I nearly had a heart attack during my first hands-on session. The presenter was handing around watches, and while I tried to snap photos, I heard the words: “The steel Jumbo is discontinued.” I immediately started texting coworkers, preparing for a breaking news story. Well, thirty minutes later, my dream of owning a 16202 was (somewhat) revived when I found out that it wasn’t the 16202ST that got the boot, but the 16204ST – the “Jumbo” Openworked. Instead, we have the 16204BC (white gold) to match last year’s 16204BA (and yellow gold). A reminder: “Jumbo” is 39mm by 8.1mm, not the (paradoxically) larger 41mm. It’s all about historical models for the nickname, so 39mm is Jumbo – got it?
If you want more tourbillons, AP has you covered. The 41mm tourbillons in stainless steel and 18k pink gold join the existing lineup, with the red dial on the stainless steel model reminiscent of the Bulk Metallic Glass Jumbo. It was equally hard to photograph in short order, so I apologize. The pink gold model has a sandblasted grey dial similar to the titanium 41mm tourbillon already on the market. Both were lookers in person, but if I had a choice, I might stick with that titanium model or an RD#3 because both are more reserved. A man can dream.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin Openworked, Ref. 16204BC, 39mm diameter by 8.1mm thick white gold case, with 50m water resistance. Anthracite openworked movement, applied white gold hour markers, white gold Royal Oak hands; Hours and minutes. Selfwinding caliber 7124, running at 4Hz with 57 hours of power reserve. 18k white gold bracelet with AP folding clasp.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon, Ref. 26730ST (red dial steel) and 26730OR (pink gold); 41mm diameter by 10.6mm thick, with 50m water resistance. Smoked burgundy sunburst dial, white gold applied hour markers, and Royal Oak hands with luminous material; OR Sandblasted grey dial with ivory minute scale, pink gold applied hour markers, and Royal Oak hands with luminous material. Flying tourbillon, hours, minutes. Self-winding caliber 2950 movement running at 3Hz with 65 hours of power reserve. Steel or 18k pink gold bracelet with AP folding clasp (depending on the model).