Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 16202 Jumbo
2022 will certainly mark the 50th wedding anniversary of the Royal Oak since the first true luxury stainless-steel sports watch. For the first time within 22 years, the watch manufacture presents a new model of the Royal Oak " Jumbo". 15202 disappeared, 16202 appeared.
AP has released four new 16202 models:
16202ST. OO. 1240ST. 01 stainless steel bracelet along with special commemorative blue switch; 16202OR. OO. 1240OR. 01 rose gold bracelet together with anthracite dial; 16202BA. OO. 1240BA. 01 platnium bracelet, yellow gold gradient call; 16202PT. OO. 1240PT. 01 platinum strap using smoke green dial platinum eagle bracelet.
Research 16202 is the familiar 15202 with a new dial design along with a new movement. What truly makes the Royal Oak the Royal Oak is the Regal Oak movement (AP La mecanique 2121 based on JLC 920). At the time, it was the slimest self-winding movement in the world just 3. 05mm thick, the 5402 a mere 7. 01mm thick. Using the exact same quality and reliability but with a sapphire caseback, the 15202 is eight. 1mm thick and continues to be one of the finest, thinnest and many comfortable sports watches on the planet.
The exterior sizes of the new 16202 tend to be exactly the same as the 15202, however the interior dimensions have transformed considerably. That's because AP went further and came up with the all-new calibre 7121, that is bigger (29. 6mm or 28. 4mm), more complicated (268 vs . 19, 800), and a lot importantly, more autonomous, having a 55-hour power reserve vs . 15202 compared to a minimum guaranteed reserve of power of 40 hours. The brand new Calibre 7121 is also heavier than the 2121 (3. 2mm vs 3. 05mm).
The actual 7121 took five many years to develop and now uses a sophisticated ball bearing rotor as well as two internal reversers. The total amount wheel is equipped with inertia prevents for added shock safety, and the big news with regard to Royal Oak Jumbo customers is that there is now a quick day setting mechanism.
Gone are the days of watch proprietors turning the small octagonal overhead back and forth between 9pm and also 12am every time the time needed to be set. This is a main change in the functionality of the view.
Caliber 7121 is finished with complex Côtes de Genève, circular graining and beautifully polished edges. The introduction of the movement, that has affected all divisions, may serve as the basis for several brand new AP in-house movements, based on AP R& D movie director Lucas Ruggi. The Connected Press also notes that every 16202 watches released this season will feature a special 50th anniversary oscillating weight.
The particular dial doesn't get an new update like it did 10 years ago to mark the actual 40th anniversary, but there exists a new design. The new item still retains the captivating miniature tapestry pattern which first appeared on the Royal Oak dial, manufactured by Demanding Frères in 1972. And at twelve o’clock, there is also a banoir (bathtub) hour marker that instantly matches the material of Audemars Piguet. The words " Switzerland Made" are located at the bottom from the dial, and the minute monitor is printed directly on the particular dial.
Among the particularly striking dials is definitely an anthracite grey, which is " achieved by means of an electroplating bath, the duration along with temperature of which are important to achieve an even colouring in the individual components. The colored lacquer is then carefully dispersed on while rotating. The exterior area of the dial to attain a smooth gradient for any smoky effect. ”
All the fresh dials are special, nevertheless the AP says the blue face of the steel reference 16202 is almost a copy and insert of the labor-intensive original 5402 dial from 1972: " Dial Color Bleu Noir, Nuage 50 Originally Created by Geneva Dial Designed by Strict Frères. The blue color is obtained by sinking each dial into a good electroplating bath. While the structure of the mixture is also essential, the duration and temperatures are crucial. The master eliminates the dial too early also it turns purple; if Remove it too late and it will turn dark. Then apply a thin layer associated with lacquer to the dial and blend in a few drops of dark-colored (No. 50).
The term " nuage" describes cloud effects. When it strikes the protective liquid layer of varnish it forms a african american drop. Today, the PVD coating process is exactly just like the original dial, but with a lot more stability from one watch to a different.
The first on the new 16202 Royal Oak Jumbo will certainly not be the final, but from a collector's viewpoint, it is an evolution in the historical past of the model that does not essentially change the nature of the enjoy. That's exactly what this deserves.