One would not call the Royal Oak Offshore a classic when it first launched in 1993, although the watch certainly is now. Back in 1993, Audemars Piguet presented the Offshore as an evolution of the Royal Oak, a bigger (it was 42mm), bolder, more masculine version of the already disruptive Royal Oak watch with its angular steel case and sporty design.
This year, the Swiss watchmaker is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore, and with SIHH just days away, we’ve been shown three exciting new versions.
First, a re-edition of the original Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph, and second, a brand new Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph with a contemporary dial design developed in two versions. Let’s take a closer look.
The re-edition of the first Royal Oak Offshore remains true to the original model, and retains the 42mm cushion-shaped stainless steel case, the blue dial with the “Petite Tapisserie” pattern, blue rubber-clad push pieces and screw-locked crown, and a casebook engraved with the “Royal Oak Offshore” logo and “Automatic”.
It wasn’t designed as a restrained watch in 1993, but it certainly does feel that way today, especially when placed side by side with the new versions of the Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph.
The two models, available in stainless steel or 18k pink gold, is limited to 50 pieces each. The watch features a brand new dial with amazing open-worked details, black ceramic screw-locked crown and pushpieces, and houses the hand-wound calibre 2947.