Audemars Piguet – Royal Oak Selfwinding Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph
The Royal Oak Offshore was introduced in 1993 as the game evolution of the Royal Oak planned by Gerald Genta and unveiled at Basel in 1972 (read here the historical backdrop of this iconic timepiece).
The thought behind the plan of its case was to create a luxury sports watch amazingly robust and functional with a soft iron inward cage to make it ultra-impervious to attraction and a rubber coated crown and pushpieces combined with a noticeable gasket beneath the screwed-down bezel to make it waterproof.
Throughout the long term we had an extraordinary number of model varieties and configurations. One of the most surprising translations showed up in 2010 as the primary Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph featuring a hand-wound development and a case incorporating fashioned carbon and ceramic.
After four years, Audemars Piguet is introducing the new Royal Oak Selfwinding Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph driven by the automatic Caliber 2897 which has been especially evolved to control it.
Comprising 335 parts, the Caliber 2897 mechanism beats at 21,600 vibrations each hour and is showcased through the sapphire crystal caseback. A piece of it can likewise be seen through a special aperture at the one o’clock position. The degree of decoration is exceptionally high with classic completes such as mirror cleaning, hand chamfering, circular graining and hand-drawing.
The automatic winding framework is driven by a peripheral oscillating weight produced using silk brushed, 950 platinum and mounted on metal balls, a plan which moves the mass of the rotor to the outer edge of the development so improving winding speed and, hence, efficiency. Its situation on the edge of the development permitted the Audemars Piguet engineers not to increase the general thickness of the watch and convey the extra advantage of not concealing the beautiful development. The framework guarantees a force save of 65 hours.
The tourbillon mechanism and the use of the column wheel framework for the chronograph functions ensure the most elevated accuracy to this timepiece. The tourbillon contained inside the Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph uses a blackened, titanium connect. It takes an expert watch producer very nearly three days to gather the tourbillon carriage, which comprises 85 sections yet gauges a simple 0.45 grams.
The 44 mm case embraces multiple materials: forged carbon for the center, ceramic for the bezel, titanium and ceramic for the push pieces, titanium for the guards and rubber for the lash.
The black dial is decorated with the conventional ‘Mega Tapisserie’ theme and features gold applied hour-markers and gold Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.
The Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph (ref. 26550AU.OO.A002CA.01) will be produced in a numbered arrangement of 50 pieces and premiered at the Watches & Wonders reasonable in Hong Kong (30 September – 2 October 2014).