Audemars Piguet Facelifts That the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 42mm, Plus a All-Platinum Limited Edition Eta Movement Replica Watches

Audemars Piguet Facelifts That the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 42mm, Plus a All-Platinum Limited Edition Eta Movement Replica Watches
April 03 06:53 2018 Print This Article

As we already start awaiting 2018’s SIHH novelties, we thought it high time to have a better look at a few of the season’s favorites, including the richly over-the-top 15202, left for the first time as a contemporary, non-limited reference completely from 18-carat yellow gold. It’s not just the all-gold case that lends the 15202 relevance though — there are a few other (albeit much more subtle) visual cues that set this particular reference aside, and might make it more desirable for collectors in the long run. Probably most obvious, is the simple time plus date-only dial configuration, completed by the ‘AP’ logo at 6:00, which pays direct homage to the original steel 5402 released in 1972. This aesthetic also tips its hat towards the yellow gold 5402BA Jumbo released five decades later — the first time Audemars Piguet White Watch Replica rendered the Jumbo inside this valuable metal.However, more noteworthy is the depth — the new 15202 measures a hair over 8mm, 0.2mm thicker than the original 5402, and the closest we have seen to those pioneering ultra-thin dimensions because the 40th Anniversary variations from 2012 — thus the ‘Extra Thin’ naming convention. This new-but-really-old profile, coupled with all the eminently wearable 39mm case size really feels like the sweet place for your Royal Oak, also has much to do with why this iconic design managed to develop into such a future-proof classic at the first place.The Jumbo Royal Oak in its classic arrangement is a wristwatch that historically, by all dimensions, should wear tremendously thin. However, this new reference is one that still manages to leap off the wrist, thanks to its strong yellow gold case, and light-gobbling “Petite Tapisserie” tonal champagne colored waffle dial. Those looking for a slightly more toned-down aesthetic nevertheless rendered within this precious metal will love the next of those 15202’s two brand new dial variations: a gorgeous blue, and this, given the spate of blue-on-bronze sports watches we’ve seen this year, is as much on-trend, as it is a bit less ostentatious.

Three years ago Audemars Piguet gave its bestselling sports chronograph a major overhaul with an in-house movement as well as ceramic buttons and crown. Now a quartet of new models unveiled at SIHH 2017 joins the second generation Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph line-up, including a heavyweight version with a platinum case and bracelet.

The basic models are in stainless steel, starting with the blue on black (ref. 26470ST.OO.A028CR.01). This has a black dial with dark blue chronograph registers, matched with a dark blue chapter ring and alligator strap.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 26470ST-OO-A028CR

The other steel model has a brown dial (ref. 26470ST.OO.A820CR.01) fitted with pink gold hands.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 26470ST

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 2017 steel

Then there’s the 18k yellow gold that has a blue dial and gilt sub-dials (ref. 26470BA.OO.1000BA.01) that’s anything but subtle. This is delivered on a matching 18k gold bracelet, but accompanied by a spare alligator strap and 18k gold pin buckle.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore pink gold and platinum

The top of the line version is the all-platinum (ref. 26470PT.OO.1000PT.01) that marks the return of the model to the catalogue after a hiatus of several years. Impractically but impressively heavy – it tips the scales at over a pound or half a kilo – the platinum Offshore is a limited edition of 50 pieces with a pale grey dial and black sub-dials. Like the yellow gold model, it’s accompanied by a spare alligator strap with a platinum pin buckle.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore platinum 26470PT 1

All four models share the same specs, with a 42mm case featuring a sapphire case back that reveals the calibre 3126/3840 inside.

Price and availability 

The new Offshore Chronographs are available from Audemars Piguet retailers and boutiques, with Swiss francs priced excluding taxes as follows.

Steel and black ref. 26470ST.OO.A028CR.01 – SFr23,500

Steel and brown ref. 26470ST.OO.A820CR.01 – SFr24,000

18k yellow gold ref. 26470BA.OO.1000BA.01 – SFr78,000

950 platinum ref. 26470PT.OO.1000PT.01 – SFr122,000


 

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