Audemars Piguet Introduces Facelifted Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 44mm, Including First-Ever Titanium Model Replica Watches Essentials

Audemars Piguet Introduces Facelifted Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 44mm, Including First-Ever Titanium Model Replica Watches Essentials
April 03 06:30 2018 Print This Article

What is left of the “dial” is essentially a satin-brushed, ruthenium-toned ring around the border and both anthracite sub-dials. There’s a rehaut printed with a second chapter ring too. In my experience, legibility isn’t the strongest suit to get a skeletonized watch, but that is less of an issue in the case of this watch. The usage of pink gold applied hour markers and pink golden baton-shaped hands, both filled with lume, should offer sufficient legibility in most light conditions. The “Audemars Piguet” logo is printed onto the surface of the sapphire crystal on the front, which gives it a pleasant floating effect.The sub-dials are simple with white printed text and white baton-shaped hands. The sub-dial in 3:00 indicates chronograph minutes and also the one at 9:00 shows constant seconds. One possible issue with legibility has to do with the chronograph seconds hand, which can be black with a lumed white tip. Between how thin the hand is and also the color, studying the chronograph elapsed time might be more cumbersome than individuals may like. It is not easy to say for certain until we get our hands on a physical case of the watch.I’ve left the situation and bracelet description to the last because these are some of the most recognizable aspects of the watch. This is the exact same Gerald Genta layout that’s popular among many collectors however with 44mm by 13.2mm case measurements. This is a somewhat large watch with a wide bezel on both the front and back. All the straight lines and sharp angles additionally give it a larger appearance. There will be the obvious visual differences in both substances but what I find more interesting is that ceramic is usually a light material with high tensile strength, while gold is a compact but soft substance. What this signifies is that the expertise of wearing each variant should be substantially different, and I personally find this intriguing.

Nicknamed the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph “Novelty”, the 44mm version of Audemars Piguet‘s octagonal sports chronograph was not the focus of the new Royal Oak models unveiled at SIHH 2017, but nonetheless got a facelift with new dials (while keeping everything else the same). More significantly, a new version in titanium was added – the lightweight alloy’s debut for the “Novelty”.

The Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 44mm in titanium (ref. 26400IO.OO.A004CA.01) features a contrasting black ceramic bezel, and paired with a dark grey dial as well as a grey rubber strap.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Novelty titanium 26400IO-1

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Novelty titanium 26400IO-2

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Novelty 26400IO

The facelifted Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph in pink gold (ref. 26401RO.OO.A002CA.02) now has a black dial with pink gold accents. The hands, hour markers, chapter ring as well as printed text are all in pink gold, giving the dial greater contrast compared to the earlier model, which was white on black.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Novelty 26401RO 2

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Novelty 26401RO 1

And the last of the trio is the “Novelty” in black ceramic (ref. 26405CE.OO.A002CA.02). Unlike the earlier version that had a black and silver colour scheme, the new ceramic chronograph has a black dial with pink gold accents, as well as a touch of dark blue. The hands, hour markers and dial text are pink gold, while the chronograph hands are tipped in dark blue.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Novelty 26405CE

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Novelty 26405CE-1

As before, the trio are all powered by the calibre 3126/3840, which is AP’s in-house automatic calibre topped with a chronograph module made by Dubois-Depraz.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Novelty 2017

 Price and availability 

The titanium model is priced at SFr27,500, while the black ceramic is SFr29,000. And the pink gold is SFr41,550.


 

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