While Audemars Piguet Watches Royal Oak Replica has received quite a bit of flak in the past for what some collectors perceive as milking the Royal Oak fame a bit too much, I think the choice available within the range is a superb thing. Not everyone can afford a tourbillon chronograph, and not everybody wants only a time-only watch. At least the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak collection provides both as well as many other choices, with broadly similar aesthetics. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked Material Good watch includes a bracelet of the identical substance as the case and an additional alligator leather strap. It is accessible at Audemars Piguet boutiques as well as the Material Good store in NY for $297,000 for its pink variation and $261,000 for the titanium model. Audemars Piguet has been creating some of the most technically interesting watches in their Royal Oak Concept collection for the past couple of years. Last year, they showed off the Royal Oak Concept Laptimer, an exceptionally complicated chronograph with three column wheels which could measure consecutive lap times. And earlier this season, they introduced the equally complex Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie Tourbillon Chronograph watch, a second repeater exemplifying Audemars Piguet’s obsession with all audio clarity and quality.Of program, it would be cruel to show you pictures and tell you about this watch’s amazing noise without a video to let you hear it, so do play the movie above to listen to it for yourself. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie Tourbillon Chronograph watch is a piece that took Audemars Piguet eight long years to develop, and the aim was to create the ultimate striking watch. The second repeater complication is frequently regarded among the toughest and… well, complicated to create – so imagine how difficult it is to create one from scratch. The next issue to remember is that Audemars Piguet did not only want to produce a new moment repeater watch, they wanted to create one that would be the best.
Last year Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph in luminescent colours – that same colour palette has now been applied to the time-only Royal Oak Offshore Diver.
One of a dozen new Royal Oak models to be unveiled at SIHH 2017 tomorrow, the Royal Oak Offshore Diver “Funky Colour” is available in five different colours: white, blue, yellow, orange and green. Each dial colour has dark blue accents to match.
The dials are decorated with the chequerboard Méga Tapisserie guilloche that’s standard for the Royal Oak Offshore.
Colours aside the new Offshore Diver is identical to the previous models. The steel case is 42mm in diameter and rated to 300m, with the crown at 10 o’clock to rotate the inner elapsed time bezel around the dial. And it’s powered by the calibre 3120, AP’s in-house automatic movement.
The Offshore Diver “Funky Colour” is delivered with two rubber straps, one to match the dial colour, and another in dark blue.
AP has yet to reveal pricing and availability, but with the earlier versions of the same retailing for US$19,000, expect this to be similarly priced.
Individual model references are as follows:
Blue – ref. 15710ST.OO.A027CA.01
White – ref. 15710ST.OO.A010CA.01
Yellow – ref. 15710ST.OO.A051CA.01
Orange – ref. 15710ST.OO.A070CA.01
Green – ref.15710ST.OO.A038CA.01