Pre-SIHH 2019: The many faces of Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore
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New year, new exciting releases from the ateliers of Audemars Piguet. With the upcoming Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie just around the corner on January 2019, we're excited to see what the year has to offer in terms of horological goodness. What can we expect? Lots of colour, especially blue. Sporty timepieces. Classic remakes.
Over at Audemars Piguet, the Swiss watchmaker continues to bolster its Royal Oak Offshore collection with new additions. The Offshore offshoot of the signature Royal Oak collection was first released in 1993, as a more virile and sportier addendum to the existing family. The Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph is not new, per se, and retains the same codes as the previous iterations: the mega-tapisserie dial, the three chronograph counters balanced by a date window at 3 o'clock, the screw-down crown and the baton numerals.
For 2019, Audemars Piguet has introduced three distinctive colours, blue, green and brown, paired with camouflage rubber straps. The irony is not lost on us, as there's nothing discreet about this particular camouflage strap - in fact, it's a striking alternative to the usual alligator and metallic bracelets.
The bezels are rendered in ceramic, a notoriously challenging material to work with. It's the first time that watchmaker has utilised brown ceramic; when paired with the rose gold case, the effect is surprisingly striking and, dare we say it, elegant. The Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronographs come in a hefty 4mm size, and are certainly not for wallflowers.