Audemars Piguet might be celebrating the Golden Jubilee of the Royal Oak, but that hasn't meant that it is ignoring its Offshore line. The luxury watchmaker has introduced five new variants of the Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Music Edition. The new models come in 37mm and 43mm and in variants of titanium, gem-set 18K white gold, and black ceramic. While the 37mm and 42mm titanium versions are limited to 500 pieces each, Ref 15600CE.OO.A002CA.01 in black ceramic is limited edition to only 250 pieces.
The tapisserie dial of the models has been employed to showcase the music connect. The 37mm titanium version (Ref. 77600TI.OO.A343CA.01) features a blue dial on which rests a printed, coloured equaliser, while in the 37mm white gold model (Ref. 77601BC.YY.D343CA.01), the printed VU metre is replaced by a gem-set version resting on an aventurine dial. 'Harmony' cut stones - sapphires, tsavorites, peridots and rubies create the equalizer in an invisible setting. Both variants get the new Calibre 5909, which is based on Calibre 5900. The new Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Music Editions get an AP logo at 12 o’clock in white gold, bar-shaped 18K hour markers in white gold, and hours, minutes, seconds hands getting luminescent coating.
The standard octazonal bezel features eight visible screws or coloured “Harmony”-cut stones in rubies, peridots, tsavorites, green, blue and orange sapphires with a set of eight visible screws, and no date window. Both watches get a screw-down crown and a power reserve of a minimum 60 hours. Turning the watch reveals the sapphire open caseback with an oscillating weight, engraving of ‘Limited Edition’, and ‘Of 500 pieces’ with eight visible screws in the titanium version. Water-resistance of both watches is 50 metres, and the dials are flanked by interchangeable, blue rubber straps with mosaic-effect pattern. There is also an option of straps in turquoise, green and yellow rubber.
Next in line in line are two 43mm timepieces Ref.15600TI.OO.A343CA.01, a limited edition to 500 pieces, is crafted in titanium, while Ref.15601BC.YY.D343CA.01 is cased in white gold. Both these references get the new Calibre 4309 with a minimum 70 hours of power reserve. Looking aesthetically similar to their 37mm counterparts, the 43mm models come with a water resistance of 100m. Both the models feature interchangeable blue rubber strap bearing a “mosaic effect” pattern and matching the dial colour. Additional straps are also available in turquoise, yellow and green rubber straps, also featuring a “mosaic effect” motif and come in a presentation box.
This new 43mm line up also includes an all-black ceramic, 250 piece limited edition Ref. 15600CE.OO.A002CA.01 timepiece. The monochrome look of this watch are accentuated by titanium studs, and crown guards. The watch gets a black bezel with eight visible screws, and a black dial featuring a 60-minute inner ring. The black dial features Tapisserie motif a printed VU meter, white gold hour markers and an AP logo at 12 o’clock with luminescent coating with a screw-locked crown. The watch is powered by Calibre 4309 with a power reserve of minimum 70 hours. Turning the watch reveals a titanium and sapphire caseback with eight visible screws and an oscillating weight in 22K pink gold with black NAC coating, engravings of ‘Limited edition’ and ‘Of 250 Pieces’. The watch gets a 100m water resistance. Completing the watch is an interchangeable black rubber strap with additional straps in turquoise, yellow and green rubber.
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