Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is introducing the Royal Oak Offshore Flying Tourbillon Flyback-Chronograph into its recently updated Offshore collection. The watch combines a flyback chronograph with a flying tourbillon. Furthermore, it is a limited edition of only 100 pieces.
The case of the new model is titanium, and measures 43 mm in diameter. Interestingly, to improve ergonomics, the polished bevelled edges of the titanium case are now wider than previous models. In addition, the bezel and the anti-reflective sapphire crystal are now vertically rounded. Meanwhile, the alternation between hand-polished bevels and sandblasted surfaces creates a level of contrast across the watch. Additionally, a sapphire crystal caseback reveals the movement. Last but not least, the case withstands water pressure up to 10 bar or 100 m.
The dial: Setting the scene for the mechanics
The open-worked dial of the Royal Oak Offshore Flying Tourbillon Flyback-Chronograph, with its black outer ring and two transparent chronograph counters, showcases the two-tone movement. Two broad hands in white gold indicate the time. However, the watch omits indices. Rather, an outer ring displays the minute scale. Furthermore, instead of the full Audemars Piguet signature, there is only the ‘AP’ logo on the front. Finally, the red chronograph hands round off the dial with a splash of colour.
The movement of the Royal Oak Offshore Flying Tourbillon Flyback-Chronograph
Fans will recognise the calibre 2967 from the Code 11.59 line. The calibre, now in a modified form powers the Royal Oak Offshore Flying Tourbillon Flyback-Chronograph. The movement offers a power reserve of 65 hours and an automatic winding mechanism with a 22-carat gold weight. The chronograph with flyback function makes it possible to restart a time measurement without having to stop it first. In addition, a column wheel ensures smooth switching operations. Audemars Piguet places the flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock, which compensates for the influence of gravity on the balance. The size of the movement has been adapted to fit the case. In addition, the manufacture decorates the movement with titanium bridges with a black PVD coating, containing colour-contrasting titanium inserts. The polished outer bevels of the bridges highlight the contrast between the surfaces. The oscillating weight also receives a PVD finish.
Royal Oak Offshore: Now with interchangeable strap system
Just like the other models in the 2021 Offshore collection, the Royal Oak Offshore Flying Tourbillon Flyback-Chronograph features the new strap changing system. It allows the wearer to quickly replace the strap by simply sliding it out. With the double push system, the manufacturer guarantees optimal safety when worn. The watch comes on a black rubber strap with an AP folding clasp, which uses sandblasted titanium. Last but not least, a hand-sewn black interchangeable strap made of alligator leather is also included.
Finally, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Flying Tourbillon Flyback-Chronograph Automatic is released in a limited edition of 100 pieces. The price is not yet publicly available.
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