It's no secret that we're big fans of Audemars Piguet around here at Horus Straps. They are widely recognised as one of the greatest watchmakers in the world, and they are a constant force within watchmaking's Holy Trinity. All of that to one side, though, and well, if we say so ourselves, their watches look incredible on our AP rubber straps - so, whenever AP releases new models, you can bet your bottom dollar that our ears perk up and we pay attention. So, without further ado, let's delve into this serious update to one of the brand's most iconic collections and see what AP have graced us with.
The OG Gets an Update
It's always great to see one of the industry's OG models get an update and the opportunity to have some time in the limelight once again, and the same can be said for the latest Royal Oak Offshore Self-Winding Chronographs in 42mm. Staying true to the 1993 original, these three new models see the return of the famed Petite Tapisserie pattern to their dials alongside AP's new chronograph movement, the cal. 4404. With a vertical sub-dial alignment, a powerful 70-hour power reserve alongside its column-wheel actuated vertical clutch chronograph architecture and date function; it well and truly puts the Royal Oak Offshore where it deserves to be. Regarding their internal mechanics, AP has turned towards in-house technology and away from third-party sourced module-based movements - a great move that we can only appreciate.
Offered in three metals, stainless steel, titanium and pink gold, these three 42mm watches come in a trio of dials, blue for the steel and pink gold and a cool grey for the titanium model. Retaining their connection to the 1993 original, all three models feature the same Petite Tappiserie pattern, but the stainless steel model retains almost every visual link between it and its predecessor except its updated subdials and fonts.
A New Flyback Duo
Further expanding the 42mm Royal Oak Offshore collection, AP have released two new Flyback Chronograph variants into the Offshore family. This is in a bid to expand their offerings and continue to push the collection in the sports-oriented direction that it was created with in mind.
Offered in stainless steel and titanium, these two stunning pieces feature Méga Tapisserie dials - a hallmark of the Offshore, in either a light blue or khaki green, respectively. Powered by AP's in-house cal. 4401, these two beasts feature flyback vertical clutch column-wheel chronographs with 70 hours of power reserve and a date function. Both retail for $33,400, but good look getting one!
Limited Edition Diver
Finally, the last model introduced is a limited edition variant of the Royal Oak Offshore Diver. A quirky and relatively niche offering from the collection, the Offshore Diver does precisely what it says on the tin and takes the Offshore deep underwater with an internal rotating bezel, 300m water resistance and a no-fuss time and date-only dial.
Limited to just 300 units, this 42mm white gold variant is priced at £52,800 (approximately $72,800) and comes with a black ceramic bezel, a black dial and the brand's powerful cal. 4308 movement. Sure to sell out rather fast, this is quite the appealing piece that we certainly hope to see, along with the rest of AP's new releases, on our Horus Straps Audemars Piguet watch straps in no time!
Ref. 26238OR.OO.2000OR.01: 18k pink gold, blue dial: $83,000
Ref. 26238ST.OO.2000ST.01: stainless steel, blue dial: $40,600
Ref. 26238TI.OO.2000TI.01: titanium, grey dial: $40,600
Ref. 26238ST.OO.A340CA.01: stainless steel light blue dial flyback : $33,400
Ref. 26238TI.OO.A056CA.01: titanium green dial flyback: $33,400