Audemars Piguet has introduced two new Royal Oak Offshore models to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famed celebrity haunt, the hotel Le Byblos Saint-Tropez. This is the first time in the history of the brand that the Swiss watchmaker has created a limited edition model dedicated to the Byblos hotel.
Both models merge the characteristic Royal Oak Offshore design to the equally legendary French institution aesthetic codes. Sportier than the classic Royal Oak, the Royal Oak Offshore was created in 1993 and one of the first wristwatches to usher in the oversized trend that has sustained for more than two decades now.
This summer, two new Royal Oak Offshore models are launched exclusively for the Byblos’ celebration: a women’s diamond set version in stainless steel, and a men's piece in rose gold. The women’s piece is waterproof to 50 meters with a stainless steel case, screw-locked crown and pushpieces, a silver dial with “Lady Tapisserie” motif and luminescent coating on rose gold hands. The bezel is set with 32 brilliant cut diamonds, for a total of 1.02 carats.
The men’s version is an 18-carat pink gold Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph featuring blue transfers as well as pink gold hands and hour markers on a “Mega Tapisserie” dial. The men's model is waterproof to 100 meters.
To highlight this half-a-century anniversary, the caseback of both Royal Oak Offshore Summer Editions are engraved with the hotel’s anniversary dates and its coat of arms depicting the abduction of Europa by Zeus.
The Byblos has been the preferred address of high-profile-globe trotters and fashinonistas since it opened its doors in 1967. Its longtime patrons include celebrities like Brigitte Bardot and Mick Jagger.