Swiss luxury watch manufacture Audemars Piguet has expanded their prestigious Royal Oak Offshore collection by unveiling the Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph. Heralding a new generation of redesigned Royal Oak Offshore models, this high complication watch features 43 mm diameter titanium case, with optimum ergonomics and sportier aesthetics.
Limited to 100 pieces, this technical and sophisticated creation incorporates two complex horological functions: Flyback chronograph and flying tourbillon. It houses a new interpretation of an in-house self-winding movement originally released in the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet collection. The open-worked dial reveals the movement architecture and its decorations.
While the flyback function enables to restart the chronograph without stopping or resetting it first, the flying tourbillon making its rotation at 6 o’clock compensates for the effect of gravity.
Adapted to the watch’s new diameter, Calibre 2967 presents a more sportive aesthetics attuned to the collection’s identity. Redesigned, the architectural titanium bridges adorned with black PVD coating incorporate titanium inserts for a two-tone contrast.
While the titanium bridges have been finished with satin-brushing and hand-polished angles, the inserts present an alternation of sandblasted and polished surfaces for more visual appeal. In addition, the bridges’ external chamfers have been meticulously polished to remove the black PVD coating to further the contrast of colours and textures.
The bridges also reveal part of the multi-layered movement’s two-tone components on both sides of the watch. Similarly, the flying tourbillon cage showcases the rhodium-toned balance wheel pulsating within. In addition to uncovering part of the gear train, the sapphire caseback presents the collection’s open-worked oscillating weight in 22-carat gold coated with black PVD. Both elegant and robust, this haute-horlogerie movement has an impressive power reserve of 65 hours.
Measuring 43mm diameter, the titanium case features larger polished chamfers on the edges, while the bezel and glare-proofed sapphire crystal have been vertically curved for a contemporary touch.
The black ceramics screw-locked crown and chronograph push-pieces also follow a refined curvature, while subtly echoing the movement’s grey and dark hues. The alternation of hand-polished chamfers and sandblasting finishing adorning the case and bezel also provides an impactful contrast.
Finished with circular satin-brushing, the titanium sapphire caseback boasts the engraving “Royal Oak Offshore Limited Edition of 100 Pieces.” Water resistant to 100 meters, this robust and masculine high-horology watch is perfectly suitable for sports activities.
Meticulously finished by hands, the dial side of the movement incorporates multiple layers. The two transparent chronograph counters, outlined with a black outer ring, offer the utmost view of the two-tone movement.
The movement’s dark hues are also illuminated by more assertive 18-carat white gold hands, a white transferred minute track on the black inner bezel, as well as applied rhodium-toned AP initials realised in galvanic growth, appearing without the long-form signature. Indicating the chronograph functions, the three red hands add a dramatic feel. It boasts the spectacular flying tourbillon complication at 6 o’ clock.
The watch incorporates the new interchangeable strap system complementing the latest Royal Oak Offshore models. Directly integrated into the case’s studs and buckle, this arrangement allow clients to change the straps and buckles of their new timepiece themselves with a quick click and release. The double-push system also grants optimum security when the watch is worn on the wrist.
The black interchangeable rubber strap adorning this high complication is endowed with a new aesthetics with redesigned grooves forming in the continuity of the studs. The watch also comes with an additional black hand-stitched “large square-scale alligator strap. The AP folding clasp in sandblasted titanium also offers a new ergonomic design.
The Royal Oak Offshore collection also presents an assortment of two elegant calfskin straps in beige or brown fitted with the interchangeable system. More rubber and alligator strap options will be released later this year.
Model: Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph / 43 mm
Flying tourbillon, flyback chronograph, hours, minutes
Sandblasted titanium case and bezel
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Black ceramic push-pieces and screw-locked crown
Sandblasted titanium push-piece guards and studs
Water-resistant to 100 m
Self-winding Manufacture Calibre 2967
Total diameter: 33.6 mm (15lignes)
Total thickness: 8.31 mm
Number of jewels: 40
Number of parts: 526
Minimum guaranteed power reserve: 65 h
Frequency of balance wheel:3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
Black inner bezel
Black chronograph counter rings
18-carat white gold hands
Interchangeable black rubber strap with sandblasted titanium folding clasp
Additional interchangeable black hand-stitched “large square-scale” alligator strap