Regardless of the svelte profile, however, the golden 15202 is a surprisingly heavy watch. This tactile illusion is because, of course to the fact that gold density is nearly 3 times that of stainless steel, lending the assertive wrist existence of a far larger sports watch to one which can otherwise slide easily beneath the cuff of a dress shirt. When you look at the bracelet and case when thinking about the weight of the golden, the slim profile but solid gold look presents a contrasted personality which works well. It’s safe, but a modern design icon in an old-school material.From the dial-side, the look and texture of the 15202 is distinctly timeless — such as a vintage re-issue of this original 5402 in golden. Inside though, defeats another story. Here we’ve got the Caliber 2121, currently produced in house by Audemars Piguet Watches Vintage Replica (in the Royal Oak’s formative years, the 2121 was really created by Jaeger LeCoultre). It’s an ultra-thin automated movement measuring 3.05mm thick, and characterized with a unique 2.75Hz (19,800 vibrations per hour), though that marginally lower-than-average alternance is not readily visible as the 15202 does not feature a running seconds hand. Contrary to the 5402 that inspired it, the 15202 gets a sapphire crystal display caseback, through which the cal. 2121’s 21-carat gold strand is visible, as it slides back and forth on the round rail conducting the circumference of the motion — one of the tricks allowing the 2121’s signature thinness.In complete, the 15202 will be available in three variants — the new gold alternatives (yellow gold onto champagne yellow, or yellow gold on blue) combine the existing stainless steel 15202 which was re-introduced back in 2012. Though the stainless steel Extra-Thin Jumbo Royal Oak starts at approximately $22,000, those looking to ‘remain gold’ could expect to part with more double that — $55,000 for its 18-carat gold variations.
Modelled on the Royal Oak wristwatch, the Audemars Piguet Replica Watch Bands Replica Floral Clock is a gift to Singapore for its 50th year of independence, on display at Gardens by the Bay.
Seven metres, or some 23 feet, in diameter, the Audemars Piguet Floral Clock is the largest and only such clock in Singapore. Combining horology, landscaping and floriculture, the clock is a gift from the Swiss watchmaking to Singapore, which celebrates its Golden Jubilee in 2015. Taking several weeks to construct (the process is detailed in photos at the end), the clock is a replica of the Royal Oak, with an octagonal bezel made of granite with weather resistant, stainless steel octagonal nuts. And each of the steel hour markers have embedded LED lights so indicate the time at night. Based on the tapisserie guilloche of the Royal Oak, the checkerboard dial of the clock is filled with over 20 varieties of tropical plants. Because the plants mature at different rates, the face of the clock will change with the seasons as the plants are refreshed.
|The official opening of the clock, attended by (from left): Dr. Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay, Mr Oliviero Bottinelli, Member of the Board of Directors, Audemars Piguet Holding SA, Guest-of-Honour and Minister for National Development, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, and Mr Thomas Kupfer, Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation.|
The pink Madagascar Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus) for instance is a perennial plant that will last for numerous seasons, making it a semipermanent part of the dial. In contrast the purple Wishbone Flower (Torenia fournieri) lasts only a year.
The clock mechanism is electric, with a receiver for GPS satellite time signals to keep it running on time. It’s located less than five minutes away on foot from the visitor centre of Gardens by the Bay, a 101 hectare seaside park located at Marina Bay, adjacent to the city’s business district. For more information, visit Gardens by the Bay.
|Laying the concrete base|
|Constructed the concrete tapisserie grid|
|Installing the granite bezel|
|Welding of the steel components like the hour markers|
Photo credits: Gardens by the Bay