I have discussed how 2012 is the 40th anniversary of the replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch. It was easy to anticipate that the brand from Le Brassus would focus on the Royal Oak and release a bevy of pieces both looking forward and to the collection’s past. They certainly did. There is nothing extremely novel, and I believe that for as long as we can imagine, Audemars Piguet will honor the core look of the Gerald Genta designed classic.
One of the most important pieces for the 40th anniversary celebration is the Royal Oak in a newer, larger 41mm wide case. The previous “Jumbo” model was 39mm wide. Even though there is actually a new Jumbo for 2012 – which is a redo of the original Jumbo – this 41mm wide Royal Oak set is the real jumbo for the year. It further will come in both three-hand AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK LADIES BROWN DIAL 67650OR.OO.1261OR.01 WATCHES and chronograph versions for 2012.
With all the new Royal Oak watches Audemars Piguet did get a little confusing with the naming. I have to admit that they could have focused better on that element of the watches. It doesn’t matter though as people like me are just going to call this watch the “New Jumbo.” The official name for the three-hand model is the cheap Audemars Piguet watches Selfwinding 41mm, and the chronograph is just called the Royal Oak Chronograph. Both come in 41mm wide cases that are water resistant to 50 meters.
Detailing on the cases and bracelets has never been better. As a “refreshed” Royal Oak, you’ll see a few changes other than just 2 extra millimeters added on to the case size. Let’s start with the Selfwinding 41mm. Inside the watch is the replica AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK watches caliber 3120 automatic movement with a nice new 18k gold rotor. The rotor is engraved with a new design and looks very nice through the sapphire caseback window. The beautiful caliber also features a 60 hour power reserve. It does only run at 3 hertz, and moving forward I would like to see AP put a new movement in their Royal Oak that is a bit more modern and that operates at 4 hertz (or more!). That would give the seconds hand a smoother motion and arguably more accuracy. You can’t complain about the movement looks however.
According to Audemars Piguet all Royal Oak watch dials are now made in-house. The mega tapisserie dial style has been replaced! The new one is called “grande tapisserie.” In addition to the raised blocks on the dial, there is small concentric circles over the entire dial for what is essentially texture on top of texture. The result is subtle but very attractive.
Unlike the Jumbo the AP logo is placed under 12 o’clock as Replica Audemars Piguet Watches opposed to over 6 o’clock. For the hands and hour markers there are small but important changes. First, they are no longer really rounded. Audemars Piguet went with inspiration from the newer Royal Oak Offshore actually in making the hands and longer baton hour markers. Ironic how the classic piece took inspiration from the new piece. You’ll notice how on them both the edges are more beveled than they are rounded. The new look is more modern and helps update the look of the dial. It sort of all reminds me of Rolex, and I playfully consider this to be AP’s “Maxi Dial” version of the Royal Oak (a few years ago Rolex updated the Submariner with a new dial with larger indicators that they called the Maxi Dial).