Audemars Piguet unveiled two new Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph models in 42 mm fitted with the latest integrated flyback chronograph movement, Calibre 4404. The case is made either of ultra-resistant titanium or stainless steel and features a “Méga Tapisserie” dial in light blue or khaki hue and a matching interchangeable textured rubber strap. The watch also presents subtle changes in dial design for augmented legibility.
The two new 42mm Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph models are powered by a new selfwinding integrated chronograph, Calibre 4404, fitted with column wheel and flyback function. The flyback function allows the wearer to stop, reset and start the chronograph. The column wheel works together with a vertical clutch system. When the chronograph is started or stopped, the hands respond accordingly without any hint of jumping. The push-pieces feel smooth when pressed. A patented zero resetting mechanism ensures that each one of the counter hands resets to zero.
The watch’s sapphire caseback showcases the movement’s column wheel and the so-called “dance” of the chronograph hammers when the chronograph is activated. The movement also boasts a dedicated 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight featuring the embossed AP initials, as well as refined hand-finishing, including “Côtes de Genève,” satin-brushing and polished chamfers.
The two new watches are fitted with the Manufacture’s new interchangeable strap. The interchangeability has been directly integrated into the buckle and case’s studs. The wearers can change the straps and buckles of their new timepiece themselves with a quick click and release. The double-push system ensures optimum security when the watch is worn on the wrist. An interchangeable textured rubber strap in light blue or khaki shade matches the respective dial color. There is also a second black interchangeable calfskin leather strap. The 2021 interchangeable strap assortment for the 42 mm Royal Oak Offshore collection also includes a dark blue and a black rubber strap.
The new Royal Oak Offshore comes in two case options: one in stainless steel and one in titanium, both sporting a black rubber crown and push-pieces. The two versions have been hand-finished with the Manufacture’s trademark alternation of satin-brushing and polished chamfers.
The stainless steel model features a light blue dial with “Méga Tapisserie” pattern enhanced with black counters and a black inner bezel. The orange used for the counters’ Arabic numerals and the chronograph’s central seconds hand adds a vivid touch of color. The titanium model combines a khaki “Méga Tapisserie” dial and a matching inner bezel, enriched with silver-toned counters with printed black hour-markers, Arabic numerals and chronograph hands. The AP initials appear at 3 o’clock. The hour counter is positioned at 12 o’clock, while the small seconds counter appears at 6 o’clock. In contrast, the minute counter has remained at 9 o’clock.