Audemars Piguet recently announced that the spearhead of its collections, the iconic Royal Oak ref reference. 15202ST will be replaced in 2022 by a new model to mark the 50th anniversary of Roayl Oak. It was announced by the CEO Francois Bennahmias during the 'AP Social Club' format, conversing with the Head of Complications Michael Friedman.
Born in 1972 at the hands of Gerlad Genta, four years before Patek Philippe's Nautilus, theRoyal Oak Ref. 5402 was a disruptive watch. It was not only the most expensive steel watch ever made, but a watch that defined a new genre, that of the luxury sports watch with integrated bracelet. The Audemars Piguet 15202 is the modern reference on whose shoulders rests the legacy of the first Royal and was presented in 2012, replacing the previous references 15202, exclusively boutique with the only blue dial to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Royal Oak, which is why it is just nicknamed "Anniversary".
The watch has retained a diameter of 39 mm and the legendary 2121 caliber of Jaeger Le Coultre derivation, but has been updated with small variations, such as the placement of the AP logo around 6 o'clock (just as it happened on the 5402) and the use of the given disc with a blue background in solidarity with the dial.
A few weeks ago our editor Andrea Frigerio, dedicated an in-depth analysis of the market price trend of 15202ST. In the face of this official announcement, given what happened in January for the Patek Philippe 5711, I am very afraid that the updated charts will show a dizzying increase in the prices of 'resellers'. To paraphrase a motto so dear to our stock market speculator friends: "To the moon."