The new Lady Cat Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph models presented at the 2013 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Genève reflect the spirit of independence cherished by Audemars Piguet, along with its taste for elegance.
The two models, bearing the colours of the racing catamaran sponsored by the Manufacture from Le Brassus, come in steel and white gold versions respectively issued in 150-piece and 10-piece limited editions. Their dials harmoniously associate the new boat colours: black, gold, and green – with the latter featured on the subdial hand. The back displays the Ladycat logo, celebrating the only boat in this sailing category competing with a woman at the helm.
The white gold version of the Royal Oak Offshore Ladycat, with its black mother-of-pearl dial counters, is adorned with a gem-set bezel, case and folding clasp totalling 323 diamonds (approx. 5.82 carats). The black rubber strap provides a perfect foil for the sparkle of the gems, which are as ever chosen by Audemars Piguet from among the highest-quality stones. The steel variation is equally appealing with its pure lines accentuated by the brilliant-pavé bezel and the likewise gem set studs that merge smoothly into the strap.
The sturdy 37 mm case houses a mechanical selfwinding movement capable of measuring short times over a 12-hour period, on demand and as often as required. Efficient, accurate and finished in keeping with the finest traditions, this mechanical heart has a 40-hour power reserve and is automatically rewound by its owner’s wrist movements.
Representing a further token of the Manufacture’s determination to cultivate luxury right through to the smallest details, this intensely feminine chronograph is equipped with an 18-carat gold oscillating weight.
Water-resistant to 5 bar, the superlative Royal Oak Offshore Ladycat Chronographs clearly establish themselves as the ideal watch for women looking to assert their taste for challenges.
Stainless steel case (37 mm), glareproofed sapphire crystal, case-back engraved with Ladycat logo, Royal Oak Offshore logo and the inscription “Limited Edition”, gemset bezel and studs, black rubber-moulded screw-locked crown and pushers, water-resistant to 50 m.
Black dial with “Méga Tapisserie” motif, applied numerals and Royal Oak hands in pink gold with luminescent coating
Chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds, date
Self-winding Calibre 2385
Total diameter: 26.20 mm (11½ lines)
Movement thickness: 5.50 mm
Number of jewels: 37
Number of parts: 304
Minimum guaranteed power reserve: 40 hrs
Cadence of the balance: 21,600 vph
Black rubber strap with stainless steel AP folding clasp
64 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling approx. 1.69 carat (bezel, studs)