Six years on for the release of its very first ISO certified Royal Oak Offshore Diver, Audemars Piguet presented daring new design elements for the new Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph at this year’s SIHH. Exclusively available at Audemars Piguet boutiques, the RO Offshore Diver Chronograph features blackened white gold hands and hour markers which stand out against bright, high-contrast blue, lime, citron and tangerine dials. The four different luminescent hues available match the colour of the watch’s rubber band with its measuring scale and buckle.
The watch is powered by an in-house built self-winding AP Calibre 3124 / 3841 Manufacture movement with 59 jewels, a 22-carat gold monobloc rotor and a frequency of 3 Hz (21’600 alternances/hour). The watch’s caliber can be seen through the octagonal-shaped see-through back cover which is fastened by eight symmetrical screws mirroring the screws in the bezel. This design concept gives the AP Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph a closer connection with the Royal Oak Offshore than a typical diver’s wristwatch, which by definition would typically feature a closed back.
The watch’s 42 mm stainless steel tonneau-shaped case with glare-proofed sapphire glass is accentuated with two counters on the right side for subsidiary seconds counting functionality, and a 30-chrono-minute counter. The new Diver Chronograph’s crown guards have been redesigned to offer more protection to the ceramic-made Chrono buttons.The dial is laid in the traditional Audemars Piguet “Méga Tapisserie” style and at 12 o’clock features the characteristic double indexes, which was introduced in the first dive watch in order to allow the dial to be more visible underwater. The internal rotating bezel is also color-blocked with the diving scale and zone (from 60 to 15 minutes) which again allows for better visibility.
Originally seen in the April print issue of Legatto Lifestyle, on sale now.