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May 22, 2024

Audemars Piguet: Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Fully Set

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 extra-thin selfwinding movement that was unveiled in 2022 for the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary. 

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 Manufacture’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. 

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 caseback side, which is either rhodium-toned or plated with yellow gold. 

The two new models are driven by Calibre 7121, which displays the hours, the minutes and the date. This selfwinding movement has been specially designed for the extra-thin case of the “Jumbo”, without altering any of its finesse. Produced entirely in-house, 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 Genèvetraits tirés and circular satin finishing, which can be admired through the sapphire caseback. 

These two fully set variations of the Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin are available exclusively in Audemars Piguet boutiques. (Price on request)