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New AP 15500

Post by logan2z » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:31 am

Looks like the 15500 is replacing the 15400. The new watch uses the new calibre 4130 which is a little larger than the 3120 used in the 15400 and ups the power reserve by 10 hours - it also fattens up the case a little bit. AP removed 'Automatic' from the dial which seems to have left it a bit empty/unbalanced IMO. Other than that the watch appears to be unchanged. I didn't see prices listed so not sure if the new model comes along with a bigger price tag.

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AP has announced several other novelties as well, including a 15202 with salmon dial, a ROC with purple dial, and a pretty cool looking grey ceramic Offshore.

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I'm ignoring the whole Code 11.59 thing, it's pretty horrible.

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Re: New AP 15500

Post by rockmastermike » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:45 am

That Salmon dial is the bees knees and I like the new sizes for 3 handers and Chronos.

thank you for ignoring the 11.59

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Re: New AP 15500

Post by logan2z » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:47 am

I just noticed that the larger movement in the 15500 has pushed the date window right up against the dial edge. I think I prefer the partial marker and the date a bit further away from the edge of the dial on the 15400.

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Looks like the 'AP' logo and hour markers of the 15500 are on 'roids too.

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Re: New AP 15500

Post by dinexus » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:47 am

‘Cuz that CODE fallout ain’t gonna manage itself.


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Re: New AP 15500

Post by logan2z » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:57 am

Hodinkee is reporting that the 15500 is $19,200.

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Re: New AP 15500

Post by Joeprez » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:30 am

logan2z wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:31 am


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This is super hot! The color combo looks really good.
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Re: New AP 15500

Post by JP Chestnut » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:09 am

I’m not feeling that 15500, or the salmon Jumbo.

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Re: New AP 15500

Post by logan2z » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:32 am

JP Chestnut wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:09 am
I’m not feeling that 15500
+1 I think it's a big step backwards from the 15400.

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Re: New AP 15500

Post by JP Chestnut » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:35 am

logan2z wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:32 am
JP Chestnut wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:09 am
I’m not feeling that 15500
+1 I think it's a big step backwards from the 15400.
I’m sure people will buy it, but it looks like a cartoon knockoff of the 15400 (which I didn’t like as much as it’s predecessor).

This new one is going to wear big. It looks chunky and bold.

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Re: New AP 15500

Post by logan2z » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:50 am

JP Chestnut wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:35 am
This new one is going to wear big. It looks chunky and bold.
I suspect that was the goal - to add a bit of sportiness to a watch that has morphed into more of a dress watch.

To my mind the 15400 is much closer to the Jumbo in terms of aesthetics, but is sized for those who want something a bit larger. The 15500 seems to take the watch in a whole different direction.

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Re: New AP 15500

Post by JP Chestnut » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:53 am

logan2z wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:50 am
JP Chestnut wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:35 am
This new one is going to wear big. It looks chunky and bold.
I suspect that was the goal - to add a bit of sportiness to a watch that has morphed into more of a dress watch.

To my mind the 15400 is much closer to the Jumbo in terms of aesthetics, but is sized for those who want something a bit larger. The 15500 seems to take the watch in a whole different direction.
It reminds me of the Rolex Sub, five to six digit transition. It’s just “more” in every way.

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Re: New AP 15500

Post by logan2z » Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:02 am

Joeprez wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:30 am
logan2z wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:31 am


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This is super hot! The color combo looks really good.
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Now if they'd just use the new integrated chronograph movement and get the date out of the crater in the dial it would be even better - and probably priced even more exorbitantly :rolleyes:

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Re: New AP 15500

Post by logan2z » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:11 pm

Didn't want to start another AP thread, but there's also a new 42mm Ti ROO that uses the F. Piguet movement. No official pics on the AP web site yet for some reason, but it's starting to show up on some watch sites and IG.

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Re: New AP 15500

Post by BacoNoir » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:23 pm

JP Chestnut wrote:I’m not feeling that 15500, or the salmon Jumbo.
Yeah the date pushed out to the edge and lack of writing on the bottom of the dial throws off the balance for me. I’ll keep my 15400.
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Re: New AP 15500

Post by logan2z » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:27 pm

The side-by-side really drives home how different the 15400 and 15500 really are:

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Re: New AP 15500

Post by logan2z » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:30 pm

And the Royal Oak Chronograph is now available in a 38mm size.

https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/audem ... ntroducing

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Re: New AP 15500

Post by goaliechris » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:40 pm

logan2z wrote:
JP Chestnut wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:09 am
I’m not feeling that 15500
+1 I think it's a big step backwards from the 15400.
I agree. I’m okay with the logo design just could have been a little thinner. Date window sucks.


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Re: New AP 15500

Post by JP Chestnut » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:49 pm

logan2z wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:27 pm
The side-by-side really drives home how different the 15400 and 15500 really are:

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I’m sure it will be popular, but that new one is ugly.

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Re: New AP 15500

Post by logan2z » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:56 pm

AP Royal Oak Design Meeting, September 2014

AP CEO: Guys, I've had enough of all the bitching and moaning about the date position on the Royal Oak because of the relatively small movement size. So I'm giving you a $50M budget to design a brand new movement from scratch to use in a new version of the Royal Oak. We plan to debut it at SIHH 2019 so you better get to it.

AP Head of Design: Bro, great news! We're on it!

SIHH 2019, Pre-show reveal of the 15500 to watch journalists/collectors


AP CEO: Thank you all for coming. I'm proud to unveil our newest iteration of the iconic Royal Oak, the 15500, with a brand-new in-house movement that has taken 5 years of R&D and a significant financial investment to produce.

[Applause]

AP CEO: I'll take questions now. Yes, please go ahead:

Watch Journalist: Why is the date mashed up against the right side of the dial? It looks kinda weird.

AP CEO: FUCK!

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Re: New AP 15500

Post by mattjmcd » Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:14 pm

rockmastermike wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:45 am
That Salmon dial is the bees knees and I like the new sizes for 3 handers and Chronos.

thank you for ignoring the 11.59
Totally. That sh*t is pure fire.

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Re: New AP 15500

Post by CGSshorty » Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:24 pm

logan2z wrote:AP Royal Oak Design Meeting, September 2014

AP CEO: Guys, I've had enough of all the bitching and moaning about the date position on the Royal Oak because of the relatively small movement size. So I'm giving you a $50M budget to design a brand new movement from scratch to use in a new version of the Royal Oak. We plan to debut it at SIHH 2019 so you better get to it.

AP Head of Design: Bro, great news! We're on it!

SIHH 2019, Pre-show reveal of the 15500 to watch journalists/collectors


AP CEO: Thank you all for coming. I'm proud to unveil our newest iteration of the iconic Royal Oak, the 15500, with a brand-new in-house movement that has taken 5 hears of R&D and a significant financial investment to produce.

[Applause]

AP CEO: I'll take questions now. Yes, please go ahead:

Watch Journalist: Why is the date mashed up against the right side of the dial? It looks kinda weird.

AP CEO: FUCK!
That was my first though. I remember all the complaints about the small movement and date position.
I think the new one would have been fine if they left the Automatic text on the dial.
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Re: New AP 15500

Post by BacoNoir » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:21 pm

Just noticed the minute markers are shorter and wider than the 15400 too.
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Re: New AP 15500

Post by logan2z » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:53 pm

rockmastermike wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:45 am
That Salmon dial is the bees knees
Better hurry, they're apparently only making 75.

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Re: New AP 15500

Post by Joeprez » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:54 pm

logan2z wrote:
Joeprez wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:30 am
logan2z wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:31 am


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This is super hot! The color combo looks really good.
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Now if they'd just use the new integrated chronograph movement and get the date out of the crater in the dial it would be even better - and probably priced even more exorbitantly :rolleyes:
Agree, plus black date wheel (appears black to me at least). No date would look way better.


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Re: New AP 15500

Post by Joeprez » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:55 pm

logan2z wrote:The side-by-side really drives home how different the 15400 and 15500 really are:

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It really needs some text at 6... Looks very un balanced.


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