Did someone say, “Gender Neutral”? 2020 saw the Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra thin in platinum and rose gold cases with diamond indexes. Taking it a notch higher this year, Audemars Piguet has dropped three iced out versions of a collection that has been around since 1972 – a particular favourite among collectors with fine taste and a discerning eye.
With an 18-carat pink or white gold case measuring 39mm, this timepiece surprisingly sits pretty even on the most petite wrists. The case, bezel and bracelet have been entirely paved with 1,102 brilliant-cut diamonds (〜7.09 carats) adding to the visual depth of the watch and its elegant appeal.
Taking centre stage is the light blue or black dial that is enriched with a “Petite Tapisserie” pattern, baguette-cut diamond hour markers and colour co-ordinated Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. In addition to the brand’s name positioned below noon, an “AP” logo is located in the lower portion of the dial, consistent with “Jumbo” convention.
At the heart of this watch is the Manufacture Calibre 2121 which offers a 40-hour power reserve and can be seen through the glareproofed sapphire caseback. The movement is equipped with an openworked, bidirectional 22-carat gold oscillating weight, conveniently harnessing the motion of the wearer’s wrist to power the watch. The oscillating weight is hand finished, encompassing both Clous de Paris and satin-brushing. The movement also incorporates hand finishing on the bridges and mainplate, utilising the expertise of the Manufacture’s The new Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin’s 18-carat white or pink gold case, bezel and bracelet have been entirely paved with brilliant-cut diamonds. © Courtesy of Audemars Piguet 2 craftspeople. This includes “Côtes de Genève,” polished bevels, satin-brushed edges and circular graining on the recesses. These new versions of the Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin blend brilliant-cut diamonds and fine watchmaking in a free-spirited design, employing the many skills practised in Le Brassus.