In 2018, Audemars Piguet celebrated the 25th Royal Oak Offshore. On the occasion of the first anniversary of its pre-SIHH event in 1993, the Swiss watch manufacturer was pleased to present three new versions of the iconic sports: The reprinted original Royal Oak Offshore Automatic Chronograph, and the new Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph, with a modern dial design, a total of two versions.
Since the launch of the original Royal Oak Offshore watch in 1993, more than 120 reference materials for this 42 mm model have been introduced in various materials such as stainless steel, titanium, gold and platinum. This year, in addition to the redefinition of the original Royal Oak Offshore Watch, Audemars Piguet (Audemars Piguet) also launched a new special series, both stainless steel and 18 carat rose gold, each limited to 50 pieces.
Both models are inspired by the previous Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph (26388PO & 26288OR) and have been completely redesigned to be developed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore series. The crown and putter use a combination of materials commonly used on Royal Oak Offshore models, and are now made of ceramic instead of metal and rubber.
The brand new Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph also showcases a brand new dial, as a true contemporary architectural structure, showing the bold method that Audemars Piguet has been trying to convey through the aesthetics of its offshore collection, while always loyal to its DNA.
Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph is absolutely incredible. You look at it, at first glance, you don’t really understand what happened. You seem to be watching a deep wellhead. The movement is obviously suspended in a hollow wedge-shaped bracket that dominates the front of the watch. You think wow, that’s amazing, but for getting that sense of depth . Then, you read the specifications and find that it is only 11.6 mm thick. This is a deliberate illusion designed to create a sense of surprise and innovation.
Bezel screw under watch glass
A whole bunch of things are new and different. The eight screws on the bezel are still there. They are the original Royal Oak designed by Gérald Genta and the basic part of Royal Oak Offshore, but actually under the sapphire crystal. This allows more space on the top of the watch and a narrow opening between the minute scale and the black DVD scale ring.
Cantilever bridge architecture
The front structure of the dial is based on a cantilever bracket, which supports various parts of the movement. They are a bit like the Charles II bridge used by Christophe Claret in some of his watches, but here, they have a beveled hollow design and trapezoidal shape, which enhances the sense of depth. At 9 o’clock, two brackets hold the tourbillon balance. At 1 o’clock and 5 o’clock, each barrel has a bracket that provides a power reserve of 173 hours and 7 days. The tourbillon watch is an achievement in itself.
Detailed design adds modern style
At 3 o’clock, the other two supports support the counter for 30 minutes. In the center of the watch, there are the hour and minute hands and the chronograph second hand. The case is small and has a diameter of only 39.78 mm. Everything is designed for modernity, such as the black ceramic used for the buttons and crown, the black ring between the bezel and case, and the black rubber strap with pin buckle. The watch has two versions, rose gold or stainless steel.
Chronograph movement with column wheels and vertical clutch
The movement of the Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph is calibre 2947, visible through the sapphire caseback. You can see the various levers that operate the chronograph, as well as the column wheel at 6 o’clock and the wheel of the horizontal clutch in the middle right. There are two trapezoidal bridges, but here they are flat, in sharp contrast to the depth of the front of the watch. The sapphire case back is fixed by a ring with 8 screws to strengthen the position of the watch as a product of the Royal Oak series.
Stunning perspective illusion
If you compare this watch with other so-called concept watches of classic brands such as Vacheron Constantin and Patek Philippe, you will find how courageous Audemars Piguet is in watch design. It is not only a watch, but also a building. It really should have a name. It’s great to know who created this beautiful fantasy. However, despite the high degree of transparency of this watch, the Swiss watchmaking industry is not.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver’Funky Color Edition’ 2017 Manual Watch
At the 2017 SIHH, Swiss Audemars Piguet exemplified the colors-obviously, these are the focus of these versions of the popular Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver 15710ST. Although the product of this independent brand is novel, it is rich in color and is called “Funky Color Editions”. Therefore, the company may do something sensible this year because they continue to move forward in uncertain economic waters, where it may be considered unwise to invest R&D funds in brand new products. Although understanding this fact is necessary prudence, it is difficult to become a watch blogger because we have been eager to obtain the annual “novelty”. In this way, Audemars Piguet continues to remind himself and his colleagues that our desire for “Royal Oak Everything” is by no means a new feeling.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver may be Audemars Piguet I think next. I became interested in Royal Oak Offshore Diver when I first introduced it in 2010. Since then, Audemars Piguet has released a variety of cases, including various case materials such as steel, forged carbon and ceramics. In 2017, the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver watch was all made of stainless steel, but it had many bold visual styles, echoing other products already produced by the brand, and providing color themes that can be found in other new products. -2017 Audemars Piguet watches, such as the more expensive Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph Selfwinding Limited Edition.
Not all of these luxury copy watches are cheap, but if you want to choose a sports timepiece, it is mainly an electric green watch. Most people may prefer the more conservative side and choose the same watch in the “classic” color offered by Audemars Piguet. Once again, if you live a lifestyle and can wear one of these colorful Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Divers as a daily wear, then your power is even greater.
At SIHH 2016 last year, when Audemars Piguet launched the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver chronograph, they teased the idea of wearing a bright royal oak offshore diver. What I found interesting is that they only debuted the Royal Oak Offshore Diver chronograph in the wild colors of yellow, orange, blue and green (hands-on here)… and no model is considered more conservative. Of course, this is an interesting move. So far, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph has no choice but bold colors.
When I think about the article I recently wanted to see more or less in the watch industry, I was further inspired by Audemars Piguet and Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph and discussed my bolder colors for watches Hope for major brands. It seems that Audemars Piguet is full of my passion. This year, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver has five “vibrant” Funky Color Edition styles to choose from, including the dark blue reference number 15710ST.OO.A027CA.01 and the dark orange reference number 15710ST.OO.A070CA. 01 and 15710ST. Acid yellow OO.A051CA.01, lime green 15710ST.OO.A038CA.01 and white 15710ST.OO.A010CA.01.
Each model uses a precision 42 mm wide steel case with a water resistance of 300 meters. The iconic design element of the Royal Oak Offshore Diver is the internal rotating chronograph bezel, operated by the crown at 10 o’clock. It seems that the blue crown is coated with vulcanized rubber. Attached to the case is a premium Royal Oak Offshore tapered rubber strap to match the bold tone of the watch. Interestingly, blue is the common color in all these new models, and in order to provide a more “safe and conservative” choice, Audemars Piguet includes an additional blue strap in each watch. Models already included on the blue strap will have an additional yellow strap attached. When wearing a yellow strap, that 15710ST.OO.A027CA.01 may actually be the coolest model.
The dial is what you expect, except for the new color. Mega Tapisserie face is equipped with 18k white gold bold hour markers and very clear matching hands. The white and blue dials may make people look calmest for a long time, while the green, orange and yellow dials may cause “clumsy headaches”, keep this bold if you are in a bad mood Colors.
Inside the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver is the Audemars Piguet 3120 self-winding movement. Its operating frequency is 3 Hz (21,600 bph) and its power reserve is 60 hours. These cases have always been exquisitely decorated and decorated. Audemars Piguet perfect replica watches maintained a 300m waterproof performance, while providing a sapphire crystal glass case back to view the movement and engraved 22k gold rotor.
If you are a royal oak fan of Audemars Piguet and already have some conservative Audemars Piguet models in your collection, adding one of these Funky Color Editions may be what Audemars Piguet may want to do. The brand’s current strategy is clearly focused on the popularity of Royal Oak, part of which means selling more models to existing customers.