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NEW MODEL - AP PRESENTS TWO FULLY SET VARIATIONS OF ITS ROYAL OAK "JUMBO" EXTRA-THIN

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Le Brassus, September 2023 Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet presents two new fully set limited editions of its 39 mm Royal Oak "Jumbo" Extra-Thin model. While the first timepiece is crafted in 18-carat white gold and decorated with 1,528 brilliant-cut diamonds, the second combines 18-carat yellow gold with brilliant-cut yellow sapphires. Both models are powered by the selfwinding Calibre 7121, the Manufacture's most recent and sophisticated extra-thin selfwinding movement that was unveiled in 2022 for the Royal Oak's 50th anniversary.


The Royal Oak "Jumbo" Extra-Thin model is now available in two versions executed in 18-carat white or yellow gold and entirely set with 1,528 brilliant-cut diamonds or yellow sapphires. © Courtesy of Audemars Piguet

THE SPARKLE OF A FULL SETTING

These two variations are an evolution of the Royal Oak "Jumbo" Extra-Thin model, revealed in 2018.
The 18-carat white gold timepiece is paved with 1,528 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of ~8.3 carats, which adorn the case, the bezel, the dial and the bracelet. The same gemsetting can be found on the 18-carat yellow gold model, but this time, the timepiece is entirely covered with yellow sapphires for a total of ~10.4 carats. The manufacturer's artisans have opted exclusively for brilliant-cut stones, giving these two models perfect uniformity. The two timepieces are also the embodiment of "a river", in the high jewellery world, flowing seamlessly through the entire timepiece. Each gemstone has been carefully selected and cut to meet Audemars Piguet's highest standards in terms of its purity, cut and colour. The brilliance of the diamonds and sapphires is also enhanced by the mirror-polished chamfers outlining the bezel, the case and the individual links of the bracelet.

A LUMINOUS DIAL

The two gold dials offer subtle nuances of colour. Each of their 422 stones reflects against the gold bezel, applied hour-markers and hands, offering luminous contrasts. The resulting plays of light enhance the legibility of the hour and minute hands, while the "Audemars Piguet" signature and AP monogram have been discreetly printed onto the sapphire crystal. The background of the date window at 3 o'clock has been specially matched to the watches' white or yellow gold hues. The same applies to the 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight, visible on the case-back side, which is either rhodium-toned or plated with yellow gold.

THE EXTRA-THIN CALIBRE 7121

The two new models are driven by Calibre 7121, which displays the hours, the minutes and the date. This self-winding movement has been specially designed for the extra-thin case of the "Jumbo", without altering any of its finesse. Produced by Audemars Piguet's engineers and watchmakers, this movement, which is only 3.2 mm thick, took five years to develop. It delivers more energy than the previous generation (Calibre 2121) thanks to its new construction that includes a larger barrel, thus giving it more power and increased precision. In keeping with Haute Horlogerie codes, Calibre 7121 is embellished with emblematic decorations such as Côtes de Genève, traits tirés and circular satin finishing, which can be admired through the sapphire case back.

These two fully set variations of the Royal Oak "Jumbo" Extra-Thin are available exclusively in Audemars Piguet boutiques.

Royal Oak "Jumbo" Extra-Thin / 39 mm

16202BC.ZZ.1241BC.01

FUNCTIONS
Hours, minutes and date.

CASE
18-carat white gold case set with 138 brilliant-cut diamonds (~2.6 carats), glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 20 m.
Case thickness: 8.1 mm

DIAL
Dial fully set with 422 brilliant-cut diamonds (~1.6 carats), white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

BRACELET
18-carat white gold bracelet set with 968 brilliant-cut diamonds (~4 carats) and AP folding clasp.

Royal Oak "Jumbo" Extra-Thin / 39 mm

16202BA.HH.1241BA.01

FUNCTIONS
Hours, minutes and date.

CASE
18-carat yellow gold case set with 138 brilliant-cut yellow sapphires (~2.8 carats), glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 20 m.
Case thickness: 8.1 mm

DIAL
Dial fully set with 422 yellow sapphires (~1.8 carats), yellow gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

BRACELET
18-carat yellow gold bracelet set with 968 brilliant-cut yellow sapphires (~5.8 carats) and AP folding clasp.

MOVEMENT SPECIFICATIONS

Selfwinding Calibre 7121
Total diameter 29.6 mm (12 ¾ lignes)
Total thickness 3.19 mm
Number of jewels 33
Number of parts 268
Minimum guaranteed power reserve 55 h
Frequency of balance wheel 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)

 
Posted : 13/01/2024 4:16 pm

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