Back in 1993 when the “Royal Oak Offshore” was first introduced, as one of the biggest watches on the market at the time, there were mixed-opinions. Although it's now unquestionable how much of a landmark this watch was in its oversized category. After multiple variations and having produced as big as 48 mm editions. This new release takes it back to a 42mm diameter, making it an “evolution” of their 1993 original.The 42mm case can be had in either stainless-steel, titanium, or an 18k pink gold version. Mounted to each case is the iconic octagonal bezel with exposed screws. Both the stainless-steel and 18k pink gold models feature blue rubber push-pieces, crown, plus the gasket sealing the bezel onto the case; while the titanium models include these same rubber elements in black.On the flip-side all of these AP watches have a sapphire exhibition caseback, which allows to view the inner workings of the new 4044 caliber movement and its 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight.It comes equipped with a setting-crown on two push-pieces to operate the chronograph functions. All topped by a glareproofed sapphire crystal, water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).Time is exhibited on two types of dial layouts in multiple color options: blue, gray, and khaki-green. The stainless-steel and titanium versions are offered with the Méga Tapisserie pattern, while the others have used the Petite Tapisserie pattern. The main differences between these dials is that the Méga Tapisserie (first seen in 2001) is made by machine stamping, while the Petite Tapisserie (represent an evolution to the 1993 original) are traditionally made by computer controlled guilloché and they have inverted the hours and small-seconds counters. But, in common they all placed the 30-minute counter at the 9 o’clock position.These “evolution” models also have a date window at the 3 o’clock spot with an integrated loupe glass to magnify the date numerals, just as seen on the 1993 original debut.It comes equipped with long round-tipped central hands crafted by each version case alloy; plus an inner bezel with a tachymeter scale. The hands, hour index markers and Arabic numerals have all been fitted with a luminescent hue, for an enhanced legibility.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 42mm Evolution
The “Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 42mm Evolution” (References below) are powered by the new self-winding in-house mechanical movement, caliber 4404 with 40 jewels, 433 components, and 28,800 Vph. It comes equipped by a column-wheel operated chronograph with flyback and date. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 70 hours, when fully wound.Mounted on these watches are an assortment of interchangeable straps made of rubber, leather, or metal bracelets matching each version's case material. For more up to date information visit the official Audemars Piguet website here.
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