The Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication from Audemars Piguet
The Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication
The Royal Oak Offshore was introduced into the market in 1993. This timepiece was a sportier extension of the model designed two decades earlier by Gérald Genta and went on to become an icon in the world of watchmaking. 20 years on, this watch is now being enriched for the first time ever with an exceptional Grande Complication movement.
The Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication is a contemporary 44 mm-diameter titanium and ceramic watch. Its complex geometrical shape and ability to transcend the potential of a traditional self-winding movement uniting the refined minute repeater, split-second chronograph and perpetual calendar complications, gives it an inherent masculine appeal. The 648 parts sharing the space allotted to the movement are finished with exemplary care. Contemporary finishes such as sandblasting are designed to highlight more traditional treatments such as bevelling or hand-drawn flanks. The dial has white-gold applied hour indices and the Royal Oak hands, coated with luminous material.
To reveal the intricate details of the movement, the parts composing this are partially visible through the transparent sapphire dial and by a fitted exhibition back. The back provides a view of the solid gold oscillating weight featuring a black coating serving. The strap is black rubber and has a titanium pin buckle. Audemars Piguet says it will only produce three pieces of the Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication. The watch makes its debut at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) watch fair that will be held in Geneva this month.