Luckily, it is not all teary-eyed past-reviving that’s happening at this anniversary — kudos to AP for that. 26421ST and 26421OR, which possess a completely new layout in two instance materials.Based on two earlier Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph watches, especially the Ref. 26388PO (watch our hands on with it) and 26288OR, these fresh Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph watches come in stainless steel and 18k rose gold and feature a brand new case design which has a thinner bezel and a more open dial. Nevertheless, the identifying Royal Oak Offshore design traits are undamaged. The 45mm case is still angular, the bezel is still octagonal, and there’s no lost those exposed hexagonal screws around the bezel. Water resistance is also 100m. On the dial, an individual can observe the vulnerable movement and the tourbillon at 9 o’clock. Opposite the tourbillon in 3 o’clock is your 30-minute counter for the chronograph. Also clearly visible are the two mainspring barrels. Royal Oak Offshore fanatics are definitely eager to know the prices, and we’ll update the article once we are able to confirm. Every Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 25th Anniversary model is limited to 50 pieces.
Now, the “best” for Audemars Piguet means their attempting to make the most clear and crisp sound of any moment repeater. The newest points into three accomplishments demonstrated within this particular watch, which I shall briefly run through. To begin with, the unique preparation of the steel used to produce the gong structure makes it possible for the watchmakers to more accurately and easily correct and enhance the pitch, tone, and harmony of this minute repeater. Second, the method by which in which the case is built minimizes sound absorption and maximizes amplification. I will discuss this “soundboard” technique a bit in the future. Last, the striking regulator is redesigned so the anchor system behaves like a shock absorber, minimizing shock noise.One of the most important components of a second repeater watch is the case because it’s responsible for amplifying the noise. It’s often said that gold would be the best material for the job as it generates a richer sound, but the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie Tourbillon Chronograph watch opts for titanium. In case you have any questions about that, you only have to check at exotic supercars and their titanium exhausts. Titanium is also used elsewhere round the watch to improve the quality of the noise, but more on this later.The use of titanium also suggests that despite the watch’s sizable dimensions, in 44mm wide and 16.5mm thick, it stays light and comfy to wear. And thanks to its aesthetic, the situation design immediately identifies the opinion as a Royal Oak Concept and nothing else.It goes without saying that the case is completed to an impeccably high standard with contrasting finishing. The bezel has mirror polished edges and features a satin-brushed complete on the top, which complements the exposed polished 18k white gold screw heads. The situation has been sandblasted and has a matte finish which juxtaposes very well with the more slender bezel. The huge crown and chronograph pushers are made out of ceramic.
Created for a nation where the Audemars Piguet Offshore is deeply desirable, the Royal Oak Offshore “Pride of Indonesia” is a 100-piece limited edition in titanium and pink gold with the national emblem Garuda Pancasila on the case back.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore “Pride of Indonesia” is an old school 42mm Offshore in titanium, with the crown and pushers covered in synthetic rubber (not the ceramic of the current Offshore). The case back is in pink gold case and decorated with a relief of Garuda Pancasila, an eagle that’s the national symbol of Indonesia. The dial is dark grey with a brushed finish, an unusual look for the Offshore which typically features dials decorated with the checkerboard “mega tapisserie” guilloche. And the numerals, hands, sub-dials and flange are gilded in pink gold.
Underneath the pink gold case back is the calibre 3126/3840, AP’s in-house automatic movement with a Dubois-Depraz chronograph module on top.
AP has been more judicious with limited editions since the current chief executive Francois Bennahmias took over, so such Offshores are appearing at a lower frequency than before. The Pride of Indonesia is the sixth in the “Pride” series, after Russia (2005), China (2008), Mexico and Argentina (both in 2010), and most recently Thailand (2013), all middle income countries with a high Gini coefficient. The very first Pride of Indonesia, numbered 001/100, will be auctioned for charity during the launch event today, with all the proceeds going to the National Museum of Indonesia. The Pride of Indonesia (ref. 26179IR.OO.A005CR.01) is fitted to a dark grey alligator strap with a titanium tang buckle with a pink gold pin. It’s limited to 100 pieces, with a retail price of S$53,400, and available at Audemars Piguet boutiques in Jakarta and Singapore.