What is left of the “dial” is essentially a satin-brushed, ruthenium-toned ring round the border and both anthracite sub-dials. There’s a rehaut printed using a second chapter ring too. In my experience, legibility isn’t the strongest suit for a skeletonized watch, but that is less of an issue in the case of this watch. The usage of pink gold applied hour markers and pink gold baton-shaped palms, both filled with lume, should provide adequate legibility in most light conditions. The “Audemars Piguet” logo is printed on the surface of the sapphire crystal on the front, and this gives it a pleasant floating effect.The sub-dials are easy with white printed white and text baton-shaped hands. The sub-dial in 3:00 indicates chronograph minutes and the one at 9:00 shows continuous moments. 1 possible issue with legibility must do with the chronograph seconds hand, which is black with a lumed white hint. Between how thin the seconds hand is and the color, reading the chronograph elapsed time might be more awkward than individuals may like. It is hard to say for certain until we get our hands on a tangible case of the watch.I’ve abandoned the case and bracelet description to the past because those are some of the most recognizable aspects of the watch. This is the exact same Gerald Genta layout that’s so popular among many collectors however with 44mm by 13.2mm case dimensions. This is a somewhat large Audemars Piguet Lebron James Watch Replica with a wide bezel on both the front and rear. Each of the straight lines and sharp angles also give it a larger look. There will be the obvious visual differences in the two substances but what I find intriguing is that titanium is usually a light material with high tensile strength, while gold is a compact but soft material. This means is that the experience of wearing each variant should be substantially different, and that I personally find this interesting.
Last year Audemars Piguet unveiled a slew of Royal Oak watches in yellow gold, with a notable omission, the Royal Oak Extra-Thin “Jumbo”. As the Royal Oak marks the 40th anniversary of the first yellow gold model of 1977, that has now been rectified with a pair that will make their debut at SIHH 2017.
The new Royal Oak Extra-Thin watches in 18k yellow gold join the 50-piece limited edition made for Singapore retailer The Hour Glass last year, with both the case and bracelet in yellow gold.
While the version for The Hour Glass had a green dial, the two new additions to the collection are in dark blue and yellow gold respectively. Both dials are finished in the traditional style of the Royal Oak, decorated with Petite Tapisserie guilloche and featuring yellow gold applied markers and hands.
The case diameter is 39mm, the exact same diameter as the 1977 original “Jumbo”, though the sapphire display back means the modern iteration is slightly thicker than the solid back original.
But the movement inside remains the 2121, the slim, self-winding calibre originally developed by Jaeger-LeCoultre but now made by Audemars Piguet.
Price and availability
The Royal Oak Extra-Thin in yellow gold with a blue dial is the ref. 15202BA.OO.1240BA.01, while the same with a matching yellow gold dial is the ref. 15202BA.OO.1240BA.02. Both are priced at US$55,400.