These new limited editions are so surprising that many amateurs, when they saw the first photos on the web, thought they were montage! Nay. These are indeed new Royal Oak Offshore. In all, five new references available in 37 and 43 mm with two models in titanium, two set in white gold and one in black ceramic. The Tapestry dials reproduce the pattern of an equalizer (or VU-meter) such as one finds in recording studios.
Sound has always been at the heart of watchmaking. Long before the time could be read on
a dial, thanks to the bells that sounded the hour, for example.
Since its foundation, Audemars Piguet has continued to build bridges with the world of music, in particular by playing a pioneering role in the development of chiming watches.
Today, these new Royal Oak Offshore celebrate this long-standing relationship: dial
Tapestry reproducing the patterns of an equalizer, studs with a knurled texture reminiscent of holds
jack and crown guards inspired by mixer faders.
These automatic hour, minute and second models have a curved sapphire crystal from 6 to 12 o’clock and widened chamfers.
The first two models are made of titanium in two diameters of 37 mm and 43 mm, thus adapting to different wrist sizes. Both have a blue dial that serves as a background for the colored transfer of the VU meter.
The dial is completed by the AP monogram applique in polished white gold at 12 o’clock as well as hour and minute hands and hour markers, also in white gold, with a luminescent coating for optimal visibility in the dark.
The 37mm model sports the aesthetic codes of the Royal Oak Offshore chronographs of the same diameter and also incorporates the widened chamfers and curved crystal of the latest 43mm iterations. The absence of the date window leaves all the space for the colorful pattern of the equalizer.
The piece comes with an interchangeable blue rubber strap with a “mosaic effect” pattern, which matches the color of the dial. This is the first time that a 37 mm model has been fitted with the bracelet interchangeability system introduced by the manufacture in 2021 on the Royal Oak Offshore collection.
Three additional straps in turquoise, yellow and green rubber, also with a “mosaic effect” pattern, complete the model.
For its part, the 43 mm version is a continuation of the models launched in 2021. It comes with an interchangeable blue rubber strap, matching the dial, also accompanied by three additional straps in turquoise, yellow rubber and green delivered in
Equipped with a sapphire crystal and titanium caseback engraved with the words “Limited Edition of 500 Pieces”, these two
references offer a unique view of the automatic movements that drive them.
This new line also includes two 37 mm and 43 mm white gold models whose dial and bezel are set with “Harmony” cut colored stones. Both versions have a blue aventurine dial reproducing – as on the titanium models – the image of a music VU meter.
The ten colors making up the columns of the equalizer are obtained here thanks to the invisible crimping of different stones: rubies, peridots, tsavorites, green, blue and orange sapphires. Similar colored stones (rubies, tsavorites and yellow, orange, green and blue sapphires) also adorn the bezel of the two references, matching the tones of the dial.
As a reminder, the “Harmony” cut was developed to give more life to very fine stones. The cutting angles of the faceted pavilion of each stone have been adapted to provide optimum reflection while retaining maximum color despite the extreme thinness of the stones (0.65 mm for the dial).
This technique also makes it possible to hide the grooves necessary for the invisible setting used on the dial. Uncommon, the invisible setting makes it possible to obtain a thin finish (0.85 mm maximum for the dial). To replicate the play of light on the dial, the stones adorning the bezel also feature the “Harmony” cut – an industry first for larger stones.
The 37 mm reference is adorned with 166 stones for a total of ~3.7 carats while the variant
of 43 mm shines for its part of 230 stones for a total of ~6.15 carats. Just like the models
in titanium, these two references feature the polished AP monogram applique at 12 o’clock as well as
indexes and hands in white gold.
They are completed by an interchangeable blue strap – with a “mosaic effect” pattern for the 37 mm reference – which comes with three additional rubber straps in turquoise, yellow and green.
Finally, this new line dedicated to music is completed by a 43 mm model designed in black ceramic. Its monochrome aesthetic is contrasted by titanium elements: the studs reminiscent of the pattern of the jack sockets, the crown guards inspired by the faders and the pin buckle of the bracelet.
Sharp with the sobriety of the room, the equalizer made up of 10 different colors transferred
on the Tapestry, illuminates the dial and gives it a very contemporary look. The titanium and sapphire crystal caseback, which reveals the hand-finishing of the movement, is engraved with the words “Limited Edition of 250 Pieces”.
This timepiece is completed with an interchangeable black rubber strap matching the tone of the case. Three additional rubber straps in turquoise, yellow and green tones allow style variations according to mood.
These Royal Oak Offshore models are driven by two automatic hour, minute and second movements with no date indication in order to leave the colorful pattern of the dial in the spotlight.
The two 37 mm references are equipped with the new Caliber 5909. This is the first time that a
automatic movement hour, minute, second is integrated in this diameter.
Caliber 5909 is based on the Caliber 5900 which first appeared at Audemars Piguet in 2022 on the 37mm Royal Oak references. Replacing Caliber 3120, this movement has the advantage of being thinner (3.9 mm instead of 4.26 mm) and of offering a higher frequency than its predecessor (4 Hz instead of 3 Hz). It also has a 60-hour power reserve.
The 43 mm variations are powered by Caliber 4309, the automatic movement
hour, minute, second of this most recent diameter developed by the Manufacture. Its diameter
generous offers it optimal chronometry, while its power reserve is a minimum of 70 hours.
All models are fitted with a sapphire case-back which reveals the emblematic decorations of Haute
Clockwork, such as Côtes de Genève, satin finishing, perlage, drawn lines and chamfers
polished, as well as the oscillating weight dedicated to the collection in 22-carat pink gold with
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