SIHH '18 - Open Concept: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph

A limited edition Royal Oak Offshore to celebrate the collection’s 25th anniversary.

BY Celine Yap | Jan 16, 2018 | Feature

Image by Audemars Piguet

The Royal Oak Offshore made waves 25 years ago for its supremely oversized case that exposed the waterproofing gasket of the case – a component that was traditionally kept hidden. Breaking such a cardinal rule of watch design established the Offshore as a symbol of avant-garde watchmaking and in the two-and-a-half decades since its inception, this watch has never waned in popularity.

But Audemars Piguet has never been one to rest on its laurels. Among the many new watches commemorating the 25th anniversary of this hyper-aggressive timepiece, one version had the Offshore redesigned in a completely different style – one that you’ve got to see to believe. While the core exterior has been retained, the movement architecture is something else entirely.

Openworked so you could see through the watch, it has sandblasted titanium bridges supporting the movement from the flange, so that the movement appears to be suspended inside the case. A flat sapphire crystal optimises visual clarity so every element can be clearly admired, from the tourbillon at nine o’clock to the twin barrels providing 173 hours of power reserve.

Not without controversy, this is a 'love it or hate it' model. But if you think about it, the best-sellers always do.