When the renowned Swiss watchmaker launched the first reinterpretation of its iconic Royal Oak watches, the new Offshore model was considered as the unconventional timepiece with unusually large case and materials. Today, the diameters of 42 and 44 mm are not surprising anymore, when it comes to sport watches, but a distinctive design code and the use of high-tech materials, such as forged carbon, ceramic and Grade 5 Titanium still keeps the Royal Oak Offshore Collection high above others. Along with their extreme toughness and scratch resistance, these materials make watches incredibly light.
Great versatility of the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph is even more increased with the use of stainless steel and pink gold. Each material makes the significant aesthetic turn, providing a number of options of the same design. Let me just mark the amazing 26400AU.OO.A002CA.01 version of the ROO Chronograph with the case crafted in forged carbon, the brand’s exclusive material. Its bezel, a crown and push-pieces are made of black ceramic, while push-piece guards, fastening studs and a pin buckle come in titanium.
If you look for a more luxury watch, there is the 26400RO.OO.A002CA.01 version that features a case, push-piece guards, fastening studs and a pin buckle crafted in 18 karat pink gold, while its bezel, a crown and push-pieces are made of black ceramic. A sporty, black rubber strap seems like the perfect match for each variation.
The “Méga Tapiserie” pattern of a striking dial is the signature of the collection. It is either black or silver and comes in various combinations with black or silvered counters. The dials of new Royal Oak Offshore models got the certain spaciousness by incorporating applied hour markers, instead of numerals. Beside increased readability, new timepieces look more elegant. Hour markers and hands are coated with a luminescent material. Three chrono sub-dials are also nicely legible, as well as the date indicator which is visible through the magnifying glass at the 3 o’clock position. Furthermore, the inner bezel is inscribed with the tachymeter scale, implying on the racing spirit of the watch.
Inside the case, there is a new AP manufacture Calibre 3126/3840 self-winding chronograph movement with an engraved 22 karat gold rotor, which is visible through the sapphire crystal case-back. This nicely decorated mechanism incorporates a variable-inertia balance with eight inertia-blocks and a flat balance-spring. It also features a circular-grained mainplate and bridges which are rhodiumed, bevelled, snailed and adorned with CÃ´tes de Genève. The Calibre 3126/3840 comprises 365 parts and 59 jewels and provides the power-reserve of 60 hours.