The unbelievable Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is back in the game and will again make some commotion. This watch, initially made in 1972 and planned by Gerald Genta, is a symbol and AP realizes that well indeed. Simply take a gander at the quantity of varieties and uncommon versions that have been made throughout the long term and you’ll comprehend why the brand is so enthused about this watch. No large curiosities for the SIHH 2015, yet a reissue of a very notable release: the RO bi-metal – tempered steel and gold. Here is the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15400 Two-Tone.
A two-tone Royal Oak isn’t altogether new for Audemars Piguet. Harking back to the 1970s, the principal version of the Royal Oak, the extra-flimsy Ref. 5402 that is affectionately alluded to as ‘Jumbo’ , was at that point accessible in this combination of two metals – treated steel and yellow gold, to be exact – combined with a great record dim dial. This watch is these days a unique case with an expanding esteem. Regardless of whether European clients have never truly been into two-tone watches, this vintage release remains amazingly engaging and carries a ton of appeal to the normally cold and monochromatic Royal Oak Jumbo. AP knows the fascination of this exceptional watch and for the SIHH 2015, it chose to bring it back – indeed, at any rate the idea of a two-tone case and wristband, as the specialized content isn’t equivalent to the Jumbo.
Within AP’s list, we have two principle Royal Oak models; that is other than the various Royal Oak Offshore varieties. First there’s Royal Oak Ref. 15400, which is the development of the Ref. 15300, yet with a bigger instance of 41mm. The subsequent one, Ref. 15202 ST , which was re-intended for the Royal Oak’s 40th commemoration in 2012. This is the more uncommon (and more costly) variety anyway this one is the loyal relative of the principal ‘Jumbo’, with its 39mm case, its thin profile and extra-flimsy development. Shockingly, Audemars decided to utilize the first to once again introduce the idea of a two-tone Royal Oak, rather than being absolutely devoted to its set of experiences – most likely for commercial reasons, as the Ref. 15400 is evaluated lower as the Ref. 15202ST. In any case, regardless of whether the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15400 Two-Tone is definitely not an unadulterated reedition, let’s have a more intensive glance at it.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15400 Two-Tone is in fact 100% like the steel release. The distinctions are the visual viewpoints, which means the case and the arm band and furthermore the dial. We disclosed to you that the old Two-Tone RO was fitted with a (heavenly) record dark dial. For this release of the SIHH 2015, AP decided to present a brilliant dial. Be that as it may, don’t be befuddled, it isn’t the white-silver dial, as seen on the hardened steel Ref. 15400 in tempered steel. This bi-metallic release comes with a grayish/light cream dial to more readily coordinate the gold utilized on the case.
Besides its new tone, the dial keep its “Grande Tapisserie” guilloché example and comes with pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with brilliant covering coordinating the gold hands. The case and wristband contain a considerable measure of 18K pink gold, as the bezel (with its 8 white gold screws), the screw-down crown and the interfacing connections of the arm band are made in this valuable metal. The development is equivalent to in the treated steel release, being oneself winding assembling type 3120 that includes some decent completing (angled and cleaned spans with Geneva Stripes on the level surfaces, and roundabout graining on the primary plate) and a similar engraved gold rotor.
So presently comes the greatest inquiry: what to think about this two-tone and brilliant dial combination? As a matter of first importance, we need to concede that this watch glances preferable in the tissue over in press pictures. It’s less sparkly than anticipated (because of a completely brushed completion) and the differentiation between the dial and the gold of the bezel looks better compared to we expected, because of its velvety tone. Nonetheless, in any event, when the Ref. 15400 Two-Tone looks better compared to what we expected dependent on the press photographs, it has the equivalent “issues” as the treated steel version: excessively enormous, excessively thick, excessively pompous. We have a solid inclination for the extra-slight Jumbo Ref. 15202, which is more dedicated to the 1972 release and more refined in practically every angle. Nonetheless, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15400 Two-Tone will positively discover its crowd and its purchasers – we anticipate that it should be mainstream in certain pieces of the world (US and the Middle East, for example, showcases that are known to have an interest for bi-shading combinations).
So, Mr Olivier Audemars (individual from the claiming family) and Mr François-Henry Bennahmias (CEO of AP), could you kindly consider us in 2016, and present a two-tone Jumbo Ref. 15202 with record dim dial – or a least, a record dim dial rendition of this Ref. 15400SR Two-Tone?
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15400 Two-Tones will be evaluated at USD 25,600 (cost in Euros isn’t yet set). For additional subtleties kindly visit Audemars-Piguet’s site .
- Case – hardened steel case, glare-sealed sapphire gem and caseback, 18k pink gold bezel, connections and screw-bolted crown, water-impervious to 50 m
- Dial – silver-conditioned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” design, pink gold applied hour markers and Royal Oak hands with iridescent coating
- Bracelet – treated steel and 18k pink gold arm band with tempered steel AP collapsing clasp
- Reference – 15400SR.OO.1220SR.01
- Movement – capacities: hours, minutes, focus seconds, date – development thickness 4.26 mm – all out width 26.6 mm – sort of equilibrium: variable dormancy blocks – recurrence of equilibrium wheel: 21,600vph – bidirectional programmed winding – power hold: 60h