Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore collection is known for its distinctive design features as well as its large proportions. The watches are functional and aesthetically arresting. In the recent SIHH, Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication, which is the first sport grand complication. Expected to retail for a whopping $741,600, this timepiece comes in a very limited edition of three pieces.
The Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication comes in an intriguing 44 millimeter diameter and 17.5 millimeter thick case that has a black ceramic bezel, white ceramic crown and pushers. The 18-carat pink gold case has glare-proofed sapphire crystal and case-back, black ceramic bezel, white ceramic crown and push pieces. The piece is water resistant to 20 meters. This open-worked watch allows one to see all the nuances of its mechanics. Featured inside this watch is the AP calibre 2885 and its 648 unique and hand finished parts. According to reports from the company, 860 hours was spent on each watch, as the watchmaker assembled, tested, and disassembled the timepiece in the workshop. The sapphire dial features pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. Finishing off the look of the watch is a beautiful white rubber strap with 18-carat pink gold pin buckle.
Technical Specifics of AP Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication:
Grande Complication movement
Column wheel Chronograph mechanism
Repeater’s two gongs are both on the same plane
Oscillating weight with ceramic ball bearings
Moonphase made with Physical Vapor Deposited metal onto sapphire
Oscillating weight can be custom decorated upon customer’s request
Manual finishing of the cut out parts (polished bevels, grained finishing on top and Matt “brouillé” finishing underneath)
Manual finishing of the bridges (curved polished bevels, satin-brushed edges, Perlage on the recesses)
Perpetual calendar, Date, Day, Month, Leap year, Moonphases, Number of the week
Split time chronograph, Seconds and split seconds counter, Minutes counter
Minute repeater on two gongs
Minute repeater, perpetual calendar, split-seconds chronograph, week indication, hours, minutes
Total diameter – 14 mm
Type of balance: Screwed balance
Frequency of balance wheel – 2.75 (=19,800 alternances/hour) Hz
Type of balance-spring stud-holder – Mobile stud
Balance-spring type – Breguet
Direction of automatic winding – Unidirectional
Type of oscillating weight – Monobloc in 18-carat gold
Here is your first glance at the newest addition to the collection of men’s luxury watches by Audemars Piguet. The Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronograph will make its debut at the 2010 SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) industry exhibition in Geneva during January 19 – 23. This watch will be made in a limited editions series of 120 pieces.
This new watch by AP, as the company is known in the industry, shows a mixture of haute horlogerie skills using contemporary new materials. This is perfect example of a cutting-edge watch on many levels, including the following: the entire case is made from forged carbon (as seen already in many of AP’s popular Royal Oak Offshore models) and the highly complex movement is entirely produced by Audemars. The design is three dimensional and gives off a sense of power and military might, yet the watch itself is light weight.
The case of the Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronograph measures 37.40 mm x 32.40 mm. The carbon composite which is used in the case is made by injecting carbon nanofibers at very high pressures and temperature, resulting in a light weight but very stable material. The contrasting look created between the carbon case and the bezel, crown and chronograph push pieces, which are made from shiny black ceramic, is exceptional.
The dial is open allowing the wearer to see the sporty red and white indications. Under these are finely beveled bridges made from eloxed aluminum and blackened steel. This look, along with the contrasting features above are what create the three dimensional illusion.
The caseback is made from blackened titanium and the dial side view allows one to see the “one-minute tourbillon complication, as well as the two parallel-coupled barrels which produce a consistent flow of power to the mechanism for a full 10 days; the status of the reserve is shown via an indicator scale and corresponding hand at the 9 o’clock position.”
Although Audemars Piguet has not released a price ye for this new men’s watch, the company’s press statement says that about two weeks of work go into the assembly of each 2884 caliber, three days of which alone are spent perfecting and completing timing adjustments to the tourbillon regulator and its 80 precisely interacting components of these Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronographs.
The strap is made from hand-sewn crocodile leather and comes with a folding clasp made from blackened titanium and with the initials of AP. The watch is water resistant up to 20 meters.