Audemars Piguet has launched a trio of new Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronographs. Each of these watches come with a black ceramic case that measures in at 44 mm. They also have the same style of dials with white sub-dials, as well as the Calibre 3126 / 3840 taking care of the movement.
The three different watches sport different colour schemes: blue, green and rose gold. The blue and green variants are very similar, with the color being the only difference. For the rose gold version, rose gold is used for the bezel and push-piece guards as opposed to ceramic.
The chunky-looking brushed ceramic bezels have polished and beveled edges, framing the Mega Tapisserie dial — it’s a variation of AP’s “tiled” guilloché dials with massive squares in relief, most often used on sportier iterations of the Royal Oak. All three dials have a reserved seat on the smoked dial bandwagon, a trend that has really taken over watch design in recent years. It helps lend the large, 44mm-wide package a more compact appearance. Sitting over the smoked periphery of the dial are large, nearly oversized Arabic numerals framed in pink gold.
The Royal Oak Offshore in all its ceramic-clad iterations displays world-class and class-leading surface treatments, decorations, and finishing techniques — and that’s true even if AP’s sterile computer renders of the watches don’t do well at showing off just how beautiful these pieces tend to be in person. Hold these in your hand and you’ll be blown away by just how well this manufacture handles different materials. The exterior, and the dial, for that matter, along with the Royal Oak status will have to counter-balance the average-at-best movement and the hefty price.
Inside the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph beats the Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Manufacture Calibre 3126/3840. Whereas the 3126 is indeed AP’s manufacture base caliber, its 3840 iteration incorporates a Dubois-Depraz module. Although beautifully finished and topped off with a stunning open-worked rotor, running at just 3 Hertz with a ho-hum power reserve of 50 hours, the 3126 is showing its age
The blue and green variants carry a price of US$34,900 while the rose gold is priced at US$42,900.
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