Audemars Piguet presents new Royal Oak Offshore references in 37 and 43 mm sizes and different materials in celebration of the creative synergies the brand has been cultivating with the music world for several years.
The five new models – two models in titanium, two in gemset 18-carat white gold and one in black ceramic – feature Tapisserie dials that bear the pattern of an equaliser (or VU meter) as found in recording studios. Each model is equipped with a selfwinding movement driving hours, minutes and seconds hands: the new Calibre 5909 for the 37 mm models and Calibre 4309 for the 43 mm variants.
Sound has always been at the heart of the watchmaking art, long before time could be read on a dial – for example thanks to bells striking the time. Audemars Piguet has constantly created bridges with the world of music, notably by playing a pioneering role in the development of chiming watches and its Royal Oak Offshore collection has seen the birth of numerous collaborations with various artists, drawing on their inspiration.
The new Royal Oak Offshore models celebrate this long-standing relationship with an eye-catching Tapisserie dial that reproduces the motifs of an equaliser, knurled-textured studs reminiscent of jack plugs and crown guards inspired by the fader on mixing consoles. Featuring a sapphire crystal curved along the 6 to 12 o’clock axis as well as enlarged bevels, these selfwinding hours, minutes and seconds models radiate a colourful, pop-style appearance.
The first two Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Music Edition models are made of titanium and available in 37 mm and 43 mm diameters, thus adapting to different wrist sizes. Both feature a blue dial that serves as a background for the printed coloured VU meter, creating a shimmering contrast. The dial is complemented by the AP monogram in polished white gold at 12 o’clock, as well as 18-carat white gold hour-markers and hands featuring a luminescent coating for optimum visibility, particularly in the darkness of concert halls.
This new line is completed by a 43 mm diameter model designed in black ceramic. Its monochrome aesthetic is contrasted by titanium elements: the studs recalling the jack pattern, the fader-inspired crown guards and the strap pin buckle.
In contrast to the understated nature of this timepiece, the equaliser composed of 10 different colours printed onto the Tapisserie motif lights up the dial and gives it a very contemporary look.
The titanium and sapphire caseback revealing the hand-finished movement is engraved with the words “Limited Edition of 250 Pieces”. This modern, high-contrast timepiece is complemented by an interchangeable black rubber strap that matches the tone of the case. Three additional rubber straps in turquoise, yellow and green allow for variations in style to suit the wearer’s mood.
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