The year 2010 will always be a special year for Audemars Piguet. The year marks the 135th anniversary of the famed watch manufacture. To mark this great achievement, Audemars Piguet Japan held a grand event to celebrate the Audemars Piguet 135th anniversary and a new product launch party in the “Choice!” restaurant on the third floor of the city’s Ark Mori building. Various historical watches representing 135 years of history were specially flown in from the Audemars Piguet Museum in Le Brassus, to be displayed at this event. Guests were also greeted by the two brand founders Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet who appeared in a hologram and spoke about the history of their brand. The event also witnessed the unveiling of a very special and powerful chronograph that celebrates the brands 135 glorious years and also commemorates its brand ambassador and Formula 1 racer Jarno Trulli. The new chronograph, the “Royal Oak Offshore Jarno Trulli” Chronograph is a limited edition creation that is sure to become a collector’s favorite and a must-have piece of memorabilia for Jarno Trulli fans.
Powered by a self winding caliber 3126/3840 self-winding movement, timepiece has a power reserve of up to 60 hours. A beautifully embellished creation, the mainplate of this timepiece is circular-grained, while its bridges are rhodium-plated, chamfered, sailed and adorned with Côtes de Genève motif. The Cermet bezel, crown and pushers as well as the sapphire crystal back is in sand-blasted titanium. Engraved on the case back of this timepiece is the inscription: Royal Oak Offshore Limited Edition Jarno Trulli.
The anthracite grey dial features an exclusive “Méga Tapis serie” motif, silvered counters, applied hour-markers and hands which are made in white gold with red luminescent coating, silvered inner bezel ring. The strap is black rubber with a sand-blasted titanium folding clasp.
The limited edition chronograph is restricted to only 500 pieces and will be available from October 6th from the Audemars Piguet Boutique located in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping area. The watch will initially be available in Japan only and be released worldwide by the end of the year.