What’s a summer watch without a splash of color? Buoyed by the success of the Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph launched in a clutch of bright fizzy colors during SIHH 2016, Audemars Piguet has now dropped simpler three-hand versiona of the aforementioned models in the Middle East just in time for the summer holidays.
Sportier than the classic Royal Oak, the Royal Oak Offshore was created in 1993 and was one of the first wristwatches to usher in the oversized trend that has sustained for more than two decades now. The 42 mm stainless steel models are available in four colors - white, dark blue, acid yellow, lime green and bright orange. The characteristic, chunky Royal Oak Offshore cases are fitted with a glare-proof sapphire crystal and a blue rubber-clad screw-locked crown. This is a serious dive watch and is depth-rated to 300 meters.
The “Mega Tapisserie” dials feature white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating for great visibility. These watches feature an inner rotating bezel with a diving scale and a colored zone for the first 15 minutes. A date window sits at 3 o’ clock. All models are fitted with rubber straps in matching colors and an additional blue rubber strap for each version.
The watch is powered by the brand’s well known Caliber 3120 movement. A three-handed self-winding movement with hacking-seconds function and instantaneously jumping date display. Its diameter is 26.6 millimeters, contains 40 jewels and 280 individual parts. This is a 3 Hz movement (21,600 semi-oscillations per hour), has a power reserve is 60 hours and uses a 22k decorated gold rotor. The watch will retail at $19,190 (AED70,500).
Earlier this summer, the Le Brassus brand also launched two new Royal Oak Offshore models to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famed celebrity haunt, the hotel Le Byblos Saint-Tropez. The two models included a women’s diamond set version in stainless steel, and a men's piece in rose gold.