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Audemars Piguet has made no secret of the fact that it will retire the mythical Royal Oak Extra-Thin 15202 at the end of 2021, and along with it, its caliber 2121. The current successor to the original Royal Oak ref. 5402 “Jumbo” launched in 1972, will give way next year to a new generation with a new, modern mechanism inside that will be launched on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the legendary sports watch. But before that, Audemars Piguet’s proposal for the Only Watch 2021 charity auction offers us its swan song: under the reference 15202XT, the latest Royal Oak “Jumbo” exhibits a more than interesting mix of history and avant-garde through a dial that replicates the design of the original and a case and bracelet in titanium and BMG.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15202XT Only Watch 2021

Like Audemars Piguet’s contributions to previous Only Watch auctions, the “Jumbo” ref. 15202XT is a version of a regular production model. With a monochromatic look, the Only Watch edition differs from its predecessors in color and texture. The all-gray, tone-on-tone palette gives it an attractive industrial feel that perfectly suits its angular lines. While the case retains the 39 mm diameter and 8.1 mm thickness of the 15202, the materials and its finishes are novel, not only for the reference, but for Audemars Piguet in general.

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The case middle and bracelet are made of titanium, whose sandblasted finish achieves a distinguished matte dark gray appearance that contrasts with the polished chamfers. This lightweight metal is combined, unexpectedly, with BMG (Bulk Metallik Glass) on the bezel and the linking parts of the bangle links. BMG is an amorphous material, this time made of a palladium alloy, which offers a high mechanical resistance as well as a better performance against corrosion, external impacts and magnetic fields. In four words, BMG is achieved by preventing the metal from adopting its usual ordered atomic structure through very rapid cooling when it is in a liquid state, forcing it to adopt a disordered structure typical of glass. Its polished finish is entirely handcrafted.

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15202XT Only Watch 2021

A subtle detail that distinguishes the Only Watch “Jumbo” will be, for many, the most important: the almost exact recreation of the dial of the Royal Oak 5402 from 1972. Dark grey with the classic “Petite Tapisserie” pattern, the printed “Audemars Piguet” signature, the “Automatic” under 12 o’clock, the applied AP logo and the “Swiss” designation under the index at 6 o’clock are all in the same location and with the same typography as 49 years ago. Hopefully this delightful vintage touch is a hint of what could be the next Royal Oak.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15202XT Only Watch 2021

Finally, the Royal Oak Only Watch 2021 is also the farewell to the Cal. 2121 (or cal. 2120). The original Cal. 920 developed by Jaeger-LeCoultre was acquired by Audemars Piguet in 2000. The Le Brassus-based firm owned 40% of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s shares until it transferred them to the Richemond group that year. As part of the deal, Audemars Piguet managed to remainThe Royal Oak Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar has been at the heart of the Royal Oak Extra-Thin and Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar ever since. With a frequency of 19,800 vibrations per hour (2.5 Hz), this self-winding calibre achieves a power reserve of 40 hours.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15202XT Only Watch 2021

Only Watch will be held on November 6th, when the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ultra-Thin ref. 15202XT will be auctioned along with the other unique pieces donated by the watch companies. Its estimated sale price is between 160,000 and 320,000 Swiss francs, although it is sure to be far exceeded.

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