A new Formula 1 driver -based watch from Audemars Piguet is this new Royal Oak Offshore Jarno Trulli. Boy, it sure is nice, but looks very little like where these watches looked as though they have been evolving. It is possible that ending with the AP ROO Grand Prix, designer Octavio Garcia felt that the designs of brands race themed watches was getting too wild. While I liked the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix watch – it is safe to say that it is a controversial design. You can also see the AP ROO Rubens Barrichello II watch here (another F1 driver). Thus, it isn’t hard to see were AP has “scaled back” the look of the design a lot. Emphasis is on the forged carbon case, high-tech cermet (cool metal ceramic hyrbid material) dial, and the titanium crown and pushers. In a sober looking gray, the Jarno Trulli is dressed up a bit with bright red elements on the dial.
The very first place to begin has to be the sumptuous aesthetics of this timepiece. This stylish chronograph is a real thoroughbred, with emphasis on the lovely 18K rose gold bezel and a case made of forged carbon. Not only the bezel, but the hyperlinks and pushpiece guards are also crafted in 18K rose gold, giving a modern contemporary twist into a classic.The 44mm forged carbon instance undoubtedly comprises glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback display. The watch also features black ceramic screw-locked down and pushpieces.Audemars Piguet have been creating world renowned calibre movements right from the beginning in 1875, and continue to skilfully translate the subtle equilibrium between technological innovation and heritage watchmaking. The watch homes the impeccable calibre 3126/3840 manufacture an automatic shut-off motion powered by the normal movement of your arm. The watch comes with a power reserve of 50 hours.Audemars Piguet have been producing world renowned calibre movements right from the start in 1875, and continue to skilfully interpret the subtle balance between technical innovation and heritage watchmaking. The watch houses the impeccable calibre 3126/3840 make a automatic self-winding movement powered by the natural motion of your arm. The watch has a power reserve of 50 hours.
Actually quite nice, the watch is more simple and easy to read that its “cousin” pieces. Only gripe I have is that the chronograph pushers are too simple. Yes, I know it is hard to work with forged carbon, and it looks like all you are able to do with it is drill round holes in it. Still, AP usually offers up at least a little flair in this department. Then again, compared the design of the chronograph pushers in previous watches – AP might just be “starting from scratch” here if there are embarking on a “re-imagining AP ROO design” adventure. Price for the limited edition of 500 pieces watch is $28,900.
Read my full article on the Audemars Piguet Automatic Limited Edition Royal Oak 30th Anniversary Royal Oak Offshore Jarno Trulli watch here.