Next year, Audemars Piguet will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Royal Oak Offshore watch, one of the most successful models by the watchmaker which was first introduced at Baselworld 1993. To commemorate the occasion, AP is presenting three new versions of the iconic sport watch: an accurate re-edition of the original Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph, as well as two versions of the completely new Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph. These have been previewed by the watchmaker as a part of the collection that will be showcased at the upcoming SIHH 2018. The celebratory models will be produced in the limited run of just 50 pieces each.
25 years ago when the original Royal Oak Offshore watch was launched, the bold design construction and the big 42mm case, which brought the watch to be nicknamed “The Beast,” shocked the world. A lot of AP purists were unhappy including Gerald Genta himself, the creator of the original Royal Oak. No one had ever anticipated that the model will go on to become a great success with more than 120 references launched since then.
First up is the Ref. 26237ST, a re-edition of the original Royal Oak Offshore. The blue “Tapissierie” dial is as distinctive as ever and the solid caseback is engraved with the “Royal Oak Offshore” logo in the center. The watch is almost identical to the original other than the Caliber 3126/3840, which you may recognize as the same that powers many other modern Royal Oak Offshore chronographs. It offers a power reserve of 50 hours.
Next is the Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph available in either stainless steel (ref. 26421ST.OO.A002CA.01) or rose gold (ref. 26421OR.OO.A002CA.01) which offers a new look for the Offshore line. Both the models feature bold design details, with the bezel first and foremost, along with an entirely redesigned movement developed for the occasion. They powered by the hand-wound in-house caliber 2947 beating at 21,600 vph with a remarkable power reserve of 7 days. The prices of all the three models are unknown as of yet and is expected to be announced during SIHH 2018 in January.