Trusted Audemars Piguet Introduces Facelifted Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 44mm, Including First-Ever Titanium Model Replica Watches Young Professional
Three new versions are being added into the Millenary set at SIHH next month, with smaller instances and much more sparkle than ever before. The Millenary is one of three collections from Audemars Piguet
Three new versions are being added into the Millenary set at SIHH next month, with smaller instances and much more sparkle than ever before. The Millenary is one of three collections from Audemars Piguet that include ladies’ watches, but basically, it’s the most female-centric of the full collections inside the brand. The Royal Oak and the Royal Oak Offshore both have women’ versions, but they started as, and are understood chiefly as men’s collections. The jewellery collections are limited-edition one-offs, certainly not created for everyday wear or pocketbooks. That leaves the Audemars Piguet Millenary, using its own unique elliptical case and off-center dial.The Millenary set, which was launched in 1995, has always been a stage for watchmaking’s metiers d’art, about a decade ahead of the resurgence of these crafts in the rest of the watch world. Gem-setting is a particular strength of this collection identifying the watches in the sportier Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore ladies’ pieces. At the same time, a partially openworked dial gives the Millenary a specialized aspect — a reminder that it comes from one of the leading makers of mechanical motions. The Millenary, last upgraded in 2015, will be refreshed with three brand new models at SIHH following month in Geneva, for example two all-gold versions set with diamonds and one gold instance version using a strap.The case on the strap variant has a “frosted gold” finish that gives it the appearance of hand-finished jewelry. It’s made by employing a diamond-tipped instrument to produce tiny indentations throughout the surface, culminating in a shimmering sparkle, like snow. The finish was introduced last year around the women’ Royal Oak. On the Millenary, it is applied between polished sections on the stepped bezel and lugs, and to areas of the case side. The signature offset sub-dials that record hours, minutes, and seconds are set with a fresh dial substance for this group. Audemars Piguet also adds a style watch element to the strap variant.
Nicknamed the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph “Novelty”, the 44mm version of Audemars Piguet‘s octagonal sports chronograph was not the focus of the new Royal Oak models unveiled at SIHH 2017, but nonetheless got a facelift with new dials (while keeping everything else the same). More significantly, a new version in titanium was added – the lightweight alloy’s debut for the “Novelty”.
The Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 44mm in titanium (ref. 26400IO.OO.A004CA.01) features a contrasting black ceramic bezel, and paired with a dark grey dial as well as a grey rubber strap.
The facelifted Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph in pink gold (ref. 26401RO.OO.A002CA.02) now has a black dial with pink gold accents. The hands, hour markers, chapter ring as well as printed text are all in pink gold, giving the dial greater contrast compared to the earlier model, which was white on black.
And the last of the trio is the “Novelty” in black ceramic (ref. 26405CE.OO.A002CA.02). Unlike the earlier version that had a black and silver colour scheme, the new ceramic chronograph has a black dial with pink gold accents, as well as a touch of dark blue. The hands, hour markers and dial text are pink gold, while the chronograph hands are tipped in dark blue.
As before, the trio are all powered by the calibre 3126/3840, which is AP’s in-house automatic calibre topped with a chronograph module made by Dubois-Depraz.
Price and availability
The titanium model is priced at SFr27,500, while the black ceramic is SFr29,000. And the pink gold is SFr41,550.