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Cheap Wholesale SIHH 2017: Audemars Piguet Introduces the Royal Oak Extra-Thin Ref. 15202 in Yellow Gold Swiss Movement Replica Watches

The answer to this question is easy: everyone. What I mean with this is there are two quite different groups of high-end watch purchasers: the collector along with the basic "watch fan."

The answer to this question is easy: everyone. What I mean with this is there are two quite different groups of high-end watch purchasers: the collector along with the basic “watch fan.” The collector would be the guy who spent the past 15 years residing on TimeZone and also the PuristS, the type of guy who hears the name Walt Odets and understands exactly who I’m speaking about. The collector is the sort of guy who understands the difference between hand handmade and polished. He’s gotten well past the point of arguing about brands and understands enough to talk about individual projects. He reveres Patek Philippe for what it meant to watches within the last 100 decades, understands the significance and appeal of vintage Rolex, but purchases just what talks to him. A watch lover, on the other hand, is someone who may be a bit newer to high-end watches, and remains very brand conscious. He can be readily swayed by ambassadors, retailers, and promotion. Both buy watches from Audemars Piguet, but probably different versions, and certainly for distinct reasons.Let’s start with the collector. The collector buys Audemars Piguet due to its history in great complicated pocketwatches. The collector buys AP since when Patek Philippe needed some help on the complex repeater of the Henry Graves Jr.. Supercomplication, it turned out to AP. The collector purchases AP because of watches like this, this, and this.
The black satin-brushed dial is partly skeletonized to show the inner workings of this watch. However, because they are fairly chunky, telling that the time is not overly hard, but legibility isn’t ideal. That being said, this isn’t really a piece where the palms will be the focus. The running seconds hand to your chronograph is glowing yellow to provide contrast against the black dial.Finally, the respective minute markers as well as the mark to the 30-minute chronograph in 3 o’clock are rendered in yellow and white to offer maximum contrast and legibility. The 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock is also exceptional because it displays the elapsed minutes with a retrograde index. And lastly, at six o’clock is that the tourbillon.The motion is where the magic all occurs. It is obviously in-house, also it’s the calibre 2937. And like most of high-end chronograph movements, it has a column-wheel and lateral clutch.What’s odd about it, however, is its two gongs. Instead of mounting the gongs into the motion plate, they are attached to what Audemars Piguet calls for a “sound board” Essentially, it’s a thin membrane made from a special copper alloy that covers the rear of the motion, held in place by screws, along with forming a water-tight seal. This clarifies how the Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie Tourbillon Chronograph watch can get a water-resistance rating of 20 meters, which may not seem like much to a casual observer, but this couldn’t be more erroneous. The 20 meters is in fact quite impressive considering the intricate structure of this watch.

Last year Audemars Piguet unveiled a slew of Royal Oak watches in yellow gold, with a notable omission, the Royal Oak Extra-Thin “Jumbo”. As the Royal Oak marks the 40th anniversary of the first yellow gold model of 1977, that has now been rectified with a pair that will make their debut at SIHH 2017.

The new Royal Oak Extra-Thin watches in 18k yellow gold join the 50-piece limited edition made for Singapore retailer The Hour Glass last year, with both the case and bracelet in yellow gold.

The Royal Oak “Jumbo” for The Hour Glass with a dark green dial

While the version for The Hour Glass had a green dial, the two new additions to the collection are in dark blue and yellow gold respectively. Both dials are finished in the traditional style of the Royal Oak, decorated with Petite Tapisserie guilloche and featuring yellow gold applied markers and hands.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin Yellow Gold 3

The case diameter is 39mm, the exact same diameter as the 1977 original “Jumbo”, though the sapphire display back means the modern iteration is slightly thicker than the solid back original.

But the movement inside remains the 2121, the slim, self-winding calibre originally developed by Jaeger-LeCoultre but now made by Audemars Piguet.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin Yellow Gold 1

Price and availability 

The Royal Oak Extra-Thin in yellow gold with a blue dial is the ref. 15202BA.OO.1240BA.01, while the same with a matching yellow gold dial is the ref. 15202BA.OO.1240BA.02. Both are priced at US$55,400.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin Yellow Gold 4


 

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