Audemars Piguet (AP) just unveiled its new collection for the year, and one of the highlights is a new version of the classic Royal Oak “Jumbo.” Recalling the rare “Tuscan” dials of thirty years ago, the white gold Royal Oak “Jumbo” ultra-thin watch has a grained blue dial.
From a distance, the new “Jumbo” looks just like a normal Royal Oak, with its white metal case and blue dial. But in the hand, it is obviously different. It’s still slim and elegant thanks to the gold case and bracelet, but surprisingly hefty. Granted, the quintessential Royal Oak is a steel “Jumbo,” but the white gold case makes this feel even more refined and refined.
Then there’s the dial. With its grainy surface, it’s distinctly different from regular Royal Oak – and easily beautiful. The PVD treatment gives it a gorgeous metallic blue color that, combined with the texture, catches the light well.
While it’s not a limited edition, it feels special, mostly because it’s the only platinum “Jumbo” in the catalogue. There’s another white metal “Jumbo” in the collection — a platinum version exclusive to AP Houses — but its green dial feels a bit too stylish. However, this grainy blue dial feels more like a classic.
The standard steel “Jumbo” is already an excellent watch, combining the perfect proportions of the original Royal Oak with excellent calibration. 7121. This white-gold version is arguably even better, with its delicately patterned dial and shiny white-gold case – but at CHF 65,000. It’s a lot of money, but goes well with the “Jumbo” in rose gold or yellow gold, but this one is even more special considering the dial.
The grained dial is a departure from the petite guilloché that is synonymous with the Royal Oak, but the embossed dial has historical significance, stemming from the “Tuscan” dials found on some Royal Oak models from the 1980s and 90s.
Although the origin of the moniker has been lost to time, the “Tuscan” dial is said to be the result of hand polishing. Introduced in the early 80’s, the “Tuscany” dial first appeared on AP’s round classic perpetual calendars like ref. 25657, but is now best known as found in the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar like ref. 25820 for example. The dial also appears on the full platinum Royal Oak “Jumbo” ref. The 14802 Jubilee Edition was made exclusively for the model’s 30th anniversary.
Now AP has reproduced the “Tuscany” dial with modern technology. According to the Associated Press, the dial of the new “Jumbo” is stamped to create a “finer, brighter” texture, then PVD-treated to give it a rich blue hue, darker than the dial of the older “Tuscan” . The result is a dark blue grainy surface that shimmers at certain angles.
Other than the texture, the rest of the dial is standard “Jumbo,” with the AP logo printed below 12 o’clock and an applied badge at 6 o’clock. Like other current “Jumbo” models, the date dial on this watch complements the deep blue of the dial.
Historically, the “Tuscany” dial was most commonly found on the white metal models of the Royal Oak, but there were some gold models as well. Thus, the modern grained dial fits nicely into the white gold case. fake watches for sale
This is the only platinum Royal Oak “Jumbo” in the catalog, but is otherwise identical to other “Jumbo” references. 16202 models. The dimensions are classic “Jumbo”, extremely elegant: diameter 39 mm, height 8.1 mm. But the white gold case and bracelet give it a luxurious heft that the steel model doesn’t have, but without the ostentation of the yellow or rose gold models.
Inside is the calibrator. The 7121 debuted last year for the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary. It’s just as thin as its predecessor, but more user-friendly. Carl. The 7121 features a quick-set date, a 55-hour power reserve (longer given the thinness and size), and a full balance bridge for increased stability and shock resistance.
Like all Royal Oak models produced after 2023, the new ‘Jumbo’ features a 22k rose gold standard rotor, rather than the anniversary rotor found on watches made last year.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” ultra-thin
Material: 18k White Gold
Water resistance: 50 meters
Movement: Cal. 7121
Functions: hours, minutes and date
Frequency: 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 55 hours
Strap: 18k white gold folding clasp