Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ref. 5402 ‘jumbo’ in yellow gold with champagne dial
I’ve been obsessed with this watch for years. I’m not exaggerating.
It’s been my iPhone lock screen since 2013 and has survived two phone upgrades. Get me started and I literally cannot shut up about how much I love this watch.
Our editorial director Wei Koh has the version in yellow gold with an anthracite dial, an incredibly attractive watch, but for me it’s all about the champagne dial.
It’s this version that—as kids say nowadays—makes me thirst (many waters cannot quench it; neither can the floods drown it). There’s just something about how this watch perfectly balances opposing forces.
Slim in stature, yet commanding in presence. Angular silhouette but round dial. Straightforward functions, unusual beat rate (love this movement, by the way).
Power and geometry. An all-gold interpretation of the first steel watch to cost more than a gold watch. I don’t usually desire watches that I can’t wear (it’s far too large on my wrist despite its stated 39mm diameter, due to how the bracelet is attached), but you know, there are exceptions to every rule.