Watch Journal - AP Royal Oak 16202 Extra-thin 50th Anniversary

To celebrate the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary, Audemars Piguet unveiled the newest generation of the 39mm Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin. The new reference, 16202, replaces the coveted and incredible 15202 Jumbo Extra-Thin. The old reference ran for a total of 21 years.

AP Royal Oak 16202

Dial of the Royal Oak 16202ST

While the layout of the dials remains thankfully unchanged, there are some new techniques at play here, especially with the steel variant. Since its inception in 1972, the classic steel Royal Oak has come in that recognizable petite tapisserie dial with Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 (“Night Blue, Cloud 50”) blue dial. This blue color was developed by Stern Frères back in the early days of the Royal Oak, achieved by using a very sensitive galvanic bath method on the dial which was then finished with a layer of varnish mixed with black color (n° 50). Now, AP uses a PVD method that is more streamlined (and less sensitive, I assume) to achieve what is the exact same blue dial.

Royal Oak 16202ST in Gold

 

The New 16202ST Movement

The most significant upgrade is the new Calibre 7121 movement, which replaces the seminal outgoing Calibre 2121 that had been around, well, as long as the Royal Oak. The 7121 is slightly larger than the 2121 (29.6mm-wide/3.2mm-thick from 28.4mm-wide/3.05mm-thick) and has 268 components, as compared to the 247 components of the outgoing 2121. This 1.2mm width and 1.5mm thickness increase in the movement results in performance boosts across the board while, just as importantly, not increasing the size of the case one bit.

AP Royal Oak 16202ST Movement

Available at Perpetual & Co Watches

Take a look at our Audemars Piguet Royal Oak collection for sale at Perpetual & Co Watches. Visit the Audemars Piguet watch collection for order your new Royal Oak timepiece today.

Tim Coatney
CEO - Perpetual & Co Watches

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