Published on August 26th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph In Carbon Composite
This limited edition watch is a collector’s piece. But not for the sort of collector who keeps his watches behind glass. This watch has been designed for challenges and fresh horizons. It is destined for the wrist of a man who accepts no limits but those he sets for himself.
1972, the Royal Oak (RO) is introduced. 1993, the Royal Oak Offshore (ROO) is born, followed by its many variants and limited editions which eventually gained a bit of a cult following with AP fans. 2010, an even more dramatic interpretation of the ROO appeared in the form of the first Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph, featuring a hand-wound movement and a case incorporating forged carbon and ceramic.
Today, the latest AP ROO Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph is back in forged carbon with the automatic mechanical AP caliber 2897 . The inner tachy scale is a sapphire ring is new, as is the open movement architecture at 1 o’clock, exposed through the “Méga Tapisserie” dial; the chrono subs at 3 and 9 do look a bit small, or is it just me. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph 44mm x 14mm forged carbon case, black ceramic bezel/crown/pushers, titanium pushpiece guards, automatic mechanical AP caliber 2897 (tourbillon, column-wheel chronograph, 3Hz/21,600vph, platinum rotor),on black rubber strap with titanium pin buckle black dial with “Méga Tapisserie” pattern, black counters, gold applied hour-markers and gold Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating; sapphire inner ring hours and minutes / small seconds (9 o’clock) / central chronograph seconds hand, 30-minute counter (3 o’clock). Finishing: all parts finely hand decorated; bridges and mainplate rhodiumed, circular-grained, beadblasted and hand-drawn with file strokes; polished angles, bevelled screw rims and slots, Peripheral oscillating weight in circular satin-brushed 950 platinum. Price at around USD290,000.00 this is a real collectors edition.