At the second edition of the Hong Kong "Watches and Wonders" fair this fall, Audemars Piguet will unveil the Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph. The Royal Oak Offshore was introduced in 1993, as a sportier, tougher alternative to the classic Genta-designed Royal Oak. Though the the Offshore was a massive (at the time) 42mm chronograph with the incorporation of rubber pushers and an iron-constructed inner cage, traits such as the octagonal case structure and integrated bracelet remained selfsame.
This variant of the Royal Oak Offshore is far from the norm. A chronograph comes standard, but a tourbillon? That's simply astounding. Both complications are powered by a Calibre 2897 self-winding mechanism, featuring a peripheral oscillating weight crafted from the finest platinum. The movement can be viewed through the somewhat skeletonized dial and an appeture at one o'clock.
The case is constructed of near-indestructible materials: a cermiac bezel, titanium/ceramic pushers, a forged carbon middle piece, and a rubber strap. The diameter is 44mm and the thickness is a hefty 14mm. The Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph is an examplary combination of intricate watchmaking and durable engineering at its best. Let's just say THE WATCH ADVISER would wear it anyday.
The price is $273,200. Please visit www.audemarspiguet.com for further information.