As we start looking forward to 2018’s SIHH novelties, we thought it high time to take a better look at a few of this season’s favorites, including the gloriously over-the-top 15202, rendered for the very first time as a modern, non-limited reference entirely from 18-carat yellow gold. It is not merely the all-gold situation that lends the 15202 relevance though — there are a couple additional (albeit much more subtle) visual cues that set this specific reference apart, and may make it more desirable for collectors in the future. Perhaps most obvious, is the simple time and date-only dial configuration, completed by the ‘AP’ emblem at 6:00, which pays direct homage to the original steel 5402 published in 1972. This aesthetic also tips its hat towards the yellowish gold 5402BA Jumbo released five years later — the very first time Audemars Piguet rendered the Jumbo inside this valuable metal.However, more notable is that the thickness — the brand new 15202 measures a hair over 8mm, 0.2mm thicker than the first 5402, and the closest we’ve seen to those pioneering ultra-thin measurements because the 40th Anniversary variations from 2012 — hence the ‘Extra Thin’ naming convention. This new-but-really-old profile, coupled with all the eminently wearable 39mm case size truly feels just like the sweet place for your Royal Oak, and has much to do with why this iconic design managed to develop into this kind of future-proof classic at the first place.The Jumbo Royal Oak in its classic configuration is a watch that historically, with measurements, should wear exceptionally thin. But this new reference is one which still manages to leap off the wrist, thanks to its strong yellow gold case, and light-gobbling “Petite Tapisserie” tonal champagne colored waffle dial. Those searching for a marginally more toned-down aesthetic nevertheless rendered within this precious metal will love the next of those 15202’s two new dial variations: a stunning blue, and this, given the spate of blue-on-bronze sports watches we have seen this season, is as much on-trend, as it’s a bit less ostentatious.
Five years after its launch, the Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm has been restyled for SIHH 2017. Audemars Piguet White Watch Replica kept the fundamentals the same, applying some minor tweaks to the dial to give it a sportier look (compare it with the earlier version).
All the new Royal Oak Chronograph variants feature two-tone dials, with the sub-dials in contrasting colours. Another obvious change are the enlarged registers for elapsed minute and hours, while that for the constant seconds has been reduced. This improves legibility somewhat, since elapsed time has to be read, while the sub-seconds is merely a reminder that the watch is running.
To the same end, the hour markers are now wider and shorter, with a broader strip of Super-Luminova for increased nighttime glow; the same has been done for the hands as well (the counterweight of the seconds hand now has luminescent paint as well).
All the Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm models are equipped with the calibre 2385, which is actually the Frederic Piguet 1185, a compact and slim automatic movement.
The new range includes four models in pink gold, in either blue or brown, accompanied by either an alligator strap or matching gold bracelet, as well as three in stainless steel with black, white or blue dials.
All in stainless steel, except the bottom right in titanium and platinum
Ti and Pt
And most intriguing, the line-up also includes the Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm in titanium and platinum (ref. 26331IP.OO.1220IP.01).
This unusual, boutique-only model has most of the case and bracelet in brushed titanium, with the bezel and centre links of the bracelet in polished platinum for a striking contrast of surface finishes.
And the dial is grey with the sub-dials and minute chapter ring in dark blue, the same combination of colours found on the first generation Royal Oak Offshore in titanium.
The version in titanium and platinum
Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.