The Beast, the Royal Oak Offshore, officially turns 30 this year, and as if the relatives were scarce to fill the room for celebration, Audemars Piguet brings another specimen into the family, a cool-coloured Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph presented in a black ceramic case with green anodized elements. Jokes aside, this new watch is a fine addition to the new generation of the Royal Oak Offshore collection, much like the original version launched in 2021, but with an even more futuristic look.
The new AP ROO Flying Tourbillon Chronograph version is everything the inaugural reference was. Still, the choice of material for the 43mm case and green hues to colour elements on the dial side make all the difference. This year, for the first time in the 43mm ROO collection, the watch features a full ceramic case with a ceramic caseback. Multiple finishing techniques are used to bring out the best of the case design, with updated, enlarged polished bevels on the edges. AP mastered ceramic manufacturing and tooling very well, not just for the cases but for the full-ceramic bracelets too. Only this edition is offered on a green rubber strap, matching several dial elements.
The Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph design reminds us of supercars and fighter planes. Under the slightly curved sapphire crystal, the dial has an openworked architecture that is futuristic and aggressive. Note the wide bevelled bridges to the flying tourbillon’s left and right and the movement plate’s vent-like surface beneath. The flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock is the obvious centrepiece and reveals the inner workings of the escapement, while the gear train is the backdrop for the upper part of the dial. The chronograph counters with the black outer ring do not obstruct the view, and the tiny hands to indicate the minutes or the hours are the same red colour as the central chronograph hand, in line with the sports character of the series. The large pink gold hands with a Super-LumiNova strip down the centre indicate the time, and the gold-coloured theme is continued with the AP logo, the crown and the balance wheel as if to remind of the luxury status of this exceptional watch.
The vivid green colour, responsible for the distinctive look of this new Royal Oak Offshore variant, is applied to the rubber strap, the rubber gasket, and a few dial elements. A green anodized inner bezel works as the minutes track with very legible, black-printed markings and numerals. The black PVD-coated titanium bridges are highlighted with green inserts with an aluminium coating, and all the movement’s colours play to this aesthetic experiment.
The calibre 2967, a seriously reworked version of the in-house flying tourbillon flyback chronograph calibre 2952, which was first launched with the Code 11.59 collection a couple of years back, is what powers this limited edition of the ROO. This automatic movement consists of 526 parts, operates at a 3Hz frequency, and provides 65 hours of power reserve, guaranteed.
The New Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph 26622CE Limited Edition in black ceramic with green hues is limited to 100 pieces. It is offered with an interchangeable green rubber strap, a titanium folding clasp, and an additional black rubber strap. Price is upon request. For more, please visit www.audemarspiguet.com.