The new 1:1 fake Audemars Piguet “Jumbo” Extra-Thin in 18k yellow gold (the 16204BA) brings another openworked model to the post-50th anniversary lineup after the announcement of the steel and rose gold releases last year. At $103,000, the delta between this new precious metal option and the perfect replica Audemars Piguet 16202XT isn’t that wide, but it’s still in a different stratosphere compared to the “basic” $35,000 16202 in stainless steel. This time, instead of high-tech materials science, you get a masterclass in skeletonization.
The case is the same 39mm by 8.1mm that make the Jumbo so wearable, but where the pink gold openworked cheap replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 16204OR from last year used a contrasting black satin bridge lattice for contrast on the lack of dial, the new 16204BA uses gold across the board on the bridges (except visible from the rear). All that gold makes it feel like a throwback to a vintage era.
Inside the Swiss made fake Audemars Piguet 16204BA is the self-winding extra-thin Caliber 7124, which was designed in parallel with the Caliber 7121 movement that powers the 16202XT and other 16202 releases we’ve seen thus far. After the demise of the 2121/20 movement that had been around in the Jumbo since 1967, it certainly was time for an upgrade. With 55 hours of power reserve, the 2121 will certainly prove to be a reliable improvement if they choose to use it for another 55 years. The finishing on the 7121 is nice – really great on the original high quality copy Auddemars Piguet 16202ST – but the open working on the Caliber 7124 is fantastic.
The placement of the bridges seems thoughtful, highlighting the working parts of the movement through a nice round architecture. And with the “50th” on the rotor gone – the font reminded me of branding for a NASCAR race – the aaa quality replica Audemars Piguet UK is a bit more refined.