In 1993, Audemas Piguet timepieces boldly launched an innovative sports watch series-Royal Oak Offshore. The classic octagonal Royal Oak Audemars Piguet watch, which was born in 1972 and shocked the world of high-end watches, provides the design basis for the creation of this new series. The oversized Royal Oak Offshore Audemars Piguet offshore wrist The watch is generous, bold and innovative, solid and strong. The 42 cm diameter case design makes an indestructible luxury sports watch. The tough stainless steel inner frame can perfectly resist magnetic interference; the rubber-covered crown, the crown with the bridge, the buttons and the bezel fixed by screws ensure the waterproof function. Its self-winding mechanical movement provides reliable protection.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Automatic Tourbillon Chronograph to be released at the ‘Clocks and Miracles’ exhibition in Hong Kong, limited edition 50 pieces
The Royal Oak Offshore series quickly gained the enthusiasm of watch enthusiasts and has now become a model in the field of modern watchmaking; although it has re-interpreted several times in style, it has always adhered to its core essence. One of the most impressive changes took place in 2010. The brand launched the first Royal Oak Offshore tourbillon chronograph with a manual winding mechanical movement, and the case was made of forged carbon and ceramic. Material production. Today, four years later, Audemars Piguet proudly unveiled a new Royal Oak Offshore tourbillon chronograph, especially equipped with the latest Calibre 2897 automatic mechanical movement specially designed for it.
Calibre 2897 is as powerful as this watch. It consists of 335 parts and its precision mechanical construction can be seen through the sapphire crystal case. This movement is a true masterpiece of precision mechanical art. Each part is cut, polished, chamfered and decorated by hand, creating a calming light and shadow effect. From the perspective of mechanical structure, Calibre 2897’s performance is also outstanding: rounded satin polished, PT950 platinum wrapped semi-circular oscillating weight to provide endless power for the automatic winding system. Details of the movement and the position of the oscillating weight through the dial at 1 o’clock are fully visible.
The tourbillon and the chronograph column wheel mechanism, considered to be the most reliable and accurate, provide double guarantees for the precise movement of this watch. In order to protect the beautiful power system of the watch, Audemars Piguet has specially improved the Royal Oak Offshore case. It is made of materials with a modern and black tone: forged carbon case, ceramic Bezel, titanium and ceramic buttons, and rubber strap. The Royal Oak Offshore Automatic Tourbillon Chronograph is an example of a perfect fusion of the tradition of excellence in watchmaking with high-tech concepts.
The movement is exclusively designed, developed and produced by the brand
Calibre 2897 movement is exclusively produced by Audemars Piguet. The brand uses the latest advanced watchmaking technology, while combining traditional watchmaking traditions that have been passed down for nearly 140 years. The arc of the side of the bridge, the S-shaped coupling link (one of the traditional watchmaking processes in the Jurassic Valley), the curve of the minute timer bridge, the typical toothed column wheel … all these details show the mechanical art The amazing height is almost forgotten. This is a precision instrument that can accurately divide time in seconds. Audemars Piguet is one of the few fine watchmaking brands that can achieve such a high level of decoration. Its traditional retouching techniques include mirror polishing, hand chamfering, round grain polishing and hand drawing. All these processes are completed through a series of meticulous steps, the total of which accounts for more than 30% of the total number of steps in the production of the finished watch. The above work took hundreds of hours. The master watchmaker then carried out the initial trial assembly to give the Calibre 2897 movement life; after all the components have been adjusted and cleaned, they can be finally assembled and put into Royal Oak. Offshore Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 44 mm case.
Wrap-around semi-circular rotor-the ultimate choice
The new Royal Oak Offshore Audemars Piguet self-winding tourbillon chronograph is made of PT950 platinum and mounted on a ball bearing. This design allows the weight of the rotor to be dispersed around the movement, thereby increasing the winding speed, and the winding efficiency is greatly improved. The size of the semi-circular oscillating weight is specially improved and fully embedded in the groove in the center of the case, so that it can surround 360 °. In addition, the oscillating weight located on the periphery of the movement will not increase the thickness of the movement, which can keep the movement slim. In terms of aesthetics, because the back of the movement is unobstructed, through the sapphire crystal transparent bottom cover, the magnificent column wheel chronograph device has a panoramic view.
Tourbillon-fascinating watch component
For a long time, tourbillon installations have been regarded as the pinnacle of fine watchmaking. Although it was introduced as early as the end of the 18th century, watch brands that can independently make tourbillon installations are still rare. As one of the few brand models that master this special skill, Audemars Piguet has launched 16 tourbillon movements, and in 1986 became the first watch factory capable of making ultra-thin self-winding tourbillon watches. The tourbillon device is designed to counteract the influence of gravity on the operation of the watch. Its components include an escapement mechanism (the adjustment part of the watch) and a small-sized frame that rotates every minute, thereby keeping the hairspring in motion at all times, ensuring that Travel accurately. The tourbillon on the Royal Oak Offshore self-winding tourbillon chronograph with black base and titanium bridge plate brings a 21st century modern atmosphere to this historic device. It took almost three days for the master watchmaker to assemble 85 components of less than 0.45 grams into a tourbillon.
Chronograph-the perfect mechanism to last
Audemars Piguet has always been a master in the field of chronograph production. The oldest chronograph in the brand’s collection of timepieces is a ‘foudroyante’ chronograph born in 1881.
For hundreds of years, Audemars Piguet has been constantly responding to and solving various chronograph design problems. Not only has one of the world’s smallest chronograph movements been manufactured based on the 22.5mm movement in 1886, but also The earliest watch-type chronographs have been introduced since the 1920s. The brand’s accumulated rich experience has performed well on the Calibre 2897 movement. The special column wheel system allows it to perfectly handle the three actions of timing, pause and reset at the same time, which is the most exquisite of the same type of movement.
Calibre 2897 movement is exclusively made by Audemars Piguet. The brand uses the latest advanced watchmaking technology, and combines the traditional watchmaking tradition that has been passed down for nearly 140 years.
If you carefully observe the movement of the movement, it is not difficult to notice the smooth and elegant movement when the chronograph hands start to move. To this end, the brand has specially developed coupling links to eliminate the unstable factors that affect the efficiency of the movement. Audemars Piguet’s watch engineers also installed shock-resistant hooks for this watch, making the overall operation more stable. The artisan masters carefully assemble the hands and debug the various parts of the chronograph to obtain a perfect and comfortable touch when the button is pressed.
Royal Oak Offshore-an unbeatable design
Few other watches are as memorable as the Royal Oak Offshore. It represents a solid and reliable lifestyle that advocates sports. On this latest watch, the loyal fans of Royal Oak Offshore will be able to see the classic eight hexagonal polished stainless steel screws and black ceramic bezel, sanded and polished The bright surfaces are ingeniously contrasted to form extraordinary sharp edges.
The watch ring is made of forged carbon. Lightweight forged carbon was originally used in the advanced high-tech aerospace industry. In 2007, Audemars Piguet pioneered the use of this innovative material on the Royal Oak Offshore watch. The button is made of ceramic and titanium, and is fixed on the titanium bridge independent of the case with four exposed screws. For lovers of this series, the dial design of this Royal Oak Offshore self-winding tourbillon chronograph is also very classic, decorated with the unique ‘Méga Tapisserie’ oversize check decoration, and Perfectly set off the tourbillon device at 6 o’clock.