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The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Goes Green for 2021

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 2021 Collection

While many a watchmaker has been embracing green over the last couple of years, Audemars Piguet has only dabbled here and there, with a camouflaged Offshore here, hints of emerald there. Apparently though, the watchmaker has only been biding their time. For the makers of the Royal Oak, 2021 is the year of green with not just one but five pieces offering striking coloured dials – including one particularly special, non-limited Jumbo.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin

The crowning glory of the new collection, the one that Audemars Piguet will not be able to produce enough of, is the new 15202 Royal Oak Jumbo. The brand’s 2019 boutique-only edition with its rose gold dial was snapped up lightning fast, and this version with its green fume dial I’d say is even more striking.

It’s the first 15202 ever with a green dial which should be enough to get collectors excited. Better yet, it’s an absolute stunner. A refreshingly minimal alternative to the collection’s signature grande tapisserie guilloche, the brushed, smoked look is an instant winner, bright but not too shiny, eye-catching but not ostentatious.

The case is 39mm of platinum, which in a watch of Royal Oak dimensions is a substantial chunk of precious metal. Fortunately, it lives up to the Extra-Thin moniker at 8.1mm thick, meaning it won’t weigh down dainty wrists too much. Equipped with the AP calibre 2121 with its 40-hour power reserve (and lovely decoration through the sapphire caseback), we can’t wait to see one of these bad boys in the metal. Yet while the 15202 might be next to impossible to nab for your collection, at least Audemars Piguet is expanding their green scheme elsewhere.

The Specs:

Ref: 15202PT.OO.1240PT.01   |   Case/dial: 39mm diameter x 8.1mm thickness, 950 platinum case, smoked green dial with sunburst pattern  |   Water resistance: 50m   |   Movement: In-house calibre 2121, automatic, 36 jewels   |   Frequency: 19,800 vph (2.75 Hz)   |   Power reserve: 40h   |   Functions: Hour, minutes, date   |   Strap: 950 platinum bracelet with AP folding clasp  |   Price: £96,100

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph

Particularly eye-catching is the new, green-dialled, yellow gold Royal Oak self-winding chronograph. It’s a more classic dial for the watch, meaning the usual grid-patterned Grande Tapisserie guilloche, just in a nice, forest green. It’s more about the contrast between the 41mm yellow gold case and dial rather than the green itself, but it’s a damn fine colourway if you want a big splash of gold on your wrist.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph

The watch is equipped with the calibre 2385 chronograph movement, with a 40-hour power reserve (which is fast becoming less than we’d like to see) and, along with the full gold Royal Oak integrated bracelet comes with green calfskin and green rubber straps. The images we have so far are just on gold, but I bet it looks fantastic on the leather. Not subtle, though, but then it is a full gold RO.

Unlike the Jumbo (thank god) the chronograph is a limited edition, specifically of 125 pieces, which is not much at all. Still, compared to the final three, that’s more than enough.

The Specs:

Ref: 26331BA.OO.1220BA.02   |   Case/dial: 41mm diameter, 18-carat yellow gold case, green dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern  |   Water resistance: 50m   |   Movement: In-house calibre 2385, automatic, 37 jewels   |   Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)   |   Power reserve: 40h   |   Functions: Hour, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph   |   Strap: 18-carat yellow gold bracelet with AP folding clasp, two additional straps in green calfskin and green rubber  |   Price: £68,100, limited to 125 pieces

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Tourbillon

The last envy-inducing timepieces come as a trio: three new variations of the Royal Oak Selfwinding Tourbillon. One of the two 41mm models comes in rose gold, two in titanium and one of those titanium models comes set with 32 baguette-cut emeralds between the bezel’s signature octagonal screws.

They all share a unique twist on the signature Royal Oak dial dubbed Evolutive Tapisserie, waves of rectangles emanating from the titular tourbillon at 6 o’clock. Of the three, I prefer the plain titanium version – a gem-set Royal Oak rubs me up the wrong way – but the emeralds do set off the forest green dial nicely. I’d think the emeralds suit the precious metal version more than the lightweight titanium, but that might be a bit much.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Tourbillon
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Tourbillon

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin

All three pieces are equipped with the Calibre 2950 automatic movement with its open tourbillon at 6 o’clock and solid 65-hour power reserve. They are also limited editions, rising in rarity according to their materials. That means the full titanium is limited to 50, the titanium with emeralds to 15 and the full gold to 10. These are seriously top-end haute horological pieces, so those kind of numbers are to be expected. As for price, well, if you need to ask…

The Specs

Ref: 26534TI.OO.1220TI.01 (titanium case), 26532IC.EE.1220TI.01 (titanium case, 18-carat white gold bezel), 26533OR.OO.1220OR.01 (titanium/18k white gold)   |   Case/dial: 41mm diameter, green dial with “Evolutive Tapisserie” pattern  |   Water resistance: 50m   |   Movement: In-house calibre 2950, automatic, 77 jewels   |   Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)   |   Power reserve: 65h   |   Functions: Hour, minutes, flying tourbillion   |   Strap: Titanium or 18-carat pink gold bracelet with AP folding clasp  |   Price: POA, limited to 10 pieces (18k pink gold), 50 pieces (titanium) and 15 pieces (titanium/18k white gold)

More details at Audemars Piguet.

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Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.