Watches: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 26217 Limited Editions

By Thierry Ané on July 29, 2014

In my book, the introduction of a new Royal Oak Offshore is always great news. The unveiling of an entire collection of three pieces is cause for celebration! Of course we have been spoiled during the SIHH with an entirely new Royal Oak Offshore 42 mm collectionWatches: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 42 mm 2014 Collection (+live pics) as well as with two beautiful white ceramic 44 mmWatches: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 44mm Black & White Ceramic (+live pics) and DiverWatches: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver White Ceramic (+live pics) models. And since then, Audemars Piguet even satisfied our craving for Haute Horlogerie watches with the titanium and platinumWatches: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph Platinum interpretations of the stunning “Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph”.


But like many other “AP” enthusiasts, my heart really starts racing only when I hear “ROO limited editions”. And in this department, the Le Brassus-based manufacture only delighted its numerous aficionados with the Doha EditionWatches: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Doha Edition in January and the Diver Queen Elizabeth II Cup 2014Watches: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Queen Elizabeth II Cup 2014 in April: two extremely appealing models but hardly enough to feed our lust for these amazing sporty timepieces and their iconic octagonal bezels!




If you ask several “Royal Oak Offshore” collectors what they really expect in a new model, I am pretty sure the answers will be as diverse as the persons you speak to. Surely the most striking models are those with a unique shape like the Juan Pablo Montoya (2002), the T3 (2003), the Shaquille O'Neal and the Alinghi (2007), the Survivor (2008), the various Rubens Barrichello (2006 to 2009), the Grand Prix (2010) or The Legacy (2011), the Michael Schumacher (2012) and lastly the LeBron James (2013).


If you set aside these extraordinary timepieces and focus your attention on the limited editions with a “regular” 42 mm Offshore case, I see two elements that really make a particular model stand out: the choice of unusual materials and/or the resort to striking colours. The Orchard Road in tantalum or the Bumble Bee in forged carbon are good examples of the former approach while the Rodeo Drive or the Montauk Highway perfectly illustrate the latter. With versions in steel, pink gold and white gold, the new Royal Oak Offshore 26217 Limited Editions do not shine by the originality of their materials, but they compensate for the lack of case exoticism with an explosion of colours!




All three models showcase the same joyful dial with a white “Méga Tapisserie” motif boosted by the same lively orange flange as the Volcano model with a black tachymeter scale and minutes track. The silver seconds counter at 12 o’clock and the two blue chronograph registers at 6 and 9 o’clock bring additional contrast to the face of the three timepieces. The index hands and Arabic numerals are filled with orange SuperLuminova and the circled “AP” logo next to the date window at 3 o’clock particularly stands out. The orange rubber on the crown and chronograph pushers completes the playful look.


With all “Royal Oak Offshore” models, the strap is an important part of the look. This could not be truer than with these three limited editions. The steel and the pink gold models come with a vivid blue horn-back alligator strap with contrasting orange stitches while the white gold interpretation is mounted on a bright orange horn-back alligator strap with blue stitching. Each timepiece is delivered with two additional rubber straps: one blue and one orange.


The Royal Oak Offshore 26217 series watches are powered by the renowned 3126 self-winding calibre with the 3840 chronograph module. Its beautiful Côtes de Genève decorations and outstanding finishing can be admired since these models are all equipped with a sapphire crystal on the back. In particular, watch lovers will appreciate the beauty of the 22-karat gold oscillating weight engraved with the coat-of-arms of the Audemars and Piguet families.




The manufacture will only produce 48 pieces in stainless steel, 12 pieces in pink gold and another 12 pieces in white gold: unlike many other “Royal Oak Offshore” models, the 26217 series timepieces are truly exclusive, making them even more desirable. Even though I would be happy to wear any of these three versions, my preference goes to the pink gold as this colour of gold works admirably with the orange colour. In any case, here are three welcomed additions to the big “Royal oak Offshore” family!


For more information please visit Audemars Piguet web site.


Additional timepieces mentioned in this article:

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 44mm White Ceramic [26402CB.OO.A010CA.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 44mm White Ceramic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Alinghi Team Forged Carbon [26062FS.OO.A002CA.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Alinghi Team Forged Carbon
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy Black Ceramic [26378IO.OO.A001KE.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy Black Ceramic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Bumble Bee Forged Carbon [26176FO.OO.D101CR.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Bumble Bee Forged Carbon
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Pink Gold [26470OR.OO.1000OR.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Pink Gold
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Pink Gold [26470OR.OO.A002CR.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Pink Gold
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Steel [26470ST.OO.A027CA.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Steel
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Steel [26470ST.OO.A101CR.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Steel
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Steel [26470ST.OO.A104CR.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Steel
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Steel [26470ST.OO.A801CR.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Steel
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Blue White Ceramic [15707CB.OO.A010CA.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Blue White Ceramic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Queen Elizabeth II Cup 2014 Tantalum and Pink Gold [15709TR-OO-A005CR-01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Queen Elizabeth II Cup 2014 Tantalum and Pink Gold
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Doha Edition Titanium [26219IO.OO.D005CR.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Doha Edition Titanium
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix Forged Carbon [26290IO.OO.A001VE.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix Forged Carbon
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Juan Pablo Montoya Platinum [26030PO.OO.D021IN.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Juan Pablo Montoya Platinum
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore LeBron James Pink Gold [26210OI.OO.A109CR.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore LeBron James Pink Gold
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Michael Schumacher Pink Gold [26568OM.OO.A004CA.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Michael Schumacher Pink Gold
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Montauk Highway Steel [26187ST.OO.D801CR.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Montauk Highway Steel
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Orchard Road Tantalum [26082TK.OO.D002CA.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Orchard Road Tantalum
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Rodeo Drive Steel [26060ST.OO.D034CR.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Rodeo Drive Steel
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Rubens Barrichello III Rose Gold [26284RO.OO.D002CR.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Rubens Barrichello III Rose Gold
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Shaquille O'Neal Steel [26133ST.OO.A101CR.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Shaquille O'Neal Steel
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Survivor Black PVD Titanium [26165IO.OO.D002CA.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Survivor Black PVD Titanium
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore T3 Silver Titanium [25863TI.OO.A080CU.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore T3 Silver Titanium
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph Platinum [26388PO.OO.D027CA.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph Platinum
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph Titanium [26387IO.OO.D002CA.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph Titanium
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Volcano Steel [26170ST.OO.D101CR.01]
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Volcano Steel