Despite the svelte profile though, the gold 15202 is a very heavy watch. This tactile illusion is because, of course to the fact that gold’s density is almost three times that of stainless steel, lending the assertive wrist presence of a far bigger sports watch to one that can otherwise slip easily beneath the cuff of a dress shirt. When you examine the bracelet and case when thinking about the weight of the golden, the slim profile but solid gold appearance presents a contrasted personality which works well. It is safe, but a modern design icon in an old-school material.From the dial-side, the look and feel of this 15202 is distinctly classic — like a classic re-issue of the first 5402 in gold. Inside though, beats another story. Here we have the Caliber 2121, currently produced in house by Audemars Piguet Diamond Watch Replica Replica (in the Royal Oak’s formative years, the 2121 was actually created by Jaeger LeCoultre). It’s an ultra-thin automated motion measuring 3.05mm thick, and characterized with a unique 2.75Hz (19,800 vibrations per hour), though that marginally lower-than-average alternance isn’t easily visible as the 15202 does not feature a running moments hand. Unlike the 5402 that prompted it, the 15202 has a sapphire crystal display caseback, by the cal. 2121’s 21-carat gold rotor is visible, as it slides back and forth about the circular railing running the circumference of the motion — one of those tricks enabling the 2121’s signature thinness.In complete, the 15202 will probably be available in three variants — the new gold alternatives (yellow gold on champagne yellow, or yellow gold on blue) combine the present stainless steel 15202 that was re-introduced back in 2012. Though the stainless steel Extra-Thin Jumbo Royal Oak starts at roughly $22,000, those looking to ‘stay gold’ could expect to part with more double that — $55,000 for the 18-carat gold variants.
Three years ago Audemars Piguet Watches Images Replica gave its bestselling sports chronograph a major overhaul with an in-house movement as well as ceramic buttons and crown. Now a quartet of new models unveiled at SIHH 2017 joins the second generation Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph line-up, including a heavyweight version with a platinum case and bracelet.
The basic models are in stainless steel, starting with the blue on black (ref. 26470ST.OO.A028CR.01). This has a black dial with dark blue chronograph registers, matched with a dark blue chapter ring and alligator strap.
The other steel model has a brown dial (ref. 26470ST.OO.A820CR.01) fitted with pink gold hands.
Then there’s the 18k yellow gold that has a blue dial and gilt sub-dials (ref. 26470BA.OO.1000BA.01) that’s anything but subtle. This is delivered on a matching 18k gold bracelet, but accompanied by a spare alligator strap and 18k gold pin buckle.
The top of the line version is the all-platinum (ref. 26470PT.OO.1000PT.01) that marks the return of the model to the catalogue after a hiatus of several years. Impractically but impressively heavy – it tips the scales at over a pound or half a kilo – the platinum Offshore is a limited edition of 50 pieces with a pale grey dial and black sub-dials. Like the yellow gold model, it’s accompanied by a spare alligator strap with a platinum pin buckle.
All four models share the same specs, with a 42mm case featuring a sapphire case back that reveals the calibre 3126/3840 inside.
Price and availability
The new Offshore Chronographs are available from Audemars Piguet retailers and boutiques, with Swiss francs priced excluding taxes as follows.
Steel and black ref. 26470ST.OO.A028CR.01 – SFr23,500
Steel and brown ref. 26470ST.OO.A820CR.01 – SFr24,000
18k yellow gold ref. 26470BA.OO.1000BA.01 – SFr78,000
950 platinum ref. 26470PT.OO.1000PT.01 – SFr122,000