Wednesday, October 28

New: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph in black ceramic case

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Audemars Piguet releases 3 new versions of the Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph in black ceramic case, black dial and a textured rubber strap.

Press Release with commentary in italics.

Audemars Piguet now offers its Royal Oak Offshore collection with a choice of smoked blue, green or grey dials, each incorporating the Manufacture’s “Mega Tapisserie” pattern and new Arabic numerals which supplant the customary applied hour-markers.

Both the blue and green dial options feature a 44 mm ceramic case with matching ceramic bezel, pushpieces and screw-locked crown. The pushpiece guards are executed in titanium.

The third version features a smoked grey dial combined with an 18-carat pink gold bezel and pushpiece guards. The case, pushpieces and screw-locked crown are made of black ceramic.

Housed within each model’s contemporary case is the Manufacture Calibre 3126/3840, harnessing traditional craftsmanship and watchmaking expertise. This selfwinding movement is comprised of 365 components and will run autonomously for at least 50 hours.

The new Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph is presented on a colour co-ordinated textured rubber strap, ideally suited to an active lifestyle.

These latest models will be sold exclusively in Audemars Piguet’s boutiques throughout the world.

Audemars Piguet continues to enhance and consolidate their strength in the Royal Oak Offshore department with this new showing of the Chronograph in 44mm with ceramic case. The colour options are very beautiful in the press photographs we received. As usual, we received the large format TIFF files which are much more detailed than what we show here, which is a reduced size jpeg. From the exif data, we know the photographs were made with the Phase One XF IQ4 100Mp camera, probably with the Schneider Kreuznach 120mm Macro (lens data not encoded).

The pricing seems rather reasonable, and remains the same as the current ROO Chronograph in ceramic case – smoked grey dial with blue accents (REF. #26405CG.OO.A004CA.01)m abs a small premium over the titanium cased REF. #26400IO.OO.A004CA.01 or the SS limited edition camouflage versions. We look forward to viewing the novelties in person and the opportunity to photograph them to report back to you.

Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph // 44 mm Specifications

Blue: 26405CE.OO.A030CA.01 / Green 26405CE.OO.A056CA.01 / Grey Pink gold 26405NR.OO.A002CA.01

FUNCTIONS
Chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds and date.

CASE
Black ceramic case, glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback, blue / green ceramic bezel / 18k pink gold bezel, pushpieces and screw-locked crown, titanium pushpiece guards, water-resistant to 100 m.

DIAL
Smoked blue / Smoked green / Smoked grey dial with “Mega Tapisserie” pattern, rhodium-toned counters, black inner bezel, white gold Arabic numerals and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

STRAP
Blue / Green / Grey textured rubber strap, titanium pin buckle.

MOVEMENT SPECIFICATIONS
Selfwinding Manufacture Calibre 3126/3840
Total diameter 29.92 mm (13¼ lignes)
Total thickness 7.16 mm
Number of jewels 59
Number of parts 365
Minimum guaranteed power reserve 50 hours
Frequency of balance wheel 3Hz (21,600 vph)

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