The evolution of the revolution: the Royal Oak Offshore
Distinctive design meets sensational technology
When he first saw the Royal Oak Offshore in 1993, Audemars Piguet’s design genius Gérald Genta decried this evolution of the revolution that he had begun in 1971 as a degenerate “walrus.” After initial ideas for the project in 1989, the managers at the office in Le Sentier were however enthusiastic. They agreed that the Royal Oak would benefit from an additional touch of sportiness and thus decided to pursue the basic idea of surrounding the caliber with a soft iron case to protect it against magnetism. The model was developed to series-production readiness. In 1993, Audemars Piguet finally presented the new form with a stopwatch function. All this happened nearly 25 years ago, but debates over this eye-catching giant on the wrist still occur outside the manufactory. Some people love and appreciate the Royal Oak Offshore, while others don’t. And no one remains neutral. Arnold Schwarzenegger and LeBron James for example belong to the first group. The watch’s sophisticated technical details, however, convince every watch aficionado: its 44 mm scratch-resistant, all-ceramic case that resists water pressure to ten bar and reliable self-winding Caliber 3126/3840 with 365 individual parts make the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph a true masterpiece of fine watchmaking. Its balance oscillates with a three-Hertz frequency and its movement runs for 50 hours after it has been fully wound.
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