Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet released a new Royal Oak Offshore line in 43 mm with 5 models made from titanium, 18-carat pink gold or stainless steel. This is the first redesign of the Royal Oak Offshore since the evolution of the 44 mm collection in the early 2000s.
The design of the case and the dial was reimagined to provide optimum aesthetics and ergonomics. These models also introduce the Manufacture’s latest integrated flyback chronograph, Calibre 4401, in the Royal Oak Offshore collection. The 43 mm watches are fitted with the Manufacture’s new interchangeable strap system that enables wearers to change straps easily.
The new 43 mm Royal Oak Offshore’s case features larger polished chamfers on the edges, while the bezel, as well as the screw-locked crown and chronograph push-pieces, follow a slight curvature. To the exception of the all-titanium watch, the other four models feature a ceramic bezel for a powerful two-tone contrast. The glareproofed sapphire crystal curved from 6 to 12 o’clock fits the curvature of the bezel and completes the overall design. The timepieces are decorated with the Manufacture’s trademark alternation of hand-polished chamfers. The satin-brushed finishing garnish the case and bezel.
The new Royal Oak Offshore 43 mm line introduces the Manufacture’s latest in-house integrated chronograph, Calibre 4401, in the Royal Oak Offshore collection. This selfwinding chronograph movement is fitted with a column wheel and the flyback function that enables to restart the watch without stopping or resetting it first. Calibre 4401 also features a vertical clutch system that stops hands from jumping when the chronograph is started or stopped, as well as a patented zero resetting mechanism ensuring that each one of the counter hands is reset to zero.
The movement’s dedicated blackened 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight and refined decorations, including “Côtes de Genève,” “traits tirés” and circular graining can be seen through the sapphire caseback. The caseback also showcases the column wheel and the so-called “dance” of the chronograph hammers.
The Royal Oak Offshore 43 mm line comes with the Manufacture’s new interchangeable strap system that has been directly integrated into the buckle and case’s studs. It will allow wearers 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. In addition, the interchangeable rubber straps in black, blue, grey, and brown colors adorning the different models, as well as the AP pin buckle, are endowed with a new design.