Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet has added an exciting new limited edition to its acclaimed Royal Oak Offshore collection.
We all like to have something that’s rare (apart from a disease of course), something that stands out, that stands apart, that makes a mark in all the right ways. Limited-edition timepieces are just like that; to the casual observer they’re just great additions to your overall persona, but to watch lovers, these limited release models speak volumes about you, your style and your passions.
The newest addition to Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore collection is the perfect example. Limited to 100 pieces, the new selfwinding timepiece combines flying tourbillon with flyback chronograph in a brand new case diameter of 43 mm, paving the way for a new generation of redesigned Royal Oak Offshore models.
Although the striking new timepiece retains the essence of the Royal Oak Offshore’s original characteristics, its reimagined case has evolved to offer optimum ergonomics and aesthetics while the dial reveals the muscular architecture of the new movement hand-finished to the nines.
The Royal Oak Offshore limited edition is powered by a new aesthetic interpretation of the Manufacture’s selfwinding movement with flying tourbillon and flyback chronograph originally released in the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet collection. While the flyback function enables the recommencement of the chronograph without stopping or resetting it first, the flying tourbillon, making its rotation at 6 o’clock, compensates for the effect of gravity.
Adapted to the watch’s new diameter, the timepiece’s Calibre 2967 presents a more sportive aesthetics attuned to the collection’s identity. Redesigned, the architectural titanium bridges adorned with black PVD coating incorporate titanium inserts for a two-tone contrast. While the titanium bridges have been finished with satin-brushing and hand-polished angles, the inserts present an alternation of sandblasted and polished surfaces for more visual appeal.
In addition, the bridges’ external chamfers have been meticulously polished to remove the black PVD coating to further the contrast of colours and textures. The bridges also reveal part of the multi-layered movement’s two-tone components on both sides of the watch.
Similarly, the flying tourbillon cage showcases the rhodium-toned balance wheel pulsating within. In addition to uncovering part of the gear train, the sapphire caseback presents the collection’s openworked oscillating weight in 22-carat gold coated with black PVD.
With 65 hours of power reserve when not on the wrist and water resistance to 100 metres, the new timepiece features a titanium sapphire caseback finished with circular satin-brushing and engraved with “Royal Oak Offshore Limited Edition of 100 Pieces”.
Complemented with the Manufacture’s new interchangeable strap system, this high complication brings together efficiency and technical sophistication.
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