Regardless of whether or not you are interested in all that glitters, there is no denying that the 2017 SIHH trends were punctuated by heaps of the 79th element in yellow, white and icy shades. And nobody had more to show in this field than Audemars Piguet, whose extra-Thin Jumbo Royal Oak (reference 15202) in gold didn't steal the spotlight on replica watches the perpetual ceramic calendar, but it certainly came terribly close - especially for those who followed the last 40 years or so of Royal Oak.
As we are already starting to look at the 2018 SIHH news, we thought it was time to take a closer look at some of this year's favorites, including the gloriously exaggerated 15202, made for the first time. as a modern, non-limited reference entirely in 18-carat yellow gold. It's not just the all-gold case that gives the meaning of 15202 - there are some other (albeit much more subtle) visual cues that put this particular reference aside, and may make it more desirable for collectors in the future. Perhaps more obvious, it is the simple date and time composition configuration, completed by the 'AP' logo at 6:00, which pays direct homage to the original 5402 steel released in 1972. This aesthetic also points its hat towards gold yellow 5402BA Jumbo came out five years later - the first time Audemars Piguet made Jumbo into this precious metal.
However, the thickness is more noteworthy: the new 15202 measures a hair more than 8 mm, 0.2 mm thicker than the original 5402, and the closest to these pioneering ultra thin measurements from the 40 ° editions 2012 anniversary - hence the extra-thin fake Breitling naming convention. This new, but really old profile, coupled with the extremely wearable 39mm case, really looks like the weak point for the Royal Oak, and has a lot to do with why this iconic design has been able to become a classic future-proof in first place.
The Jumbo Royal Oak in its most classic configuration is a watch that historically, in all sizes, should wear exceptionally thin. However, this new reference is the one that still manages to jump the wrist, thanks to its solid yellow gold case, and the "Petite Tapisserie" sugar-tone champagne-colored "waffle" dial. Those looking for a slightly Patek Philippe replica more subdued aesthetic, still made in this precious metal, will appreciate the second of the two new variations of the 15202 dial: a magnificent blue which, given the tide of blue-bronze sports watches, we have seen this year, it is as trendy, as slightly less ostentatious.replica watches