|Quick specs Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 25th Anniversary
Price: CHF 275’000 (steel) | CHF 310’000 (gold)
Size: 45 mm
Reference: 26421ST.OO.A002CA.01 (Steel) | 26421OR.OO.A002CA.01 (Gold)
2018 will be the 25th anniversary of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore. To honor the occasion Audemars Piguet launches three new editions. An updated Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph and two completely new anniversary models: the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 25th Anniversary.
And well, it is modern and definitely completely new. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But maybe this is too overdone. Sure, it is aggressive and bold, just like the first Royal Oak Offshore was received, but this is just a designer gone wild. People nicknamed the first Royal Oak “The Beast”, any suggestions for this one?
Of course, the Offshore DNA can be seen in the architectural new bezel. Still octagonal, but together with the futuristic skeletonized black dial, much of it has been cut away to show of the all new AP 2947 hand-wound movement. Specially designed bridges support the two larger barrels which deliver 173 hours power reserve and the tourbillon at 9 o’clock.
Both versions of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 25th Anniversary are limited to 50 pieces
The Royal Oak Offshore has become a moneymaker for AP with over 120 references launched since its inception in 1993. A divisive watch amongst watch lovers. Even the designer of the original Royal Oak was apparently not a big fan, but it has nevertheless become a big success for the Swiss brand.
If the design of the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 25th Anniversary is here to stay, remains to be seen. But as a conversation piece it works brilliantly. And it is a thousand times better than just slapping a new dial on it with some horrendous color scheme and calling it your ‘25th’.
The Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 25th Anniversary comes on a black rubber strap and both the steel and 18-carat pink gold versions are limited to 50 pieces. Pricing will be announced soon.
technical data Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 25th Anniversary
26421ST.OO.A002CA.01 (Steel, limited to 50 pieces) | 26421OR.OO.A002CA.01 (18-carat Pink gold, limited to 50 pieces)
Audemars Piguet 2947 | Hand-wound | Diameter: 39.78 mm / 17½ lignes | Thickness: 11.60 mm | Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz) | Jewels: 30 | Parts: 353 | Double barrel | Tourbillon | Hours, minutes, seconds, 30-second counter, chronograph | Power-reserve: 173 hours (guaranteed minimum)
|Case & dial:
45 mm | Stainless steel or 18-carat pink gold | Glare-proofed sapphire crystal | Glare-proofed sapphire crystal case back | Stainless steel or pink gold bezel | Black ceramic screw-locked crown | Black skeletonized dial | White or pink gold hour-markers with luminescent coating | Water-resistance: 10 ATM / 10 bar / 100 meters / 330 feet
Black rubber | Stainless steel or 18-carat pink gold buckle
|Price Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 25th Anniversary:
CHF 275’000 (steel) | CHF 310’000 (gold)