It’s amazing how much a watch brand can turn itself around within two years. I remember how hard it was to sell Audemars Piguet two years ago when the market was saturated and discounts were really deep! Today the brand has tight control over their pricing, product, distribution and exclusivity, which makes it uphold the integrity of the brand and retain its value better in the long run.
From September 30h to October 2nd 2014, AP will be officially launching the NEW Royal Oak Offshore self-winding Tourbillon Chronograph with a peripheral oscillating weight visible through the dial at the e Watches & Wonders fair in Hong Kong. Much like the SIHH watch fair in Geneva Switzerland that takes place every year in January, The Watches & Wonders fair does the same for Asia. This is only the second year for the event, but has the best brands participating. To find out more, click here
This watch is a limited edition of 50 pieces. In 2010, AP released the first Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph featuring a hand-wound movement and a case incorporating forged carbon and ceramic. Fast forward ahead now in 2014, AP does it again but with a NEW automatic caliber, the 2897.
The The case is 44 mm and made out of forged carbon It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal, a sapphire display back with Royal Oak Offshore engraving. The bezel, crown and push pieces are black ceramic and have titanium guards.
The movement is the Swiss automatic Audemars Piguet in-house caliber 2897, a tourbillon with column-wheel chronograph. It has 34 jewels, 21,600 vph and a power reserve of 65 hours. It features a variable-inertia balance wheel with screws and balance-spring with Phillips terminal curve. The tourbillon has a blackened titanium bridge.
All parts are finely hand decorated; bridges and mainplate rhodiumed, circular-grained, beadblasted and hand-drawn with file strokes; polished angles, bevelled screw rims and slots. The rotor is platinum and is mounted on ball bearings. The Functions of this watch include: hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock, chronograph with central sweep-seconds hand, 30-minute counter (at 3 o’clock).
The dial is black with Méga Tapisserie pattern, black counters, gold applied hour-markers and gold Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. The inner ring is sapphire. Finally, the watch is fitted on a black rubber strap with titanium buckle.
TECHNICAL Specs of the ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE SELFWINDING TOURBILLON CHRONOGRAPH
Limited Edition of 50
Selfwinding Calibre 2897with tourbillon and column-wheel chronograph
Total diameter : 35mm (15½ lignes)
Total thickness : 8.32 mm
Number of jewels : 34
Number of parts : 335
Minimal guaranteed power reserve : > 65 h
Frequency of balance wheel : 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations / hour)
Variable-inertia balance with screws and balance-spring with Phillips terminal curve
Finishing: all parts finely hand decorated; bridges and mainplate rhodiumed, circular-grained, beadblasted and hand-drawn with file strokes; polished angles, bevelled screw rims and slots
Peripheral oscillating weight in circular satin-brushed 950 platinum
Forged carbon case, glareproofed sapphire crystal caseback with Royal Oak Offshore engraving, black ceramic bezel, crown and pushpieces, titanium pushpiece guards.
Diameter : 44 mm
Thickness : 14 mm
Black dial with “Méga Tapisserie” pattern, black counters, gold applied hour-markers and gold Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. Sapphire inner ring.
Black rubber with titanium pin buckle
Hours and minutes
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Chronograph with central sweep-seconds hand, 30-minute counter (at 3 o’clock)