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The New Generation of AP Royal Oak Offshores Begins with a Flying Tourbillon

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Flyback Chronograph 43mm

Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak is one of the most versatile designs in watchmaking, effortlessly ranging from smart dress watches to sporty chronographs to extraordinary pieces of haute horology. They do however tend towards the large, especially the unashamedly bulky Offshore. Now though, the latest in the sporty end of the collection combines the Offshore’s classic sporty aesthetics with a haute horological movement in a newly designed 43mm case.

Let’s talk cases. As I just mentioned, the Flying Tourbillon Chronograph finds itself in a case measuring 43mm in diameter, the first in a series of 43mm Royal Oak Offshores that Audemars Piguet have released. The new case is made from titanium with a black PVD coating finished with a combination of hand polished chamfers and sandblasting – expect to see plenty more high-end finishes before this article is over. It’s also been given an ergonomic refinement with contemporary vertical curving to the octagonal bezel and sapphire crystal.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Flyback Chronograph 43mm

While the case is strictly sporty in its design, the dial is more extravagant. Large portions of the flyback chronograph movement are visible through the openworked bridges and transparent chronograph counters that are offset towards 3 and 9 o’clock. The bridges are made from titanium and have been given a black PVD coating – some of which has been chamfered off to reveal the titanium beneath, giving the dial a two tone colouration. The movement and bridges have been finished with a mix of satin-polish, hand polished chamfers and sandblasting.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Flyback Chronograph 43mm

To contrast with the predominantly grey dial, the central hour and minute hands are made from 18k white gold and the flyback chronograph hand is red. A flyback chronograph is a complication that allows you to reset the chronograph function immediately, even mid-use. However, the standout feature of the dial that I have so far neglected to mention is the flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock. Tourbillons are designed to reduce the effects of gravity on the accuracy of a timepiece and ‘flying’ means that it’s supported from underneath, so it appears to be hovering.

This is the first time that the specific combination of a flying tourbillon and flyback chronograph has been used on a Royal Oak Offshore. What this means for the rest of the collection is relatively straightforward: expect many more high complications in 43mm Offshores.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Flyback Chronograph 43mm

This is the first time that the specific combination of a flying tourbillon and flyback chronograph has been used on a Royal Oak Offshore. What this means for the rest of the collection is relatively straightforward: expect many more high complications in 43mm Offshores.

The movement is the Calibre 2967, which was first used by Audemars Piguet in the Code 11.59 although it has received a slight redesign to fit the new case size and an aesthetic makeover. It’s an automatic piece with a power reserve of 65-hours.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Flyback Chronograph 43mm

As for straps, it comes with AP’s interchangeable system so any of their variations will fit, but it comes with a black rubber and black alligator strap as standard. On the sapphire caseback you’ll also find an inscription that reads ‘Royal Oak Offshore Limited Edition of 100 Pieces’ because this is indeed a limited edition watch, priced at CHF 242,100 excluding taxes.

Price & Specs:

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph
Reference: 26622TI.GG.D002CA.01
Case/Dial: 43mm diameter x 15.5mm thickness, titanium, open-worked dial
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: Manufacture Calibre 2967, automatic, 40 jewels, 526 parts
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Power Reserve: 65h
Functions: Hours, minutes, flying tourbillon, flyback chronograph
Strap: Interchangeable black rubber strap with additional interchangeable black hand-stitched “large square-scale” alligator strap
Price/Availability: CHF 242,100 (excl. taxes), limited to 100 pieces

More details at Audemars Piguet.

About the author

Michael Sonsino

As Junior Content Producer for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. While a relative newcomer to the magazine, he's nonetheless a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better.

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