The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin, with its modern steel iteration (Ref. 15202ST), needs no introduction anymore. The direct descendant of the 1972 original Royal Oak watch, still ultra-thin and identically proportioned, it is one of the most sought-after watches on the market and one of the most (if not the most) legitimate luxury sports watch. And while steel was part of the inaugural concept, precious metals made their appearance later… And they are still used today to create this rather special edition. Here are the Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin “Yoshida” 15206PT and 15207OR.
Same case, just more precious
These new (and rare) editions retain all the classic elements of the Jumbo case and bracelet, meaning a thin and reasonably large case, measuring 39mm x 8.1mm. The shapes, the bezel and the crown are familiar, with the signature octagonal-shaped bezel, eight white gold screws and a finishing combining straight brushed surfaces and polished accents.
The bracelet is also the classic RO version, thin and superbly executed, equipped with an AP-shaped folding clasp. The big deal with these two Yoshida editions is the choice of materials. The 15206PT is crafted in 950 platinum and the 15207OR is made of 18k pink gold. One thing is for sure, they will assert their presence on the wrist due to the heavy nature of these precious metals.
A dial that changes it all
Apart from the different materials used for the case/bracelet, the dials of the new Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin Yoshida editions really stand out. No classic blue colour here, no “petite tapisserie” guilloché pattern – both iconic elements of the steel Jumbo. These Japan-only editions come with a far more luxurious tuxedo-like attire.
The dial of both the 15206PT and 15207OR are made from smooth black onyx. The hands are still classically shaped and made of pink gold or white gold, to match the case material. The date window at 3 o’clock is retained. Another update regards the hour markers, now displayed with 11 diamonds. Certainly, a bold design, which makes these models quite different from the original steel version.
Powering these two Yoshida editions is the same movement found inside all Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin models: calibre 2121. Derived from the original Jaeger-LeCoultre movement of the 1972 model, calibre 2121 is now produced internally by AP and features multiple improvements.
The open caseback reveals the beauty of this calibre with a 21k gold skeletonized rotor and beautiful decoration of all the parts. The caseback is engraved with the limitation (x/70) of the watch.
Price and availability (JDM-only)
These Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin 15206PT and 15207OR will be only sold at Yoshida, one of the oldest Japanese retailers, located in Tokyo. The platinum model will be limited to 70 pieces (price on request) and the pink gold version will be limited to 30 pieces and priced at CHF 61,400. So if you’re a fan of these two precious versions of the Royal Oak Jumbo, this is worth a trip to the beautiful city of Tokyo soon.
More details at www.audemarspiguet.com.