Thanks Dino. I often think it's a shame that I now work in a more casual work place because many of my watches pair better with tailored clothing.
When did they discontinue my RO? It's still up on the website. At least AP don't cycle through models as quickly as Patek! I'm always surprised at how readily the latter change their catalogue range, swapping out even relatively popular models.
I was at an AP Trunk show this past weekend, and I met AP's retail director, Jasmine Bapic. She is very lovely. They had several novelty pieces from SIHH, in addition to their current models. She informed me that now they were only producing the Jumbo, or Jumbo variations in 39 mm cases, and that the RO Dual Time and RO Day-Date were out of production. However, Jasmine said they still have some available in their stock, but once the stock is gone it is gone. They had a blue dial RO Dual Time in the boutique (price had gone up from what I recalled it was now $22K USD), and it was quite handsome. On some level she seemed to suggest AP wanted to move away from watches where they do not produce the movement themselves, as she said something to the effect that those watches used movements from outside AP (although that never bothered me). As you know the Dual Time and Day-Date both use JLC based movements. The ultra thin Cal 2120/2121 was developed by JLC, but AP owns the rights to it, and AP produces it itself in house. It made me wonder if they will change the 41mm ROC movement as that is still based on the F.Piguet 1185. I did try on the blue dial Dual Time and thought it was really handsome. Both its case and bracelet are thicker than that of the Jumbo, so it has a different feel, even though both are 39mm. I think if I traveled more I might give the Dual Time more serious consideration while there are new ones still available.
PS... I just checked the website this morning and the RO Day-Date is also still listed as part their collection.
Edited by Dino944 - 4/14/14 at 8:38am