Audemars Piguet Royal Oak’s Next ‘explosion’

This year, Audemars Piguet introduced the new Royal Oak 15500. As a replacement model for 15400, 15500 is a new generation of Royal Oak, and it is also destined to be the hottest and hottest watch of the year.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15500
 Since the release of Royal Oak 15500 at the beginning of the year, because 15500 is the latest model and has not yet entered the country in large numbers (in other words, it has not yet been fired), so in the past a period of time, 15500 has remained ‘smooth.’ A while back, I was lucky to run into a 15500 in advance. After getting the real table, I found that there is still a big difference between the real object and the picture. The effect of Royal Oak 15500 is much better than that seen in the picture. The improvement of 15500 compared to 15400 is very good on the real table, and you can feel the improvement compared to the old 15400. So I will briefly talk about the changes of the new generation Royal Oak 15500 and the market situation that may appear in the future.

Audemars Piguet’s new Royal Oak includes steel, gold and different color versions.
Let me briefly talk about the changes from 15500 to 15400.
 The difference between the new 15500 and the old 15400, I have written before, and here is a brief summary. The 15500 and 15400 are both 41 mm with no change in size. The main changes of the new 15500 are as follows:
 1. The calendar is at 3 o’clock, and the time mark is cancelled at 3 o’clock.
 2. The luminous time scale is thickened (the length is slightly shortened).
 3. The scale is changed from the top of the checkered pattern to the outermost edge of the dial.
 4. Cancel the words AUTOMATIC on the panel.
 The AP logo at 5 and 12 o’clock is larger, and the distance between the letters A and P is increased.
   6. The end of the second hand is thickened and hollowed out.
   7, replace the new 4302 automatic winding movement.

New 15500 (left) and old 15400 (right)
 These changes on the new Royal Oak 15500 are written in false, and the effect of wearing on the hands is tangible. After the new 15500 got started, my first feeling was that the size had become ‘larger’. We mentioned earlier that the new 15500 is 41 mm like the 15400, so why does the 15500 feel big? I think one is that the scale on the watch dial is moved to the outer edge of the dial, the other is that the 3 o’clock calendar of the watch is moved to the edge of the dial, and the third is that the time scale has become shorter. These changes have visually increased the size of the watch dial. Although the size of the case has not changed, the dial is ‘larger’, so it is significantly larger. The same example is like many IWC watches (such as Bo Tao, Portuguese meter, Portuguese 7), which are actually normal size, but the dial is large, the bezel is narrow, and it appears to be large.

The new 15500 has a good start, and it is inferior to the 15400.
 My second feeling is that the new Royal Oak 15500 has become ‘stronger’. I think the main reason is that the 15500 time scale and pointer have become thicker. The previous 15400 hands are relatively slender, the hours are closer to the center of the dial, and the watch looks slimmer. In addition to the sturdier hour markers on the new 15500, the thickness of the case has also increased (because of the replacement of a larger and thicker movement), which makes the watch stronger.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15500
 After getting started with the new Royal Oak 15500, I think it works well and really looks better than the pictures. After getting started, there is no feeling that 15500 is inferior to the previous 15400. The actual effect of 15500 is inferior to that of 15400.
Let’s talk about the new 4302 movement used by the 15500.
 When Audemars Piguet introduced the 3120 movement (that is, the movement used by 15400), because the movement was well polished and decorated, and the automatic top was very beautiful, it was known as the most beautiful automatic movement at the time. Audemars Piguet’s new Royal Oak 15500 uses a new 4302 automatic movement. As the new generation of automatic movement of Audemars Piguet, it must surpass the ‘most beautiful automatic movement’ 3120 in terms of beauty and performance. From the real watch movement of 15500, 4302 can completely surpass 3120. 4302 has the following upgrades:

Calibre 4302 used in the new Royal Oak 15500.
 1. The size of Audemars Piguet’s new 4302 movement has been increased to 32 mm, and the 3120 movement is larger than 26 mm.
 2. Audemars Piguet’s new 4302 movement has a swing frequency of 28800 times / hour, which is greater than the 3120 movement of 21600 times / hour.
 3. The power of Audemars Piguet’s new 4302 movement is increased to 70 hours, and the 3120 movement is greater than 60 hours.
 Among the above three changes, the movement size has become larger. The 32 mm caliber 4302 is housed in a 41 mm case of 15500, with a suitable size ratio. Before the 3120 movement was relatively small, it was housed in a 41mm case of 15400. The bottom of the movement seemed to be relatively small.

A new 4302 movement used by Audemars Piguet’s new Royal Oak 15500.
 In this year’s decoration, the circuit of the new 4302 movement is obviously different from the 3120. The 4302 movement has more independent plywood, which makes the circuit more complicated than the 3120. The upper plywood of the 4302 movement is decorated with Geneva stripes, and the splints are chamfered, and the decoration level is in line with Audemars Piguet’s positioning. At the same time, in order to show the movement, 4302 used a huge hollowed-out gold tudor. Compared with the previous gold torch engraved with the 3120 movement, the hollow gold torch of the 4302 has the same effect.
Finally, I want to talk about the market situation.
 Audemars Piguet is now one of the most popular watches in China (the other is Law and PP). The regular version of the steel shell Royal Oak has always been a hot spot for Audemars Piguet, and it has also maintained a strong market. The price of steel shell Royal Oak 15400 is 132,000. The actual value is above the public price. The blue dial of the new watch has the highest value, and the black and white gray is lower (depending on the year). The successor model 15500 now appears. As far as I know now, the situation of domestic specialty stores is also lining up and increasing prices. Because 15500 just launched this year, there have not been a large number of appearing on the market. The 15500 public price is 143,000. The first batch of 15500 that appears on the secondary market now has an actual value of 180,000 and is extremely rare. After this popular color like blue disk, the actual price may be higher.

The blue plate version of the new Royal Oak 15500 will be a hit in the future.
 Since the 15500 currently on the market is still very rare, at this stage, the old 15400 will still remain strong. But as the new 15500 gradually circulates on the market, the old 15400 year (guarantee card date) gradually gets older, and the value of 15400 will slowly decrease. Even if 15400 is replaced by 15500, the old model 15400 will still maintain a relatively strong stored value capacity because the steel shell imperial oak is too hot and the overall amount is small. By then, the unused 15400 and the good-looking used 15400 will not fall too much and will be relatively hard. The new 15500 is the main force.