The renowned Swiss watchmaker created its first Royal Oak Offshore with a Grande Complication movement, bringing together its famous contemporary design and the brand’s hundreds year old expertise of making high-end mechanisms. Audemars Piguet has produced just three pieces of this fabulous model which are going to be officially presented at the upcoming Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Titanium Grand Complication is a striking masculine timepiece with a characteristic, ultra-sporty construction that set the highest standards for all luxury watchmakers, some 20 years ago when the ROO Collection was born. Now, this powerful design is complemented by the brand’s technological masterpiece, Caliber 2885 self-winding chronograph movement that comes with four advanced features, including three classic complications – a minute repeater, a perpetual calendar and a moon-phase indicator.
In order to disclose the exceptional beauty of this mechanism, constructed of 648 components, Audemars Piguet created a transparent sapphire dial and a fitted exhibition case-back. Interpreted in the contemporary manner, classic mechanical components are manually finished with extraordinary care. Thus, you can enjoy hand-finished cut out parts (polished bevels, grained finishing on top and Matt “brouillé” finishing underneath) and bridges (curved polished bevels, satin brushed edges, Perlage on the recesses). Besides, there is 18-karat gold oscillating weight featuring a black coating and ceramic ball bearings. Featuring a column wheel chronograph that provides split-second measurements, this highly complicated mechanism oscillates with 19,800 beats per hour and provides 42 hours of power-reserve.
The newest Royal Oak Offshore has a brushed titanium case, with the diameter of 44mm, as well as a characteristic octagonal bezel crafted in a beautiful satin-brushed black ceramic bezel. The bold sporty look is rounded by a black rubber strap, with a titanium pin buckle. Although sceletonized, the dial is still pretty readable, thanks to luminous white sub-dials, white gold applied hour-markers andRoyal Oak hands, as well as a luminescent, light silver-toned inner bezel ring.
The perpetual calendar indicates day, date, month and leap year. Inside the day sub-dial at the 3 o’clock position, there is a chrono 30-minute counter. A small-second counter is incorporated inside the date sub-dial, while the nicely decorated moon-phase indicator at the 12 o’clock position also contains a week indicator. Two central second hands allow split-time counting. Finally, by the strike of gongs, the minute repeater indicates hours, quarters and minutes on demand.