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May 29, 2021,16:13 PM

Today, I was thrilled at the opportunity to purchase a 15202OR at a boutique today - and it was truly another special experience with AP. I imagine that in the last year of production that it was truly a special and lucky opportunity that I could not pass up!

It's odd that I did pass on this model twice in its history - mostly because a) I thought the functions were too simple for my taste, and b) I couldn't pull off a full RG bracelet on the wrist. But I realise lately that there is some space in a collection for a simple complication in a luxurious metal - and this is clearly fitting the bill quite well. I had considered getting the new movement chronograph version, but part of me felt connected with this one that has passed me multiple times.

Some observations:
The dial is truly extraordinary - going from a denim blue to a shiny Royal blue under different lighting
The case and bracelet finishing is absolutely superb, definitely on a higher level than on my Patek 5712
The Extra Thin nature of the movement is quite special - allowing this to fit comfortably under a shirt sleeve, and also may help
prevent any hard random knocks on the wall
- The date set is horrendously old school - there is no quick set function and with a smallish crown you spend some time turning past midnight multiple weeks to get the date right
- The price - while certainly the secondary market is another thing, out the door this watch is priced not so far from the new movement chronograph versions in RG, which have more gold and more movement!

Anyway, this is definitely a lifer watch for me. I even committed a little more by getting the matching cuff links.


P.S. It seems a bit serendipitous that Horology75, whom I've replicated with watch shoe shots was showing the same model a few days ago and et voila! You are my lucky charm Horology75! (may you get a Ceramic Skeleton soon).

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Many thanks!

 By: pfang56 : May 29th, 2021-21:26
Cheers, Peter

Love it!

 By: Ted-Lo : May 29th, 2021-17:04

Me too!

 By: pfang56 : May 29th, 2021-21:27
And strangely there is a natural attraction to this shade of RG... Cheers, Peter

Thanks for the feedback...

 By: pfang56 : May 29th, 2021-21:29
There is a nice combo between rose gold and blue dials - and AP and Patek have definitely found ways to maximize them. I am wondering if Rolex will too? The lack of quick date makes this much more painful to set than a perpetual calendar. Looks like this ... 

Congratulations you are among the lucky but deserving few.

 By: Bill : May 29th, 2021-18:18
Such a beautiful and elegant watch. Enjoy

That is a kind comment!

 By: pfang56 : May 29th, 2021-21:31
I’m sure there are many other passionate collectors who are more deserving than me. Sometimes luck and a little pressure on the AD makes some difference - but now the hunt is for the next piece! Cheers Peter

Wonderful, congratulations!

 By: MichaelC : May 29th, 2021-19:02
I'm afraid an all colored gold bracelet is a frontier I will never cross. But that watch on a honey brown strap would be killer for me. Enjoy it!

I was forever in the same boat with you on the bracelet...

 By: pfang56 : May 29th, 2021-21:35
Yet there is something so elegant and perfectly engineered that lured me into an AP model with a full RG bracelet. I don’t think I could pull off Rolex ever, and Patek maybe marginal (as there are polished middle links) but this one is AP brushed to a deg... 

For sure, if I ever get there, it would be a Royal Oak bracelet.

 By: MichaelC : May 29th, 2021-22:35
Much less flashy than most others.

Thank you!!

 By: pfang56 : May 29th, 2021-21:36
Cheers, Peter

Thanks much!!

 By: pfang56 : May 30th, 2021-06:15

Agree...I think the cuff links were a total impulse buy...

 By: pfang56 : May 30th, 2021-06:20
I’m not a person who wears a lot of formal dress shirts with cuff links. And given today’s environment with simplified Zoom friendly clothing being the norm, I probably will need to find the right venue to go for this combination. Oh well, there are more ... 

Wow! Wow! 🤩

 By: Horology75 : May 31st, 2021-19:32
Congratulations on a great addition and the cufflinks do the justice . You’ll love it and after a while the colour becomes reddish and patina develops on the metal making it less shiny ; which you’ll love . Ideal to wear with jeans and formals fo... 


 By: pfang56 : June 1st, 2021-06:06
Totally appreciate the words...and the inspiration and motivation! I'm thoroughly enjoying the collecting journey with you and many members of this forum! Looking forward to your next purchase Cheers Peter

The first time getting matching jewelry...

 By: pfang56 : June 6th, 2021-07:10
I once made fun of my wife about how if she buys one ring, then likely I will see the matching bracelet, the matching earrings, and then finally the matching necklace in a short period. I've seen few jewellers do a great job with all (and mix with proper ...