There are a plethora of Royal Oaks(RO) and Royal Oak Offshores(ROO) out there. So many models, one can pick and choose what is the one that sings to them the most(at a price of course). In the past my AP ROO Themes Black LINK was all that to me and because of my love for the End of Days, I also pulled the trigger on the bumblebee LINK... For now, my Offshore lusting days are over as I gravitate towards more reasonable sized watches. I pined for something more refined, more classic sized and I have 'her' in my hands now :)
Among the Royal Oaks then, the Jumbos starting from the A series to the 15202s are regarded as THE Royal Oaks. They are a purist's watch, a connoisseur's timepiece for good reason. One of which is that they are just really, really good looking. Out of the sea of octagonal bezels then, it stands apart. It is the antithesis to the Offshores that bear it's name and other large/shouty pieces.
This latest Jumbo retains a huge amount of DNA from the original A series design by Genta, who is renowned for this and the Patek Nautilus design the most, and what little has been updated has been done so in a tasteful manner and I am sure many who love this range would approve of. Ok time to get onto more pix in this review.
it's nice but of course i don't buy the watch for the box :)
time to break out the loupe :)
- The key updates then with this 40th anniversary edition Jumbo: (1) Date wheel in blue font matching the dial (2) Modern fonts (3) Larger AP logo
- The case size is not large by today's standards comin in at 39 x 8.10 mm. It wears well for it's size on my
- The petite tapisserie pattern dial is a beauty and I think AP making it smaller in the I series than the H series was a good thing(see below on dial variations). Moving the AP logo back to the 6 o'clock from the last Jumbo model, which had it at the 12 o'clock marker, and to have it same as the A series was the right thing to do.
- No seconds hand is a wonderful thing... it's looking at a calm surface, nothing frenetic or jittery... zen like clalm... Hmm, should I yank the second hands off on my other watches?
- White gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating are maintained as they should be
and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction" - Albert Einstein
Just based on what is noted on folks who post about it on the interwebs, this bracelet and clasp is a vast improvement over the one in the last version and of course in the A series.
The bracelet construction has always been great and the new 15202 has a slightly thicker and more robust feeling bracelet vs the older Jumbo. This is thinner than the 15300 bracelet. No shortcuts here :) The satin brushed finishing throughout this piece is wonderful and provides a nice texture to the metal.
The case and bracelet finishing is at a totally other level and the light play over it is simply fantastic. The combination of polished and satin brushed finishings gives this watch a wonderful not so subtle shine and sparkle to it... all in a refined manner of course ;)
this well and have exceeded expectations for this 40th Anniversary edition
AP worked with Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger LeCoultre and I believe Patek to create a reliable, ultra-thin automatic movement back in the 60s. The result was the caliber 2120, and with date the cal 2121. An ultra slim movement at ~3mm height which found it's way into the first of the Royal Oaks and still is it's beating heart today, 40+ years later. It has a 40 hour power reserve and the winding efficiency is excellent as it rotates/spins on rails really well.
Sapphire caseback: Truly something that became important since the 90s. It's a good thing impo as it means u don't have to crack it open to enjoy the beauty of the movement which is now finished exceptionally well compared to the past.
No quick set date and you have to go from 10pm to 2am back and forth to change the date which is ok. Not great that there's no quick set date but one can live with that.
Wonderfully finished movement
Accuracy: To the minute accuracy after several days of wearing
oh and it's not always 1010yuh :)
- Scratch magnet - if u stare too hard at it it will probably get a scratch. Kidding of course but close to everything out there looks to be raring to have a go at it. Metal taps, soap dispenser tips, zippers, seat belt buckles, lift doors, anything made from metal i suppose... Oh and keep it away from the kids.
- Not so versatile - This Royal Oak is more refined and sophisticated than other lux steel sports watches(barring maybe the Patek Philippe Nautilus Jumbo) which makes it impo less versatile. It doesn't go so well with short sleeved tops and uhm wearing it with flip flops are out. Long sleeved shirts, either casual or formal, work with it but as I am in Singapore, it better be a cool place.
- Little niggles - (1) rotor design could be more interesting in this update. The rotor in the previous 15202 is nicer. (2) AP logo is a little better slimmer as the ones used in the H series[more on the dial variations below]. And that's it.
the middle bit also has more rounded ends vs a more flattish ends in the thinner logo
For me it was the darker color dial and probably brighter font that made it click to a buy. The lighter dial with the light font looks like a watch that has come pre-aged while the new one feels fresher and newer and will now begin to age with me :) but all the variants of the Jumbo are wonderful in my eyes.
A lovely watch to me and to many for good reason. I look forward to many great years ahead with this piece in my collection and on my wrist. hope u enjoyed this post and i won't be buying anything new for a looooooooonnnnnnnnnggg time. cheers, raph
[UPDATE 14Sep14: List price of the 15202 in SG is S$29,700 and the 15400 is S$22,400. the blue dial 15400 is a boutique exclusive with no discount and the non-blue dials can be had for discounts.
WALLPAPER of the image below in 2880 * 1800 can be found here LINK]