A lot was anticipated from the evolution of the iconic Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore collection in the 42mm case size. On the whole, it appears they have played it safe & delivered a collection that will appeal to the broad majority of fine watch enthusiasts alongside the aspirational!
The collection offers six new models & we will focus here on our personal favourite. This version is the evolution of the classic “Themes” model. The model number is 26470ST.OO.A101CR.01 & is delivered with a UK RRP of £19,000.00 including V.A.T.
The immediate difference is the added red detail on both the dial & strap. The design of this collection did not need much updating & thankfully, it has not been toyed with a great deal. Red is a very safe go to colour to add a little emotion to any palette while the red stitching will no doubt be a welcome addition to many existing owners of the “Panda” model.
The Grand Tapisserie finish of the dial is slightly bolder, which definitely shows up in most lights & really enhances an always elegant feature of this otherwise sporty time piece. Audemars Piguet have never been shy to work with new materials as the more conceptual models have shown as well their models delivered in forged carbon. This idea is continued here as the rubber push pieces & rubber coated steel crown from the previous model have been replaced by ceramic versions. The satin finishing on the crown is especially well done & oozes genuine craftsmanship.
Two further points of note are the new sapphire caseback offering a view of Calibre 3126 modular Chronograph movement with beautifully engraved 22ct Yellow Gold rotor & finally, the very cool hornback alligator strap stays but a pin buckle replaces the folding clasp. Most people have a divided opinion on pin buckles against folding clasps but in our honest opinion, if given the choice of having a folding clasp that is easily replaced by a now available pin buckle – perhaps offering that option over removing the folding clasp altogether may have been more suitable given the substantial weight of the case?
Either way, this new chapter in the Offshore history will no doubt divide opinion as all great Brands & products should do! We currently have all the new models in stock, New Cavendish Jewellers is an official & independent agent for Audemars Piguet.
Please email us on Info@newcavendishjewellers.com or contact the Boutique directly on 00 44 (0)7487 5628 for further details.