Audemars Piguet has put out a new Royal Oak that is quite interesting. It is the Royal Oak Salmon 15202BC, and it is done nicely in white gold with a pink gold tinted dial that gives off a beautiful shade of salmon. The watch is powered by the 2121 movement, which is one of the thinnest automatic watch movements ever made. Add to that the 40 hour power reserve, and a frequency of 19,800 vibrations per hour, and we see one very impressive timepiece. So let us take a closer look at this new Royal Oak.
It was back in 1992, during the 20th anniversary of the Royal Oak, that Audemars Piquet first used the pink gold tinted dial. This time it is matched with an 18k white gold case and matching bracelet. White gold was used only once before in a Royal Oak, and that was during the 1980’s. The case measures in at 39 millimeters in diameter, and only 8 millimeters in thickness.
It has a simple water resistance depth of 50 meters, and is not intended for swimming or diving. The watch uses the standard Royal Oak case design, and has the 3 piece structure, bezel, center case, and caseback all being brought together from the top to the bottom using screws. The case has the exhibition caseback which reveals the beautiful super thin movement. The scratch resistant sapphire used for both the front and back of the watch has also been treated with the anti reflective coating.
The pink gold dial, better known as a salmon colored dial, is done with white gold applied hour and minute markers. The hands are Royal Oak hands, and have a lume coating. It is a very rare color combination; the salmon dial with the white gold. This watch may some day be a collector’s item. Only 700 pieces of the watch have been made, so time will tell how well resale of the watch will be going forward. This watch uses the 2121 movement.
It ticks at 19,800 vibrations per hour, and has a 40 hour power reserve. The self winding movement is only 3.05 millimeters thick, and was created by Jaeger-LeCoultre. The movement has been used by Vacheron Constantin, and Patek Philippe. The movement is somewhat legendary and back in the 1960’s it was the thinnest movement ever made at that time. For the most part, this Royal Oak is everything we could ever want a Royal Oak to be. Only those adverse to the color scheme could be disappointed with this watch. Not every one will be in love with the salmon dial, but many people will truly love this watch. The price point is $55,000, and like all Royal Oaks, the watch is expected to hold its value.