Regardless of the svelte profile though, the golden 15202 is a surprisingly hefty watch. This tactile illusion is due, of course to the fact that gold density is almost three times that of stainless steel, lending the assertive wrist existence of a far bigger sports view to one that may otherwise slip easily beneath the cuff of a dress shirt. When you look at the bracelet and case when considering the weight of the gold, the slender profile but strong gold appearance presents a contrasted personality which works well. It’s secure, but a contemporary design icon within an old-school material.From that the dial-side, the appearance and texture of this 15202 is distinctly classic — such as a classic re-issue of this first 5402 in golden. Inside though, beats another story. Here we’ve got the Caliber 2121, now produced in-house by Audemars Piguet (from the Royal Oak’s formative years, the 2121 was really created by Jaeger LeCoultre). It’s an ultra-thin automatic movement measuring 3.05mm thick, and characterized by a particular 2.75Hz (19,800 vibrations per hour), although slightly lower-than-average alternance isn’t readily visible as the 15202 doesn’t feature a running seconds hand. Unlike the 5402 that inspired it, the 15202 gets a sapphire crystal display caseback, through the cal. 2121’s 21-carat gold rotor is observable, as it glides back and forth on the circular railing conducting the circumference of the movement — one of the tricks enabling the 2121’s signature thinness.In complete, the 15202 will probably be available in three variants — the newest gold alternatives (yellow gold on champagne yellow, or yellow gold on blue) join the present stainless steel 15202 which was re-introduced back in 2012. Though the stainless steel Extra-Thin Jumbo Royal Oak starts at roughly $22,000, those seeking to ‘remain gold’ could expect to part with more double that $55,000 for the 18-carat gold variants.
The ladies’ Royal Oak marks its 40th year in 2016 with the Royal Oak Frosted Gold, giving the signature Audemars Piguet Wall Watch Replica wristwatch a new surface finish for the first time.
Working with Italian jewellery designer Carolina Bucci, Audemars Piguet adopted a decorative technique from Florentine jewellery for the new Royal Oak, giving it a finely hammered surface.
Originally designed in 1976 by Jacqueline Dimier, the Royal Oak for women was an evolution of the original Royal Oak ref. 5402 designed by Gerald Genta in 1972. Compact and dainty but resolutely octagonal, the ladies’ Royal Oak is transformed with the Florentine finish.
Instead of the traditional straight grained, brushed finish applied to all flat surfaces of the watch case and bracelet, the Royal Oak Frosted Gold is treated with a diamond-tipped tool. Used to repeatedly dig into the surface of the gold, the tool creates tiny dimples, creating a textured surface that sparkles in the light.
The Florentine finish is usually found on small pieces of jewellery, often used by Carolina Bucci on her creations. Repurposing the technique for serial production of the Royal Oak Frosted Gold took several months, especially when it came to perfecting the finish of the bracelet while retaining its flexility.
The Royal Oak Frosted Gold is available in white or rose gold. Both versions are offered either as a 37mm automatic powered by the in-house calibre 3120, or a 33mm watch with a quartz movement.
Price and availability
Available starting March 2017, the Royal Oak Frosted Gold is priced as follows, in Swiss francs including Swiss tax:
White gold 37mm, ref. 15454BC.GG.1259BC.01 – SFr51,500
White gold 33mm, ref. 67653BC.GG.1263BC.01 – SFr42,500
Pink gold 37mm, ref. 15454OR.GG.1259OR.01 – SFr46,500
Pink gold 33mm, ref. 67653OR.GG.1263OR.01 -SFr37,500
Prices are subject to change.