Audemars Piguet Celebrates 30 Years With a New Royal Oak Offshore
Audemars Piguet introduces the Royal Oak Offshore with a new black ceramic chronograph that pays tribute to the Royal Oak Offshore “End of Days” model, released in 1999 in partnership with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Audemars Piguet has announced the release of its new Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph. This timepiece, made of black ceramic and titanium, pays tribute to the Royal Oak Offshore “End of Days” model (ref. 25770SN), released in 1999 in partnership with Arnold Schwarzenegger. This model marked a turning point for the Offshore collection, leading to numerous collaborations with celebrities. The new watch, limited to 500 pieces, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the collection with a contemporary black aesthetic highlighted by yellow details.
The Royal Oak Offshore was first launched in 1993 and made a big impression with its bold design and large proportions. It became a success a few years later, reaching beyond the world of Haute Horlogerie to establish partnerships with celebrities in sports, music, and entertainment. The release of the “End of Days” model in 1999, in collaboration with Arnold Schwarzenegger, was a major success and led to the launch of many special editions. The new Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph pays tribute to this iconic model that marked the collection’s turning point 30 years ago.
Black Ceramic Case
This latest edition of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph is made entirely of black ceramic with titanium details and weighs only 103 grams despite its generous proportions. The ceramic material used has been expertly finished to fit the complex lines of the Royal Oak Offshore case while meeting the manufacturer’s high-quality standards. The black and yellow look of the original model from 1999 is carried over to this current edition, featuring a black dial decorated with the new-generation Mega Tapisserie pattern and yellow accents on the tachymeter scale, hour markers, and luminescent coating. The watch is fitted with a textile effect black calf leather strap and yellow stitching, which can be easily interchanged with a yellow calfskin strap with black stitching.
Automatic Caliber 4401
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph is powered by the latest self-winding Calibre 4401, with a flyback function. The movement’s oscillating weight is visible through the sapphire crystal case back, which also reveals the movement’s decorations, including Côtes de Genève, circular graining, sunray finishing, circular satin finishing, and polished bevels. The case back is in titanium and is engraved with “Limited Edition of 500 Pieces.”
Audemars Piguet & Partnerships
The Royal Oak Offshore has established its reputation through collaborations with influential figures from the worlds of entertainment, sports, and music. These partnerships have enriched the collection and allowed it to evolve over time. In 1997, Arnold Schwarzenegger, a former bodybuilder and actor who was also a collector of pocket watches visited Le Brassus and was already a fan of the Audemars Piguet model. He later met François-Henry Bennahmias, who was then a young salesman. Their collaboration resulted in the creation of the Royal Oak Offshore End of Days in 1999, which coincided with the film’s release of the same name. This limited edition watch had a masculine design with a steel case treated with PVD – the first in the brand’s history – and a Kevlar strap. This successful collaboration marked the beginning of many other limited edition watches, including six Royal Oak Offshore models, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and other celebrities such as Jay-Z and LeBron James.
Price & Availability:
The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph will be available at select Audemars Piguet boutiques worldwide.
Reference 26420CE.OO.A005VE.01 Price: USD 63,000
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