Introducing the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 25th Anniversary Swiss Movement Replica Watches

Introducing the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 25th Anniversary Swiss Movement Replica Watches
April 03 06:50 2018 Print This Article

This is a watch that is known to many of you, perhaps it doesn’t require much of an analysis — but this is HODINKEE and you can think you’re gonna get one. The Royal Oak Chronograph is a watch which has thousands of fans all over the world, and a couple of detractors, too. The Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore families often appeal to quite different individuals, but I will get to this soon. In this review, I handle a mainstay in the AP lineup, and also an interesting piece of haute horology, though one without its in-house movement. I will have a look at just how this 41mm column-wheel, vertical clutch chronograph wears, and whether the matter of where the motion came out of is something worth noting in any way. That is your HODINKEE Week About The Wrist using all the Audemars Piguet Watch Company Replica Royal Oak Chronograph, and it’s one worth spending some time with.AP is really a distinctive watch manufacture. It’s one of the few worldwide haute horology brands that stays in the control of its founding family, with several members of their Audemars family sitting on its board. But, the ownership of AP isn’t necessarily the most interesting side of this 175 year-old manufacture — the question that matters is who purchases AP’s watches?

In a striking departure from the original design, Audemars Piguet just unveiled the Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph, in an aggressive restyling for the 25th anniversary of its iconic oversized sports watch. Excepting the Royal Oak Concept of 2002, the 25th anniversary Offshore is arguably the most radical reimagining of the octagonal design to date.

Slated to mark its birthday next year, the Royal Oak Offshore was introduced in 1993, itself a commemorative model meant to mark the 20th anniversary of the Royal Oak. Designed by a Emmanuel Gueit, now an independent designer whose greatest triumph was the Offshore, the watch was a beefed up, 42mm version of the slim, original Royal Oak, making it almost abnormally large for the era. While it was met with criticism from the industry – Royal Oak designer Gerald Genta reputedly disliked it – the Offshore grew to become one of the most influential watches in contemporary watchmaking, surpassing the Royal Oak in pop cultural significance.

In the early to mid 2000s the Offshore was arguably the hottest watch of the era, acquiring a cult status among celebrities and athletes, especially in the United States, with over 120 iterations and special limited editions, including versions dedicated to Jay-Z, Arnold Schwarzenegger and LeBron James.

AP Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph

The Offshore undergone slight tweaks over the years – once in 2006 and again in 2014 – but never to the extent undertaken with the new Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph. Slated for an official launch at SIHH 2018, it is both edgy and open-worked, gaining a menacing profile thanks to an entirely redesigned dial, movement and bezel.

While the complications and movement are based on an existing model (the refs. 26388PO & 26288OR), the anniversary model is defined by a new bezel. The famous octagonal bezel was slimmed down and hollowed out around the exposed screw heads (which are actually nuts as Royal Oak fans will know). In turn, the dial has been reduced to a series of eight skeletonised bridges that are secured by the eight nuts. Four of the largest bridges secure each of the twin barrels, as well as the tourbillon.

Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 3

AP Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 4

While the case has retained its signature style, subtle changes have given it a more athletic profile. The bevels on the flanks of the lugs are wider and more pronounced, for instance. It measures 45mm in diameter, and is available in both stainless steel and pink gold.

And as with the second generation Offshore chronograph, the crown and pushpieces are now in black ceramic instead of rubber-coated metal. On the steel model the pushpiece guards are titanium, while while the gold version they are in pink gold.

Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 2

While the cal. 2947 movement inside is new, it is a variant of the existing cal. 2933. It is hand-wound, with both an integrated column wheel chronograph and tourbillon regulator, as well as double barrels that offer a seven-day power reserve.

Price and Availability

Limited to 50 pieces each, Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph in stainless steel (ref. 26421ST.OO.A002CA.01) is priced at SFr275,000 and the pink gold (ref. 26421OR.OO.A002CA.01) at SFr310,000; prices exclude taxes.


 

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