The new limited edition Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin comes in a new titanium case measuring 39 mm x 8.1 mm, that’s water-resistant to 50 meters, powered by caliber 2121, same as the existing stainless steel Jumbo.
The case and bracelet feature a satin-brushed titanium surface, which contrasts well with the fully polished solid 950 platinum bezel and bracelet links. Typically the top of the Royal Oak bezel has a vertical brushing but in this instance, it’s completely polished. This gives the watch a unique look, however, the bezel is more susceptible to scratches, which is mainly because platinum is softer than steel.
Apart from the case and bracelet materials being unique, the other element that’s new is the dial. Referred to by the manufacture as a “smoked blue” effect, the dial is quite striking. It’s essentially the same as the existing dark blue “petite tapisserie” dial but with a black hue faded in.
Underneath the dial is automatic caliber 2121 that powers hours, minutes, and the date. At a svelte 3.05 mm in thickness (28.4 mm in diameter), this movement is the key to the watch being so thin. The beat rate is 2.75Hz (19,800 vph), it has 36 jewels, and a 21K gold skeletonized rotor, which can be custom decorated upon request. The bridges, which features polished bevels, satin-brushed edges, perlage on the recesses, and the mainplate have been manually finished.
The combination of titanium, platinum, and the smoked blue dial create a nice alternative to the traditional Royal Oak Extra-Thin. Perhaps the bezel should have stayed brushed, but it would be harder to distinguish from the standard version if so. Would be great to see the faded dial used on future Royal Oak models. Like the original Jumbo, this watch should strongly appeal to collectors.
The Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Titanium and Platinum is a boutique exclusive and available in a limited edition of 250. (Ref. 15202IP.OO.1240IP.01) Retail is $34,800.
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