Regardless of the svelte profile, however, the golden 15202 is a surprisingly hefty watch. This tactile illusion is because, of course to the fact that gold’s density is almost 3 times that of stainless steel, giving the assertive wrist existence of a far bigger sports watch to one which can otherwise slide easily under the cuff of a dress shirt. When you examine the bracelet and case when considering the weight of the gold, the slender profile but strong gold look gifts a contrasted personality that works well. It’s secure, but a modern design icon within an old-school material.From the dial-side, the appearance and feel of this 15202 is distinctly classic — such as a vintage re-issue of this original 5402 in golden. Inside though, defeats a different story. Here we have the Caliber 2121, currently produced in-house by Audemars Piguet (in the Royal Oak’s formative years, the 2121 was actually created by Jaeger LeCoultre). It is an ultra-thin automated 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 moments hand. Unlike the 5402 that prompted it, the 15202 has a sapphire crystal display caseback, through which the cal. 2121’s 21-carat gold strand is observable, as it slides back and forth about the circular railing running the circumference of the movement — one of those tricks allowing the 2121’s signature thinness.In complete, the 15202 will be available in three variants — the new gold options (yellow gold on champagne yellow, or yellowish gold on blue) join the present stainless steel 15202 which was re-introduced back in 2012. While the stainless steel Extra-Thin Jumbo Royal Oak begins at approximately $22,000, those seeking to ‘remain gold’ can expect to part with more double that $55,000 for the 18-carat gold variations.
Last year Audemars Piguet Watches History Replica introduced the Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph in luminescent colours – that same colour palette has now been applied to the time-only Royal Oak Offshore Diver.
One of a dozen new Royal Oak models to be unveiled at SIHH 2017 tomorrow, the Royal Oak Offshore Diver “Funky Colour” is available in five different colours: white, blue, yellow, orange and green. Each dial colour has dark blue accents to match.
The dials are decorated with the chequerboard Méga Tapisserie guilloche that’s standard for the Royal Oak Offshore.
Colours aside the new Offshore Diver is identical to the previous models. The steel case is 42mm in diameter and rated to 300m, with the crown at 10 o’clock to rotate the inner elapsed time bezel around the dial. And it’s powered by the calibre 3120, AP’s in-house automatic movement.
The Offshore Diver “Funky Colour” is delivered with two rubber straps, one to match the dial colour, and another in dark blue.
AP has yet to reveal pricing and availability, but with the earlier versions of the same retailing for US$19,000, expect this to be similarly priced.
Individual model references are as follows:
Blue – ref. 15710ST.OO.A027CA.01
White – ref. 15710ST.OO.A010CA.01
Yellow – ref. 15710ST.OO.A051CA.01
Orange – ref. 15710ST.OO.A070CA.01
Green – ref.15710ST.OO.A038CA.01