The Royal Oak including a Cheap 41mm Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon Replica powered by a recent calibre developed for the brand’s Code 11.59 collection. The challenge for AP’s watchmakers and engineers was to accommodate a complication reserved for 41mm ROs inside the smaller 39mm Jumbo case.
Jumbo is the closest thing to an original stainless steel Royal Oak from Gérald Genta. The Royal Oak’s original 39mm stainless steel case was known as “giant” for its octagonal bezel, eight white gold screws and one-piece bracelet. You can read and watch our video about our warm reception of the new Audemars Piguet Jumbo Extra-Thin ref. 16202 Replica and ultra-thin skeleton, equipped with a new in-house movement, known on AP as Caliber 2121, after five decades of reliance on the JLC 920 ébauche.
Jumbo Case And Dial
Notably, the classic case specifications of the new Jumbo 16202 – 39mm in diameter, 8.1mm in height and 50m water resistance – are preserved in the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak RD#3 Replica. Granted, the case is slightly thicker than the 7mm original, but comes with a sapphire caseback. The stainless steel case and bracelet feature the signature satin brushed and shiny hand-polished finish.
Like its 1972 predecessor, the new Fully Iced Out Replica Jumbo Tourbillon 26670ST has a Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 Petite Tapisserie dial. However, the color is now obtained using a PVD process, ensuring a consistent and long-lasting tone across all dials. The luminous-coated white gold-applied bathtub-shaped hour-markers and hands pay homage to the original. The noon Audemars Piguet signature and minute scale are printed in white, and the flying tourbillon is placed at 6 o’clock.
In 2018, AP unveiled its RD#2 concept, a prototype for the Royal Oak Self-Winding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin watch with a 2.89mm movement, making it the thinnest automatic calendar watch in the world at the time, and featured at GPHG in 2019 Win the top prize.
In 2022, Cheap Audemars Piguet Replica presents its latest RD#3 watch, equipped with a new ultra-thin caliber 2968. Unlike previous RD concept watches, the RD#3 is not a concept watch and was released in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Royal Oak.
New Calibre 2968
The challenge of taking a tourbillon design previously reserved for 41mm watches and fitting it in a 39mm Jumbo case was addressed with a different solution. For manufacturing, the self-flying tourbillon had to be redesigned to reduce its thickness by repositioning specific components.
One of the solutions is to equip the titanium tourbillon cage with a peripheral driver. The Audemars Piguet Replica Watches combination of titanium alloy and peripheral drive means that the adjustment mechanism is lighter and the energy distribution is improved. Visibility is also a key issue; the flying tourbillon is placed at dial level, and the balance arm has been redesigned and positioned to see the beating heart of the watch.
The caseback reveals the openworked bridges and rotor of the automatic 2968 calibre. The movement is based on the new 7121 calibre fitted inside the automatic Jumbo 16202 with an extended power reserve and a ball-bearing mounted rotor.
Composed of 226 components, the movement measures 29.6mm across and has a height of just 3.4mm . In this case, the rotor is rhodium-toned 22k pink gold to match the tones of the stainless steel case and features polished and satin-brushed finishings. From 2023 on, the dedicated anniversary rotor will disappear.
Hand-decorated movement components add value to the Replica Watches For Sale with contemporary traits tirés on the mainplate and rhodium-toned openworked bridges, replacing the more traditional Côtes de Genève decoration. The movement beats at a frequency of 21,600vph and delivers a 50-hour power reserve.