Ever since its introduction in 1993, the body-built version of the Royal Oak has been constantly improving and becoming more in tune with the times. The 2021 generation further underscores this commitment.
In the early 2000s, Audemars Piguet expanded its collections of Royal Oak Offshore models to include a robust 44mm diameter. After introducing a wide range of colors and materials, the watchmaker is now offering a new generation of references structured around a 43mm casing that is water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters. Five timepieces make up this redesigned collection. Whether in steel, pink gold, or even titanium, each of them has a slightly revised design. While the aesthetic codes inherent to the brand are still present, such as the “Mega Tapestry” motif on the dial and the octagonal bezel, the ergonomics of the watch have been optimized to make it more comfortable to wear and easier to use. Thus, the data can be read with complete clarity. Time keeping is made easy with the help of long push buttons that are perfectly integrated into the case middle. The alternating polished and satin-finished surfaces of the casing enhance the visual harmony of these timepieces.
These models are powered by the caliber 4401 equipped with a chronograph featuring a flyback function. The sapphire backing of the case enables its complex architecture to be admired. This self-winding movement meets today’s performance standards by generating 70 hours of power reserve.
The rapid interchangeability system provides the possibility of replacing the Royal Oak Offshore 43mm rubber strap supplied with the watch with a second one made of either the same material or leather depending on the version.
Price: €37,700 (steel) – €37,700 (titanium) – €56,400 (rose gold)
By Dan Diaconu