The Pantone colours of the year might be grey and yellow – or Ultimate Grey and Illuminating, if we’re being specific – but in the watch world, the hue that companies are feeling appears to be green. The latest company to affirm this is Audemars Piguet, which recently presented its 2021 novelties in a virtual session hosted by its CEO Henry-Francois Bennahmias.
Green dials characterise the manufacture’s latest crop of Royal Oak models. Complemented by a variety of finishes, the verdant hue colours the faces of the new platinum Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin, a Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph and three new Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon models. Audemars Piguet traces its use of the colour back to its colourful stone dials – in brown, green and blue – from the 1970s. Not that one needs a reason when the results look this good.
01: Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra Thin
Whether you are a 15202 (39mm, “Jumbo”, ultra-thin) or a 15500 (41mm, “standard” Royal Oak) person, most of us would agree: The latest 15202 Jumbo is a looker. This new Jumbo – so called because the 39mm watch it is based on was considered large back when it debuted in 1972 – features a new combination of elements: A 950 platinum case and bracelet, and a smoked green dial with a sunburst finish.
Measuring a svelte 8.1mm in thickness, the watch is powered by the selfwinding in-house Calibre 2121. It features white gold applied hour markers and lumed hands, and a date window that continues to drive many people mad, which is actually a good thing with the Jumbo already being quite a unicorn as it is. Making it even more challenging to obtain, this platinum model is exclusive to AP Houses, the brand’s residence-like retail concept. The AP House closest to us is in Bangkok, but while the brand declined to comment, we are guessing there will somehow be a way for its travel-restricted VIPs here to get hold of this new timepiece.
02: Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph
Limited to 125 pieces, the Royal Oak chronograph is now offered with a green dial and a 41mm yellow gold case. Here, the green dial features the brand’s Grande Tapisserie engraving and a 24K gold logo formed using galvanic growth – this process, where the gold is built up layer by layer, made its AP debut in the brand’s Code 11.59 round watches.
Powered by the in-house Calibre 2385, this chronograph is outfitted with a yellow gold bracelet and comes with two additional straps in green calfskin or green rubber.
03: Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon
Evolutive Tapisserie, the name of the radiating version of Audemars Piguet’s Tapisserie engraving, takes centre stage in its latest Royal Oak tourbillon watches. This year, the Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon comes in three green-dialled variants, all of which are limited editions, powered by the in-house Calibre 2950. The flying tourbillon refers to a tourbillon that is supported from below and does away with the usual upper bridge, which makes for a better view of the rotating regulating organ.
With this model, there’s something for everyone (kind of): The three versions come in 41mm cases in pink gold (10 pieces), titanium (50 pieces), and titanium with a white gold bezel and 32 baguette-cut emeralds (15 pieces). The pink gold model features matching hour markers and hands, while the titanium models have white gold hour markers and a titanium bracelet. With so many options, it’s a great time to go green, watch-wise.