AUDEMARS PIGUET Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak series has been transformed into a masterpiece of the brand since its birth in 1972. It has also become a must-have for many watch fans, after decades of history Invariable design features still have a strong sense of presence, such as Petite Tapisserie checkered faceplate, simple and intuitive rod-shaped hour and minute hands, octagonal bezel fixed by hexagonal screws, and integrated chain design are all exclusive to AP. Gene, not to mention the superiority of the first-generation famous machine 2121 automatic winding movement. In 2018, AP re-interpreted this classic with a titanium case (with platinum on the bezel and chain links), especially with its unique freshness. The new color palette of the sense has once again attracted people’s attention.
In the 1970s, the shock of the table diameter reaching 39mm was a bit like the 47 and 50mm that we see today, so the original RO ‘Jumbo’ was nicknamed, and the modern retro design still inherits the same watch name and nickname
Feature one: the origin of the Jumbo name
The name of this RO watch is specially added with the word ‘Jumbo’. This is not related to the new changes, but AP’s relationship to pay tribute to the first Royal Oak watch. In that year, Mr. Gerald Genta used the British Royal Oak Warship. The portholes are the inspiration for the design and set the tone for the Royal Oak series: checkered veneer, octagonal bezel, case, chain strap, hexagonal screws running through the bezel and other elements. Gerald Genta’s Royal Oak series created more than that. The 39mm diameter was considered an industry anecdote at the time. Therefore, the first Royal Oak had another name of Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’, as the name implies. These elements can still be seen on the current Royal Oak watch, so although it is still called ‘Jumbo’, the diameter of 39mm is not particularly large according to today’s standards, mainly to trace back historical past.
The classic stick-shaped hour design and the AP at 6 o’clock are made of white gold with a delicate ‘Petite Tapisserie’ checkered face plate. At the same time, a new gradation blue surface is used to make people look more and more eye-catching.
Feature two: Modern elements are added after salute
The reason why AP could kill its own high-end stainless steel sports watch market was related to the avant-garde thinking of the era. Of course, the design aesthetics of Master Gérald Genta is high, and it is also the reason why Royal Oak can successfully win the love of watch fans. The masculine bezel with the hexagonal screws is hard to forget, and with the Petite Tapisserie checkered faceplate and the simple hour-shaped hour, minute and hour indexes, the only difference between the new model and the classic of the early 1977 Strictly speaking, there are only a few subtle differences in the brand logo font at twelve o’clock, and the materials used for the body are different. Generally speaking, some classic factors should be completely transplanted to the new style. Said to be an almost original reproduction.
The semi-hollowed AP bi-directional automatic dial, the classic checkered design on the front of the watch is also placed on the edge of the automatic dial, plus the hand-polished surface, fish scale pattern and Geneva ripple, etc. Out
Feature three: Famous machines used for more than 40 years
2121 automatic movement is a generation of famous machines, because its predecessor Cal. 920 was jointly designed by three major brands, such as AP, Vacheron Constantin, PP, and commissioned a few produced a movement, which is also currently in current models The only movement used by the three giants of the watch altar, but later the ownership of Cal. 920 fell into the hands of AP, so it was changed into a 2120 automatic winding movement by the brand. This movement is Audemars Piguet. Using the legendary movement so far, it has a history of more than forty years, but it does not change its toughness. The time wheel is configured with elegant hours and minutes, plus a two-way winding system, a Gyromax weight fine-tuning balance wheel, two With KIF shock absorbers, the practical performance of the entire movement has risen to a higher level. The 2121 calibre inherits such excellent pedigree, but it has more date modules in function, so the thickness has also been some, but it is still maintained in the range that can be summarized as an ultra-thin automatic winding movement (3.05mm), modern version When the original bottom cover was changed and the transparent bottom cover was used, it gave people a chance to see the famous style.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Slim Watch
Titanium, platinum material / 2121 self-winding movement / hours, minutes, date display / chronograph function / sapphire crystal, transparent bottom cover / 39mm diameter / waterproof 50 meters / reference price: 250,000 RMB