At the recent SIHH 2010 trade show the major Swiss watchmaking brand has presented a bunch of new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph watches. Although a normal AP ROO is usually associated with massive, larger than life bodies that weigh so much you can actually use the watch for self-defense, this new line comes in a more compact 37 mm case. More than that, it is positioned as a unisex model!
Correct me if I am wrong, but it seems like it is the first time that the new breed of 37 mm Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph timekeepers is not directly marketed as a line of ladies watches.
Of course, I can not easily imagine a man wearing a diamond-studded Ref. 26048SK.ZZ.D002CA.01 or Ref. 26092CK.ZZ.D002CA.01models, but the rest of the pack, which is coming in stainless steel and rubber, does indeed successfully combine ruggedness and small size to be worn both by ladies and men that happen to own particularly skinny wrists.
The most universal choice in this respect is the Ref. 26283ST.OO.D002CA.01 model (pictured,) which is available in a stainless steel case on a black rubber strap.
Combining mirror-polished and brushed surfaces, the body of the watch offers you all the family features of a normal Royal Oak Offshore without the extreme size and extra weight.
Like all the other models, this one is powered by the well-known AP 2385 automatic caliber featuring a column wheel chronograph and vertical clutch.
Based on the FP 1185 ultra-thin self-winding caliber, the movement is only 5.5 mm high, so there is a good chance that the watch will also be rather thin compared to other APROOs that are delivered with more sophisticated calibers.
Regrettably, you will not be able to admire the movement since the watch is shipped with a solid case back made of polished stainless steel.
Photos: Audemars Piguet
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 37 mm (Ref. 26283ST.OO.D002CA.01) watch specification
Price range: $21,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Caliber AP 2385, automatic, 37 jewels, 21,600 vph, 5.5 mm high, 26.2 mm in diameter, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Complications: Chronograph, date
Power reserve: 40 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Round, Octagonal bezel
Transparent case back: No, solid caseback
Case size: 37.00 mm
Case height: No data
Hands: Stainless steel
Strap: Black rubber
Crystal: Sapphire, anti-reflection coated
Water resistance: 20 meters