Audemars Piguet has added a full palette of colors to its most sporty and robust model, the Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph, over the last few years. This year, the manufacture introduces a trio of new colorful references, in black ceramic cases, whose “Mega Tapisserie” dials feature a subtle variation from previous versions: new Arabic hour numerals in place of the traditional baton indexes.
The 44-mm cases of the three new timepieces are all in brushed black ceramic, with glareproof sapphire crystals in the front and back. For the iconic octagonal Royal Oak bezels, two of the models use colored ceramic, either smoked blue or smoked green; the same material, in the same color, is used for the chronograph push-pieces and the screw-locked crown, with the addition of titanium push-piece guards. The third model has a smoked gray dial and a bezel and push-piece guards made of 18k rose gold, while the push-pieces and the crown are in black ceramic.
The dials, all enhanced with the waffle-textured pattern that Audemars Piguet calls “Mega Tapisserie” all feature prominent applied Arabic numerals, made of either white gold or rose gold, at eight of the hour positions; rhodium-toned subdials for the small seconds and chronograph totalizers; a round date window at 3 o’clock; and luminous-coated hands in the classical Royal Oak style.
Inside the case, which is water-resistant to 100 meters, beats Audemars Piguet’s manufacture Caliber 3126/3840, a self-winding, chronograph-equipped movement with 59 jewels, a 21,600-vph (3 Hz) frequency, and a minimum 50-hour power reserve. Each of the new Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronographs comes on color-coordinated, textured rubber strap with pin buckles in either titanium or rose gold. Prices are $34,900 for the smoked blue and smoked green ceramic-bezel models, and $42,900 for the smoked gray, rose-gold-bezel model.
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|Manufacturer:||Audemars Piguet, Le Brassus, Switzerland|
|Reference number:||26405NR.OO.A002CA.01, 26405CE.OOA056CA.01, 26405CE.OO.A030CA.01|
|Functions:||Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph|
|Movement:||Audemars Piguet Caliber 3126/3840, automatic, 21,600 vph (3 Hz), minimum 50-hour power reserve, 59 jewels|
|Case:||Black ceramic case with screw-locked crown, colored ceramic or rose gold bezel, rose gold or titanium push-piece guards, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, water resistant to 100 meters|
|Bracelet and clasp:||Textured rubber strap with pin buckle in titanium or rose gold|
|Dimensions:||Diameter = 44 mm, height = 14.55 mm|
|Price:||$34,900 (ceramic), $42,900 (ceramic/rose gold)|