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 strong statement.
One of the most desirable watches to those preferring a deliberately tough, manly exterior styling to their chronographs, the Royal Oak Offshore, has just been revealed as yet another limited edition. The AP ROO Queens Road is dedicated to the first road in Hong Kong built by the British administration between the years 1841 and 1843.
Although the cause for celebration is 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 edition 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 millimeters 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. First of all, the base movement is 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 mechanism 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 chronograph 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 tachymetric scale on the bezel flange, which is, too, painted red.
To increase the chronograph’s sportiness, Audemars Piguet has equipped the ROO with pushers and the setting crown wrapped in black rubber that almost exactly matches the color of the dial.
The Queens Road‘s total production run will be limited to just 100 units.
The limited-edition model 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.
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
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Queens Road specification
Price: $26,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Calibre 3126/3840, automatic, Swiss Made
Complications: Date, chronograph module
Power reserve: 38 hours
Case: Titanium, solid titanium engraved back
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