As we begin awaiting 2018’s SIHH novelties, we thought it’s high time to have a better look at a few of this season’s favorites, which include the gloriously over-the-top 15202, rendered for the first time as a contemporary, non-limited reference completely in 18-carat yellow gold. It is not merely the all-gold case that lends the 15202 significance though — there are a few other (albeit much more subtle) visual cues that set this specific reference apart, and may make it even more desirable for collectors in the long run. Probably most obvious, is the very simple time and date-only dial configuration, completed by the ‘AP’ logo at 6:00, which pays direct homage to the initial steel 5402 released in 1972. This aesthetic also tips its hat towards the yellowish gold 5402BA Jumbo introduced five decades later — the very first time Audemars Piguet rendered the Jumbo in this precious metal.However, more noteworthy is that the thickness — the brand new 15202 steps a hair over 8mm, 0.2mm thicker than the original 5402, and the closest we’ve seen to those pioneering ultra-thin dimensions since the 40th Anniversary editions from 2012 — hence the ‘Extra Thin’ naming convention. This new-but-really-old profile, coupled with the eminently wearable 39mm case size truly feels like the sweet spot for your Royal Oak, also has much to do with why this iconic layout managed to develop into such a future-proof classic in the first place.The Jumbo Royal Oak in its most classic arrangement is a watch that historically, with measurements, should wear tremendously thin. But this new reference is one that still manages to leap off the wrist, as a result of its solid yellow gold case, and light-gobbling “Petite Tapisserie” tonal champagne colored waffle dial. People who are searching for a marginally more toned-down aesthetic still rendered within this metal will appreciate the next of the 15202’s two new dial variations: a stunning blue, and this, given the spate of blue-on-bronze sports watches we have seen this season, is as much on-trend, since it’s slightly less ostentatious.
Introduced in 2012, the original Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin marked the Royal Oak’s 40th anniversary and was originally available only in platinum, followed by the launch of a yellow gold version in 2016.
Demand from connoisseurs around the world has led to the creation of two new limited edition versions in 2017 – one in brushed 18-carat pink gold with matching bracelet, the other in stainless steel.