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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 44mm Camouflage Collection

A pop of camo for the ROO.

calendar | ic_dehaze_black_24px By Xavier Markl | ic_query_builder_black_24px 2 min read |

The Royal Oak Offshore was presented in 1993, heralding a bolder style for the iconic Audemars Piguet luxury sports watch. The ROO offers a more powerful and sportier take on the model. Since then, this testosterone-fed version of the Royal Oak has stood out for its bold design and generous dimensions and it has given Audemars Piguet the opportunity to combine a number of innovative materials. Following this tradition, a daring trio of Camouflage Royal Oak Offshore models was added to the collection a few months ago. Let’s take a closer look.

Initially unveiled at SIHH 2019, this quirky trio of Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 44mm follows the introduction of a first camouflage version of the model in 2018. Ironically, camouflage is originally intended to reduce visibility… but here it creates a commanding presence. Still, if you are ready for their bold style, these new Royal Oaks will feel totally cool.

These Royal Oak Offshore Camouflage are available in khaki green, blue or brown. The first two options are presented in steel cases with ceramic bezels, push-pieces and a screw-locked crown matching the colour of the dial. The third piece comes in a gold case with brown ceramic elements. From a technical perspective, the specifications are identical to these of the standard 44mm ROO chronograph. The case is 14.4mm thick and the water-resistance is guaranteed to 100m. 

The dials are embossed with the Mega Tapisserie pattern. The three contrasting registers follow a 12-9-6 layout. At 3 o’clock, the recessed date is displayed through a magnifying glass. The Royal Oak Offshore hands are paired with luminescent baton hour markers. Last, a tachymeter scale is transferred on the black flange framing the dial.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Camouflage is powered by the manufacture Calibre 3126/3840. This automatic movement is based on the brand’s Calibre 3120, fitted with a Dubois Depraz module. Measuring 29.9mm in diameter, it runs at 21,600 vibrations per hour and it can store 50 hours of power reserve when fully wound. It is visible via the exhibition caseback with an openworked monobloc rotor. 

The three watches are worn on a camo rubber strap secured with a pin buckle. And if you’d like to skip the combat mode from time to time, they are also delivered with a spare monochromatic rubber strap matching the colour of the dial.

The price for these Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 44mm Camouflage is set at CHF 32,400 for the steel versions (ref. 26400SO) and CHF 48,500 for the gold version (ref. 26401RO). For more information, please visit www.audemarspiguet.com.

9 responses

  1. Tastes differs obviously. I find these tacky and plain ugly. Besides general looks, that tiny movement in a blown up case…please use a non-transparen case back.

  2. Plenty of wrist prescence , immense and hideous. I would think it would provoke comments

  3. 35 grand for a hideous chrono with DD module on top ….sure let’s go with that

  4. These aren’t subtle or classy.
    It’s a lot of money to look cheap and how wide is that blue camo strap it looks close to 30mm.
    Ali G would love them AP has missed the mark unless the head designer is 8 years old.

  5. I find them not unattractive including the blue camo strap. It just depends on your taste and what you want to use it for; as for the price, it’s a lot too high for the average consumer but, compared to a PP Nautilus, it’s very reasonable indeed.

  6. Who did the photo shot? My issue is the model is wearing what appears to be a dress shirt, is that what came to mind when you were going to shot this,that this is a dress watch for the office ? Am I missing something, or are you ? This watch is for…well not sure but, not for dress ,unless you’re going to Rambo’s wedding !

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