It’s laborious to consider, however the Royal Oak Offshore is developing for its thirtieth birthday this 12 months. Introduced by Audemars Piguet in 1993 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Royal Oak in a bolder, extra virile format, the Royal Oak Offshore, aka The Beast, made an indelible impression on the crowds at Baselworld. Its muscular 42mm case bristling with textures and daring combos of supplies included an uncovered black rubber gasket between the case and the bezel. The most recent facelift passed off in 2021, leading to a extra ergonomic 43mm case, interchangeable straps and the incorporation of the model’s newest built-in flyback chronograph motion, calibre 4401. Wearing a good-looking John Participant Particular livery, this 43mm Royal Oak Offshore ref. 26420CE is available in a black ceramic case with putting 18k yellow gold accents.
Complying with the design upgrades of 2021, the 43mm black ceramic case options the redesigned pushers nestled inside matte yellow gold constructions that double up as crown guards to make sure the 100m water-resistance of the case. As AP factors out, every part of the black ceramic case wanted a posh manufacturing course of adopted by refined hand-finishing methods leading to polished chamfers and satin-brushed surfaces. Just like the 2021 editions, the bezel, the screw-lock crown, and the push-pieces are barely curved and the bezel, with its hallmark white gold screws, gently arcs from 6 to 12 o’clock to match the profile of the sapphire crystal.
Black & Gold
The black Mega Tapisserie sample on the dial additionally conforms to the facelift of 2021, as do the relocated chronograph sub-dials at 3 and 9 o’clock, the small seconds at 6 o’clock, the date window pushed nearer to the sting of the dial and utilized AP monogram at midday. Contrasting yellow gold hour markers with black lacquer and the yellow gold arms – which alight on the yellow gold minutes observe – add an expensive burst of color. With no Tremendous-LumiNova to focus on the features, the inscriptions on the tachymeter scale, contained in the sub-dials and the date are white.
Fitted with Audemars Piguet’s newest computerized chronograph calibre 4404, which base was first launched in Code 11.59 watches however adopted by the Royal Oak and Offshore traces, the development is built-in. It incorporates a column wheel and flyback performance. Seen by means of the sapphire caseback, the motion is adorned with elegant finishings.
The brand new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph 43mm 26420CE comes on a black alligator strap with golden stitching and an 18k yellow gold pin buckle. The studs, uniting the case with the strap, are additionally yellow gold for one more shot of luxurious. The strap has an interchangeable system, that means it may be simply switched, and the watch comes with an extra black rubber strap.
Availability & Value
The brand new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph 43mm Black Ceramic and Yellow Gold mannequin (reference 26420CE.OO.A127CR.01) can be priced at EUR 60,000 and is a part of the everlasting assortment. For extra info, please go to audemarspiguet.com.