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Celebrating 25 years of excellence with Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore

Geneva-based luxury watchmaker is delighted to present three new versions of the iconic sports watch of the Royal Oak Offshore collection ahead of the pre-SIHH event and Royal Oak’s 25th anniversary.

Nov 20, 2017 | By Andrea Sim

After 25 years of excellence in horology-making, Audemars Piguet is pleased again to reveal another three new Royal Oak Offshore watch editions ahead of its anniversary celebration in 2018.

The Royal Oak Offshore watch first launched in 1993 was one of the most successful model ever introduced at Baselworld. Tracing back history to the famous 1972 octagonal Royal Oak, it was made of stainless steel and that has set the trend for the future innovations of Royal Oak’s watch production.

Fast forward to today, Audemars Piguet have already produced more than 120 references of this 42 mm model launched in various materials such as stainless steel, titanium, gold and platinum. Next year will bring back new special series available in either stainless steel or 18-carat pink gold, limited to 50 pieces per version.

The re-edition of the original Royal Oak Offshore features a Self-winding Chronograph and a brand new Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph with a contemporary dial design available in two versions. These three models will also make appearance at the upcoming SIHH 2018.

These two models (26388PO & 26288OR) took cue from the previous Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph and redesigned entirely with a movement developed exclusively to honour the 25th anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore models.

Reference: 26237ST.OO.1000ST.01 is one of the latest releases, featuring a new combination of both materials on the crown and pushpieces that are now crafted in ceramic instead of metal and rubber.

The new Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph is presented in a stainless-steel case strapped with a stainless-steel bracelet to the AP folding clasp. The hours, date, minutes and small seconds make up a big part of the blue dial with a “Petite Tapisserie” pattern. The fine aesthetic of the dial is further outlined by the blue counters, white gold hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating and blue inner bezel. With glare-proof sapphire crystal, engraved with the “Royal Oak Offshore” logo in the centre of the case back, the side feature a blue rubber-clad push pieces and screw-locked crown and is water-resistant to 100 m.

MOVEMENT

Self-winding                                                Calibre 3126/3840
Total diameter                                            29.92 mm (13 ¼ lignes)
Total thickness                                           7.16 mm
Number of jewels                                      59
Number of parts                                        365
Minimal guaranteed power reserve       50h
Frequency of balance wheel (Hz)            3 Hz (=21,600 vibrations /h)

REFERENCE: 26421OR.OO.A002CA.01

This 18-carat pink gold case is fitted with a glare-proof sapphire crystal and caseback, featuring  an elegant pink gold bezel juxtapose against the black ceramic screw-locked crown and pushpieces and sandblasted pink gold pushpiece guards. On the black dial is the hour indicator in pink-gold with luminescent coating. Perhaps what’s outstanding on the bracelet is the 18-carat pink gold pin buckle and the Tourbillon chronograph has 30-minute counter, seconds counter, hours and minutes plus water-resistant to 100m.

MOVEMENT

Hand-wound                                              Calibre 2947
Total diameter                                           39.78 mm (17 ½ lignes)
Total thickness                                           11.60 mm
Number of jewels                                      30
Number of parts                                        353
Minimal guaranteed power reserve       173h
Frequency of balance wheel (Hz)            3 Hz (=21,600 vibrations /h)

REFERENCE: 26421ST.OO.A002CA.01

This model of the Tourbillon chronograph comes in stainless steel case and the glare-proof sapphire crystal and caseback. The Black dial has white gold hour-markers with luminescent coating contrasting with the stainless-steel bezel and 30-minute counter, seconds counter, hours and minutes functions. On the side of the case features the black ceramic screw-locked crown and pushpieces, sandblasted titanium pushpiece guards. The complete dial is attached to a black rubber strap with stainless steel pin buckle and is water-resistant to 100m

MOVEMENT

Hand-wound                                               Calibre 2947
Total diameter                                            39.78 mm (17 ½ lignes)
Total thickness                                           11.60 mm
Number of jewels                                       30
Number of parts                                         353
Minimal guaranteed power reserve          173h
Frequency of balance wheel (Hz)            3 Hz (=21,600 vibrations /h)

Since 1875, Audemars Piguet has been creating numerous Haute Horlogerie even in limited series that embody a remarkable degree of horological perfection. With some of the world firsts such as the daring sporty models, classic and traditional timepieces, splendid ladies’ jewellery-watches, as well as one-of-a-kind creations, the brand still is one of oldest fine watchmaking manufacturers at the helm of its founding families (Audemars and Piguet).

 

For more information about the new Royal Oak Offshore collection, please visit www.audemarspiguet.com.

 

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