The SIHH 2016 will see a lot of new watches from Audemars Piguet – including the brand new Royal Oak Offshore Driver Chronograph in four different versions. Funky colors and daring new design elements characterise the new Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronographs. Since its initial release in 2010 this model from Audemars Piguet has come in a range of versions but these may be the most fun one.
The Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronographs are powered by the Audemars Piguet in-house calibre 3124/3841. It’s an automatic chronograph movement made up of 364 parts and operates at 3 Hz. Power reserve is 50 hours and the movement uses a gold automatic rotor. It cannot be seen though because of the solid caseback.
This version returns to a steel case with the classic and highly recognisable octagonal shape of the Royal Oak. It is 42 mm in diameter and 14.75 mm in height and is able to withstand depth up to 300 metres.
The Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronographs have an inner rotating bezel which is operated via the ceramic crown positioned at 10 o’clock. The ceramic pushers above and below the crown are used for the chronograph. All pushers as well as the crown are made from black ceramic.
Audemars Piguet has chosen four bold color schemes, and the blue one is the most subtle version of the Royal Oak Offshore Diver Collection. The yellow accents are only on the internal rotating bezel and on the minute and small seconds hands. The green, orange and yellow ones come with matching, bright-colored straps and the color comes not only as an accent on the internal bezel but on the whole dial as well. These chronographs truly stand out, although their dials are among the more simple ones from Audemars Piguet.
Every dial features a “Méga Tapisserie” pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. The diving function indicator has been highlighted for better readability at depths of up to 300 metres.
The high-quality rubber strap with a non-slip texture helps this watch fit comfortably.