Watches: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Orange Black Ceramic
By Thierry Ané on November 21, 2013
Christmas is coming soon and this is a period many of us choose to treat ourselves. I have thus decided to alternate the presentation of newly released watches that won’t be available for sale for a few months, with interesting timepieces introduced earlier this year and that you can actually find in store should you decide to indulge in a new watch.
Unveiled in January at the SIHH, the Royal Oak Offshore Diver Black Ceramic is part of Audemars Piguet’s celebration of 20 years of one of its best sellers, the Royal Oak Offshore. The new diver is the third such model to be introduced after the stainless steel version of 2010 and the forged carbon model of 2012.
With a diameter of 42.00 mm and a thickness of 13.90 mm, this watch exhibits the same measurements as its siblings. For the first time, however, the case is made of black high-tech ceramic with both polished and satin-brushed surfaces. It retains the water-resistance to 300 meters. The two easy-grip crowns and the bezel are also crafted in ceramic making this timepiece extremely scratch-resistant.
The back of the case is made of titanium and for the first time on a Royal Oak Offshore Diver is fitted with a glare-proofed sapphire crystal providing a beautiful view of Audemars Piguet’s self-winding manufacture calibre 3120 with circular “Côtes de Genève” bridges and a gorgeous engraved oscillating weight in 22-carat gold.
The face of the watch looks extremely nice too. It features Audemars Piguet’s emblematic “Méga Tapisserie” dial pattern in black with white gold hands and hour-markers. The rotating inner bezel ring with a diving scale presents a vivid orange highlighted zone from 12 o’clock to 3 o’clock (the ring was entirely black on the stainless steel version and included a yellow zone on the forged carbon model). Orange accents can also be found on the minutes and seconds hands. This colour brings more contrasts than yellow and gives a sportier look to the watch.
Like the previous two Divers, the watch is fitted with a black rubber strap and comes with a titanium pin buckle.
Above you will find a side-by-side picture of the three Royal Oak Offshore Diver models for comparison. The forged carbon and black ceramic models are definitely more edgy and sporty. I think, however, that the pictures don’t exactly do justice to the black ceramic version. The watch is truly stunning in person with its bright orange and I feel confident that any Royal Oak Offshore aficionado will fall for this watch at first sight.
If you want to see the watch, though, you will have to find the nearest Audemars Piguet boutique since it won’t be sold through retailers: Audemars Piguet, like a few other brands, has decided that they don’t want to share the margins with their authorized dealers…