Audemars Piguet Gives The People What They Didn’t Ask For
A quintet of new Royal Oak Offshores — and not a 42mm stainless steel model in sight.
While most watch collectors would be content with Audemars Piguet upping the production of their un-bedazzled stainless steel time-and-date Royal Oaks, the Swiss manufacture has—naturally—opted to give the people what they didn’t know they wanted.
The manufacture has expanded its Royal Oak Offshore line with a new Music Edition and four chronographs, each in 37mm case sizes.
The Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Music Edition is crafted from black ceramic and continues Audemars Piguet’s ode to music. Doing away with the date function, the timepiece takes on an understated aesthetic; save for the vibrant equaliser motif featuring on the black tapisserie dial. Building off the collection launched last year, the black ceramic construction lends the timepiece a sportier, more contemporary aesthetic than its siblings. Key details include titanium accents in the form of knurled studs, fader-inspired crown guards, and the pin buckle on the black rubber strap. Equipped with the calibre 5909, it promises a 60-hour power reserve in a slimmer form than its predecessor. The hand-finished detail is visible through the exhibition caseback, which is engraved with the words ‘Limited Edition of 250 Pieces’.
Catering for smaller wrists, albeit in a very gem-set manner, the Swiss manufacture continues to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore with four new chronographs. The 37mm newcomers feature bezels adorned with diamonds and coloured gemstones, executed in pink gold, yellow gold, and stainless steel. The quartet emulate the design aesthetic presented in 2021 on the 43mm chronographs. The dial houses a new ‘Lady Tapisserie’ motif (read: the truncated pyramids are marginally chunkier than on previous versions) and does away with the snailed zone previously found on 37mm models. Additionally, the usual ‘Audemars Piguet’ signature is foregone in favour of a redesigned AP monogram.
The two diamond set pieces come in stainless steel or rose gold; the former paired with a salmon dial and fitted with a light grey rubber strap while the latter sees a baby blue dial teamed with a beige rubber strap. Both diamond iterations feature a pin buckle.
Meanwhile, the baguette-cut coloured gemstone iterations are available in pink and yellow gold with a black and dark blue dial, respectively. The yellow gold version features a graduation of yellow, green, and gold, executed by pairing tsavorites with yellow and blue sapphires, while the rose gold timepiece employs rubies, tsavorites, tanzanites, amethysts, and sapphires to create a striking rainbow effect. Each version is presented on a rubber strap colour-matched with the dial that features an AP folding clasp.
The quartet of chronographs is powered by the calibre 2385 which includes small seconds, chronograph, and date functions and has a 40-hour power reserve.
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