteed power reserve: 40h
Frequency of balance wheel (Hz): 2.75 (=19,800 vibrations /h)
18-carat yellow gold case
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Water-resistant to 50 m
Blue dial with “Petite Tapisserie” pattern, yellow gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating
Hours, minutes and date
18-carat yellow gold bracelet with AP folding clasp