Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph ref. 26387IO.OO.D010CA.01 is an exclusive limited edition only available for sale at the U.S. boutiques. This watch is complicated, but perhaps one of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs with the most attractive presence.
The openworked dial on this watch features a 30-minute chrono-register in anthracite grey at 3, a tourbillon at 9 o’clock and two openings at 12 and 6 o’clock. The white dial features contrasting white gold Arabic numerals filled with green luminescent material —that bring to mind the look of the first Royal Oak Offshore Rubber Clad in stainless steel—, white gold grey hands also with luminescent coating, a silver flange with tachymetric scale and chronograph seconds hand with with tip. Old school and modern looking at the same time, this watch is one of those watches perfectly made for the summer or perfectly suited for the winter polar vortex with its white color scheme.
The beating heart inside of this iconic reference is the new manual wound Audemars Piguet calibre 2933 instead of the previous 2912. This new movement is composed of 338 parts, 30 jewels and provides a power reserve of 237 hours —almost ten full days— when fully wound. This amazing calibre is fully visible via the display case back and the wearer will be able to contemplate the column wheel chronograph mechanism, the locking gear stopwork, the twin barrels in parallel, the three anodized black aluminum bridges and of course the back side of the tourbillon. A real treat for the eyes and something that can amaze you for hours. Seeing one of these watches in person and being able to peruse it, is something out of this world.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph is fitted with a gorgeous white rubber strap with folding buckle in titanium that when fastened it almost appears to be a pin buckle. The strap, just as any other Audemars Piguet strap, is extremely comfortable and perfectly finished. You really couldn’t expect any less from a manufacture like AP and from a watch within this price point.