Introducing: Three New Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronographs

By Jon Bues

Quick Take

When I close my eyes and think “pure summer watch,” some variant of the Royal Oak Offshore comes to mind. The Offshore is among the most successful sequels to classic watch design that a high-end Swiss watchmaker has ever put forward. The Royal Oak Offshore’s many variations over the last 27 years are a testament to its widespread acceptance, no easy feat for a design that sought to expand upon an almost universally lauded classic. Today, we’ve got three new Offshore Selfwinding Chronographs that weave multicolored ceramic into their designs.

While each of these comes in a 44mm black ceramic case, from there they diverge a bit. The examples directly above incorporate colorful ceramic bezels, chronograph pushers, and crowns. The guards protecting the pushers are made of titanium. The third model (below) trades some of the colorful ceramic accents for 18-karat pink gold, with the chronograph pushers and crown in black ceramic. In all of the models, the applied hour markers that have typified the 44mm variation of the Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph have been replaced with large, legible numerals that recall certain executions of the 42mm Offshore Chrono.

The new Offshores are outfitted with the familiar AP Cal. 3126/3840 automatic chronograph caliber, which offers 50 hours of power reserve and runs at AP’s standard rate of 21,600 vph, or 3 Hz. It’s an AP in-house automatic movement fitted with a chronograph module by Dubois Depraz.

All three new versions of the Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph come on textured rubber straps with grooves matched to their cases. As you can see in the photo above, the patterned texture continues onto the side of the strap. They will be available exclusively at AP boutiques worldwide.

Initial Thoughts

These are big watches at 44mm x 14.4mm, but the chunky aesthetic works and is frankly part of the package that a Royal Oak Offshore customer is buying into. After all, the first Royal Oak Offshore was a large-for-its time 42mm and helped to set the tone for the oversized watch trend that would come to define the latter part of the 1990s and the Aughts. It was also designed from the get-go to be a robust, oversized chronograph.

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