Known for its rugged, even somewhat rough design, the legendary family of sporty chronographs welcomes the new member: the gorgeous Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Queens Road (ref. 26198TI.OO.D101CR.01). Featuring an eye-catching combination of black and red of the dial and strap, as well as cold grey of its sand-blasted titanium body, the new timepiece makes a very strong statement.
One of the most desirable watches to those preferring a deliberately tough, manly exterior styling to their chronographs, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore, has just been revealed as a yet another limited edition. The AP ROO Queens Road is dedicated to the first road in Hong Kong built by the British administration between years 1841 and 1843.
Although the cause for celebration seems to be a little far-fetched, it is always a pleasure to see yet another member of the mighty family that Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger loves so much.
The new watch is delivered in a large titanium case measuring 42 millimeters in width and almost 15 millimeters in thickness.
As usual, the AP ROO doesn’t take too much space on a person’s wrist, but the proportions of the body make it look really massive, even, if you are a skinny type, ridiculously so. If you plan to order it from an online retailer, make sure you first try it in a brick and mortar shop closest to your location.
Part of the blame for the timekeeper’s impressive girth goes to the Audemars Piguet Calibre 3126/3840 automatic movement that powers this cold beauty.
Although the base caliber measures only 4.26 mm in height, the chronograph module that the luxury brand outsources from the well-known complications specialist Dubois Depraz adds almost three millimeter to the grand total increasing the caliber’s thickness to 7.16 mm. Add here a thick solid case back and a heroically proportioned fixed bezel, which is attached to the case with eight titanium screws and here we have our little hamburger.
By the way, if the use of a third party complication module troubles you a little, don’t be. The first of all, the base movement is really good not only in terms of finish and build quality, but also from the point of view of design. The fact that Audemars Piguet uses an add-on module from another manufacturer indeed makes the watch less reliable (at least, in theory) and will probably make the watch a little bit more expensive to service when you run out of warranty, but otherwise there is nothing wrong with that.
The automatic chronograph watch features the same layout as the base model, including the famous Mega Tapisserie pattern of its dial, but is painted in an anarchist black and red color scheme.
The red elements include the huge Arabic numerals, hour and minute hands (all of those covered with luminescent Superluminova paint) and the high-contrast stitching on the black Hornback crocodile leather strap with titanium AP-branded folding clasp.
Of course, there is also an inevitable tachometric scale on the bezel flange, which is, too, painted red.
To increase the chronograph’s sportiness, the Swiss watchmaker equipped the timepiece with pushers and setting crown wrapped in black rubber that almost exactly matches the color of the dial.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Queens Road watch total production run will be limited to just 100 units.
The timepiece is assigned the 26198TI.OO.D101CR.01 reference number and will sell at an impressive price of HK$203,000, which roughly converts to not so scary-looking $26,000 USD.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4.5/5
Value for Money: 4.5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Photos: Audemars Piguet
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Queens Road watch specification
Price range: $26,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Calibre 3126/3840, automatic, Swiss Made
Complications: Date, chronograph module
Power reserve: 38 hours
Case material: Titanium, solid titanium engraved caseback
Case size: 42.00 mm
Case height: 14.70 mm
Dial: Black with red numerals and hands
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black Hornback crocodile leather strap