Thirtieth anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore, Audemars Piguet has unveiled the new Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph.

This black ceramic creation is a nod to the “End Of Days” model, released in 1999 in collaboration with Arnold Schwarzenegger and setting the trend for multiple celebrity partnerships. This new interpretation features a black design punctuated by yellow accents. Issued in a 500-piece limited edition, it is a contemporary tribute to the collection that has been pushing boundaries for three decades.

When launched in 1993 at the Basel Fair, the Royal Oak Offshore made quite an impression with its massive proportions (42mm in diameter and 14.04mm thick) and bold design. It was not until a few years later, however, that its success would really take off. The Royal Oak Offshore quickly made connections with different fields far removed from Haute Horlogerie, such as the worlds of sport, music and entertainment.

This new Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph model is presented in a 43mm case, which is in line with the models introduced in 2020. This edition is made entirely of black ceramic with the addition of titanium details, such as the studs, push-pieces and case back. There are also eight steel screws that attach the octagonal bezel to the case. The choice of these materials gives the watch a light and ergonomic feel despite its generous proportions (the total weight is only 103 grammes).

This new reference is powered by the Manufacture’s latest selfwinding chronograph movement, Calibre 4401, which is fully integrated with a column wheel and flyback function. This function allows the chronograph to be reset and restarted with a single press of the pusher, a patented process that allows the chronograph counter hands to instantaneously return to the vertical position. The column wheel works in conjunction with the vertical clutch and when started or stopped, the seconds hand responds immediately, without jerking. Additionally, gentle pressure is enough to activate the pushers, further enhancing the ergonomics of the timepiece.

May 17, 2023