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    AP royal oak 15500 DLC. Nobody bought it?

    I really like the dlc version of this watch. ZF presented it at the end of 2020, but so far no one has opened a post about it.
    As I'm interested in buying it, I need your advice.
    I'd like to start talking about royal oak 15500 dlc here.
    If someone has already get it, they will be welcome if they want to post some pictures.

    It's available in all 4 royal oak dial colors: white, gray, blue and black. Personally, I prefer the black one on dlc version, but all 4 colors look really nice.
    Following photos are taken from the site of one of the TDs on the forum.
    What are, in your opinion, the most obvious tell?
    Observations, comments and considerations will be welcome




    #2
    The fashion police says no

    Sorry, but this is losing the whole beauty of the steel or gold bracelet with the outstanding brushing combined with the fine polished accents. Really not my cup of tea

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      #3
      Hi Tobel
      I respect your point of view. Last year I got a 15400ss white dial by Zf, and I fell in love with it.
      Your are right when you say that the outstanding brushing combined with the polished accents give a particular elegance to it, but I also like the form of this watch, its dimension and the right subtlety on its thickness.
      So, I was thinking about this all black version on which, I suppose, only bezel screws, indices and hands will shine in the bottom dark. This make me the idea of fantastic impact, but I not sure at all.

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        #4
        Plus all black version coming out of Le Locle are brushed. This plain surface looks just weird




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          #5
          Originally posted by Dragonfly35 View Post
          Hi Tobel
          I respect your point of view. Last year I got a 15400ss white dial by Zf, and I fell in love with it.
          Your are right when you say that the outstanding brushing combined with the polished accents give a particular elegance to it, but I also like the form of this watch, its dimension and the right subtlety on its thickness.
          So, I was thinking about this all black version on which, I suppose, only bezel screws, indices and hands will shine in the bottom dark. This make me the idea of fantastic impact, but I not sure at all.
          Of course mate, just kidding. If you like it you should just go for it. That's the beauty of reps. Buy it, try it and worst comes to worst if you don't like it anymore you can just resell it

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            #6
            The most obvious tell is that it’s a fantasy piece.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Swiss_goupil View Post
              Plus all black version coming out of Le Locle are brushed. This plain surface looks just weird




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              Fantastic watch seems to me

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                #8
                Originally posted by Roguetheory View Post
                The most obvious tell is that it’s a fantasy piece.
                Hi mate.
                So rep factories's design departement is more active than AP's one?


                I found an AP 15500 dlc on ch24. It seems to be a limited version called 15500 black Venom DLC PVD



                A strange thing is the rotor. In this version it seems the same on 15400 movement instead of 15500 one.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Dragonfly35 View Post

                  Hi mate.
                  So rep factories's design departement is more active than AP's one?


                  I found an AP 15500 dlc on ch24. It seems to be a limited version called 15500 black Venom DLC PVD


                  A strange thing is the rotor. In this version it seems the same on 15400 movement instead of 15500 one.
                  I can assure you that the picture showing the movement, shows an AP cal. 3120 movement and not a cal. 4302.
                  The company, having done a lot of 15400 DLC builds, must have put up the wrong picture.
                  The "all black" PVD or DLC + custom print on dial concepts + call it a fancy name + charge an atrocious premium have been done to death. I am not saying that the watches are not nice, but it is becoming a cliche of sorts for aftermarket modding houses, where the paradigm has not shifted from this same method of "aftermarket customization". But to each his own. If you like such a concept, there is nothing which should stop you from getting one. Just be aware that the DLC/PVD coatings will wear, and when they do, the watches will look like the equivalent of a half-plucked chicken.
                  Today is the Tomorrow you were worried about Yesterday.

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                    #10
                    Thank you legend for sharing your deep knowledge about AP products.
                    Originally posted by legend View Post
                    Just be aware that the DLC/PVD coatings will wear, and when they do, the watches will look like the equivalent of a half-plucked chicken.
                    This is my biggest concern about this model.
                    If I were sure that the coating has a certain resistance over time, I would take it immediately, but this aspect is holding me back.
                    From what I have read, this dlc coating is steam made and should have excellent scratch resistance, but will peel off over time. And, as you rightly say, it's not nice to have a bald hen at the cuff of your shirt ...
                    I have to reflect about this. In the meantime I will look for information about how long these dlc coating last

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Tobel View Post
                      The fashion police says no

                      Sorry, but this is losing the whole beauty of the steel or gold bracelet with the outstanding brushing combined with the fine polished accents. Really not my cup of tea
                      Funny enough, you mentioned fashion police, Karl Lagerfeld thought otherwise a few decades ago.

                      https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/ka...oyal-oak-black

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by philwongnz View Post
                        Funny enough, you mentioned fashion police, Karl Lagerfeld thought otherwise a few decades ago.

                        https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/ka...oyal-oak-black

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                        Nice to know.Thanks

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by philwongnz View Post
                          Funny enough, you mentioned fashion police, Karl Lagerfeld thought otherwise a few decades ago.

                          https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/ka...oyal-oak-black

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                          Ahaha that's funny indeed, thanks for sharing!

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Tobel View Post
                            The fashion police says no

                            Sorry, but this is losing the whole beauty of the steel or gold bracelet with the outstanding brushing combined with the fine polished accents. Really not my cup of tea
                            Actually, a black DLC AP 5402 was worn by Karl Lagerfeld, creative director for Chanel, for the better part of two decades. The fashion police says yes.


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                              #15
                              Originally posted by philwongnz View Post
                              Funny enough, you mentioned fashion police, Karl Lagerfeld thought otherwise a few decades ago.

                              https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/ka...oyal-oak-black

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                              Ah, you beat me to it.


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