ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE TOURBILLON 26348IO.OO.A002CA.01

  • Collection: ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE TOURBILLON
  • Model reference: 26348IO.OO.A002CA.01
  • Case/Size: Titanium, 44mm
  • Dial: Skeletonized
  • Movement: Manual-winding
  • Functions: Tourbillon, chronograph
  • Specificity: Limited Edition
  • Price: Upon request

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Description

The ‘Royal Oak’ overturned the prevailing codes in 1972 during a period of existential crisis for the watch industry due to the boom of the cheap Quartz watches made in Asia.
The company had to come with a bold, solid stainless sports steel luxury watch, they gave the mission to Gerald Genta to design it.
He got the inspiration from a deep-sea-diving helmet, the result was an octagonal bezel, visible mounting screws, a large case of 39mm with an integrated bracelet, a very futuristic design for the seventies.
Within 2-3 years they sold about 1000 watches establishing a new segment within the industry and pioneered the popularity and desirability of the steel sports luxury watch.

– In 1993 the standard Royal Oak being already 20 years old, the brand looking for a younger generation clientele came with a very polarised design with the “Royal Oak Offshore” people in the industry calling it “The Beast”.
The shocking 42mm for that time, with apparent rubber seal on the bezel, the rubber pushers were in contrast to the elegant Royal Oak but the Offshore turned out to be a great success.


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This present watch was released in a very limited edition for a Middle Eastern retailer – it has a 44mm case in titanium with the famous octagonal bezel in black ceramic as well as the crown and the push-pieces. A sapphire crystal reveals a beautiful hand skeletonised dial. The central silver hands indicates the hours & minutes while the chronograph hand strikes on the graduate inner bezel when the function is activated. A 30-minutes counter is visible at 3 o’clock with a red hand and the small seconds counter is at 9 o’clock. And the main feature is visible at 6 o’clock : an amazing Tourbillon
The manual-winding movement is visible through both sapphires and has a power reserve of 72 hours.

 

 

Audemars Piguet – bio

Audemars Piguet is a Swiss manufacturer of mechanical watches founded in 1875. They began in the Vallée de Joux. Jules Louis Audemars formed a partnership with Edward Auguste Piguet. Audemars created complicated blank watch movements for other manufactures to use. Piguet specialized in the final regulation of watches. They then split responsibilities when they began their own company. Audemars was in charge of production and technical aspects while Piguet focused on sales and management. One of their first achievements was creating the first repeater wristwatch in 1892 and in 1972 the iconic steel “Royal Oak”.

Additional information

Accessories:

Accompanied by an 'Audemars Piguet' international warranty card, product literature and a wooden presentation box