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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph - blue/blue

Audemars Piguet’s most recent releases in its Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph collection feature some contemporary design updates. Here’s a closer look at six Audemars Piguet Royal Oaks, and the similarities and differences they share with their predecessors.

The modern “26470” family of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs — launched two years ago at SIHH 2014 — maintains the case diameter of 42 mm — considered enormous when the Offshore, the more “masculine” successor to the original, smaller Royal Oak blancpain fifty fathoms bathyscaphe , was launched in 1993 — but adds some modern aesthetic touches for today’s luxury-sport-watch aficionado.

The case’s crown, chronograph push-pieces, and push-piece guards have been slightly redesigned and resized; the rubber used for the crown and push-pieces of the earlier “26170” Royal Oak Offshore watches has been replaced in the new “26470” models with black ceramic. The dial’s Arabic numeral hour markers have a more sculpted look, with polished fillet borders; the subdials and round date window are also surrounded by polished borders. The new hands are faceted and have a luminescent coating. The colors of the date disks matches those of the dials for greater uniformity.

Of course, the Royal Oak Offshore DNA is still clearly evident: the hexagonal bezel (in satin-brushed and polished steel or rose gold) secured by eight polished steel hexagonal screws; the waffle-like “Mega Tapisserie” pattern on the dial that helps enhance its depth; and the applied Audemars Piguet “AP” initials in white or rose gold directly above a white transfer brand logo on a raised cartouche.

The straps of the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore chronographs, in rubber or alligator leather, have a broader taper and a new, user-friendly pin buckle. Perhaps most importantly for high-horology fans, the watches are also equipped with sapphire casebacks through which they can view the movement, AP Caliber 3126/3840, an automatic with a 55-hour power reserve. Scroll down to see all of the 2014 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs, which are available now at retail.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph - blue/blue

Ref. 26470ST.00.A027CA.01, with a stainless steel case, royal blue dial and matching rubber strap, silver-toned counters, white numerals, white-gold hands and a blue inner bezel ($25,600)
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph black/black

Ref. 26470ST.00.A101CR.01, with steel case, black dial and matching black alligator strap, black counters, white numerals, white-gold hands, and black inner bezel ($26,000)
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph gray/black

Ref. 26470ST.00.A104CR.01, with steel case, slate gray dial and matching gray alligator strap, black counters, black numerals, white-gold hands and black inner bezel ($26,000)

Of course, the Royal Oak Offshore DNA is still clearly evident: the hexagonal bezel (in satin-brushed and polished steel or rose gold) secured by eight polished steel hexagonal screws; the waffle-like “Mega Tapisserie” pattern on the dial that helps enhance its depth; and the applied Audemars Piguet “AP” initials in white or rose gold directly above a white transfer brand logo on a raised cartouche.

The straps of the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore chronographs, in rubber or alligator leather, have a broader taper and a new, user-friendly pin buckle. Perhaps most importantly for high-horology fans, the watches are also equipped with sapphire casebacks through which they can view the movement, AP Caliber 3126/3840, an automatic with a 55-hour power reserve. All of the 2014 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs are available now at retail.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph ivory/brown

Ref. 26470ST.00.A801CR.01, with steel case, ivory-toned dial, brown counters, brown numerals, white-gold hands, brown inner bezel, and brown alligator strap ($26,000)
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph gold/black strap

Ref. 264700R.00.A002CR.01, with 18k rose gold case and rose-gold-colored dial, black counters, black numerals, rose-gold hands, black inner bezel, and black alligator strap ($40,700)

Fran?ois-Henry Bennahmias promised a streamlined collection with new mechanisms, types and supplies when he assumed the reins as CEO at Audemars Piguet four years in the past. That pledge commenced to emerge last yr with all the Royal Oak collection, and all eyes have been on it at this year’s SIHH, as the watchmaker unveiled novelties showcasing new patterns and materials across its signature line.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph gold/bracelet

Ref. 264700R.00.10000R.01, with rose gold case and rose-gold-colored dial, black counters, black numerals, rose-gold hands, black inner bezel and rose-gold bracelet with AP clasp ($69,200)

This article was originally published in 2014 and has been updated.

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