Leading the trend of sports watches for decades, how does Audemars Piguet play new tricks?
As one of the series highly sought after by watch friends, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore has become a classic since its birth. This year, Audemars Piguet has successively launched 10 new Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs, 5 of which use an unprecedented 43 mm case size and are made of titanium, rose gold and stainless steel. Subsequently, five new 42mm-size Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs further enriched the choice of Royal Oak Offshore models, including three “reissue models” inspired by the first Royal Oak Offshore in 1993. “. In addition to the new 43 mm size, what are the other innovations and surprises of the 10 Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs? Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore As one of the series highly sought after by watch friends, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore has become a classic since its birth. This year, Audemars Piguet has successively launched 10 new Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs, 5 of which use an unprecedented 43 mm case size and are made of titanium, rose gold and stainless steel. Subsequently, five new 42mm-size Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs further enriched the choice of Royal Oak Offshore models, including three “reissue models” inspired by the first Royal Oak Offshore in 1993. “. In addition to the new 43 mm size, what are the other innovations and surprises of the 10 Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs?
Classics and breakthroughs never contradict
Since its launch in 1993, the Royal Oak Offshore has created a new era with a large case size ([email protected]年), an octagonal bezel, and multiple complications (chronograph, moon phase perpetual calendar, diving Watches, major complications), the application of a variety of new materials (rubber, titanium, forged carbon, ceramics), reconstructed the unique Audemars Piguet breakthrough, the first limit, the field of luxury sports watches. Many internationally renowned actors and athletes have quickly become loyal fans of the Royal Oak Offshore. We can often see this series on their wrists on the screen or in life.
Schwarzenegger, Djokovic, and LeBron James have all worn Audemars Piguet Royal Oak offshore watches.
Since its shocking debut in the fine watch industry in 1993, the Royal Oak Offshore has become a stage for Audemars Piguet to show extraordinary creativity. It has continuously introduced innovative materials and new case sizes, equipped with a variety of complex functions, and equipped with new colors. The dial has undergone many times. Update the design.
The first Audemars Piguet Royal Oak offshore model launched in 1993, 42 mm oversized case, octagonal bezel and hexagonal screw design, chronograph buttons and crown are wrapped in rubber.
The Royal Oak offshore watch designed by watch designer Emmanuel Gueit started in 1989. In addition to retaining the aesthetic design of the Royal Oak series of octagonal bezels and hexagonal screws, this series once again broke through the routine, in the small dial at that time Under the trend, boldly adopt the eye-catching oversized size.
Not only that, but with a large black washer visible on the outside under the bezel, a rubber-coated crown and chronograph buttons, and a stainless steel strap link with a beautiful curvature. Relying on the masculine and tough interpretation of the Royal Oak series, the first Royal Oak Offshore watch won the nickname “Beast” and set off a trend of oversized watches.
New interpretation of sports style 43mm provides more options
Among the five 43mm Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs launched this time, while retaining the original design features of the Royal Oak Offshore, Audemars Piguet has redesigned the case and dial to achieve the best aesthetics. Effects and ergonomic styling.
Several new products with a case diameter of 43 mm have an increase of 1 mm in diameter in the case size compared to the original watch, which deepens the original sporty style of the series. Different from the previous 42 and 44 mm models, due to the use of the new self-produced 4401 movement, the three time counters of the watch are located at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions of the dial. In addition, in the overall design and color of the watch, combined with Audemars Piguet’s classic smoky gradient elements and matching different materials, Audemars Piguet has launched rose gold, titanium and stainless steel materials for everyone to choose from. In addition, the AP reduced logo replaced the previous brand name and AP reduced logo design, making the overall design style of the dial more rugged and sporty.
Not only that, the new Royal Oak Offshore 43mm Chronograph is equipped with Audemars Piguet’s self-produced Calibre 4401 integrated chronograph movement. This chronograph movement with flyback function is equipped with a vertical clutch mechanism. This mechanism can ensure that the chronograph hands will not shake when the timing is started or stopped, which to a large extent guarantees the accurate timekeeping of the watch. In addition, the patented reset mechanism of the movement can ensure that the hands of each chronograph sub-dial are instantly reset to zero at the same time, bringing practical convenience to the wearer.
This Calibre 4401 movement is a self-winding movement, equipped with a 70-hour power reserve function, enough to meet the daily needs of the wearer. And the watch adopts a back through design, the wearer can also turn the watch over to appreciate the beauty of the watch movement. The movement exclusive black 22K rose gold oscillating weight, including Geneva pattern, brushed polishing, pearl dot pattern, etc., can be seen through the sapphire crystal glass back cover.
In addition, this new product has a great highlight: the Royal Oak Offshore 43mm Chronograph is equipped with a new independent strap replacement system. Different from the independent strap replacement system of other watches, Audemars Piguet’s replacement system is directly embedded in the buckle and case fixing buckle, and does not do a “hidden” action, but directly integrates with the aesthetic style of the case. . The operation of the strap changing system is convenient and simple, and the wearer can easily change the strap and buckle by simply clicking and releasing it. When the watch is worn on the wrist, the two-button system provides the best safety.
New interpretation of classic design 42 mm movement upgrade
This year, the brand also launched a 42mm new product tribute to the first Royal Oak Offshore series in 1993. Among them are three new Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs with a diameter of 42 mm, which are made of stainless steel, titanium and 18K rose gold.
Unlike the 43mm new product we mentioned earlier, the 42mm Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph is different in the design and layout of the dial. The dials of the three Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs are all engraved with “Petite Tapisserie” small plaid decoration, which is visually more elegant and restrained. In addition, the stainless steel models are designed with Audemars Piguet’s most classic iconic blue disc.
The other rose gold model is also equipped with a night-blue dial and a chronograph sub-dial decorated with rose gold tones, which cleverly echoes the color of the case. In addition, the dial of the titanium model is light gray, which is more eye-catching against the black chronograph sub-dial and the black inner bezel.
On the layout of the dial, these three 42mm diameter watches continue the chronograph sub-dial layout design of the first Royal Oak Offshore watch (but the positions of the hour chronograph and small seconds sub-dial are reversed). Distinguish from the 43 mm model we mentioned earlier.
The other two new Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs sold in Audemars Piguet boutiques are made of stainless steel and titanium, with a black ceramic crown and chronograph buttons. The light blue dial of the stainless steel model is decorated with the “Méga Tapisserie” oversized plaid, with a black chronograph subdial and a black inner bezel. In the color matching, the Arabic numerals on the sub-dial and the central chronograph second hand of the dial are orange, adding a touch of bright color. And the new design of AP logo.
The titanium model uses the “Méga Tapisserie” large checkered khaki dial and the same color inner bezel. The chronograph sub-dial is silver with black hour markers, Arabic numerals and chronograph hands. In terms of design, these two 42mm Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs are more youthful and sporty in style.
The new 42mm Royal Oak Offshore Series watches also use an independent strap replacement system. The integrated chronograph movement Calibre 4404 equipped with the watch is also equipped with a column wheel device and a flyback timing function to ensure that the chronograph hands will not shake when the timing is started or stopped. When the timing button is operated, the feel is smoother and smoother. It can also be seen from the back of the watch through the design that the rose gold oscillating weight of the movement is engraved with the word “AP” and has been hollowed out.
In the hundred years of watchmaking history, Audemars Piguet has created countless trends. Today, 10 new products are sold to the public with a brand new look. Whether it is from the perspective of design, material, or the quality of the movement, Audemars Piguet has presented more outstanding works to everyone.