Originally designed as the ultimate male chronograph for extreme sports, the Royal Oak Offshore, a direct descendant of the iconic Royal Oak, carved a niche for itself with its preeminent sports character and powerful architectural features. The robust case, engineered to protect the movement from magnetic waves, the large hexagonal screws and the prominent pushers and crown have all become distinct design features of the Royal Oak Offshore family.
As a newcomer to the Royal Oak Offshore 37 mm collection for ladies and available in both steel and pink gold versions, this new piece retains the bold design features of the original men’s chronograph revisited in a slimmer, more sophisticated case.
The alliance of stainless steel, white rubber and the 32 brilliant-cut diamonds that animate the bezel of the new Royal Oak Offshore produces an exceptional tactile and visual experience. In the pursuit of contrasting textures and depth, the hallmark ‘Mega Tapestry’ pattern with its square block motifs has been encircled by a new chapter ring decorated with curly snailed patterns while the white rubber-clad crown and strap add a dose of contemporary feminine charm. Practical, resilient and refined, the Royal Oak Offshore is an ideal everyday companion that moves exceptionally well between work and play.
Technology, craftsmanship, design and brand credentials are factors that influence a woman’s choice today and explain why the Royal Oak is one of the best-selling watches in the brand’s repertoire.
First launched for men in 1972, the Royal Oak was the world’s first haute horlogerie sports watch. Touted as having “a body of steel and a heart of gold”, the stainless steel armour of the Royal Oak with its eight sided bezel and exposed screws had an industrial edge, while the ‘heart’ in the equation referred to Audemars Piguet’s haut de gamme calibre 2121, the world’s slimmest automatic movement with date window at that time.
In 1976, a ladies’ version of the Royal Oak with an automatic movement reached the market. Over the past four decades, the original Royal Oak for women has undergone many changes, cultivating its own idiosyncrasies. An iconic watch from every angle, the Royal Oak and the Royal Oak Offshore chronograph return again this year with a cascade of impressive clarity IF diamonds and extra large cases.
Quartz Calibre 2714
Total diameter: 26.185 mm (11½ lines)
Total thickness: 2.875 mm
Number of jewels: 5
Operational lifespan (months): 40
Frequency of the quartz: 32,768 Hz
Stainless steel case, glare proofed sapphire crystal, white rubber-clad diamond-set bezel and crown, water-resistant to 50 m
Light silver-toned with “Méga Tapisserie” pattern in the centre, blackened gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating
White rubber strap with stainless steel pin buckle
32 brilliant-cut diamonds : approx. 1.02 carats (bezel)
The model also exists in a pink gold version