In 1993, 21 years after the introduction of the Royal Oak, Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak Offshore. It was time for an evolution regarding the Royal Oak collection, to make it more rugged, more sporty and - perhaps - younger. The Offshore is the most popular Audemars Piguet collection without a doubt. several purists though, might prefer the 'normal' Royal Oak collection as it is more or less an understatement, and yes, closer to the original design of 1972.
Last week in Geneva, we had the opportunity to go hands-on with the new replica audemars piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph. A two-register chronograph version of the Offshore Diver. These four new Offshore Diver Chronograph watches will be exclusively available in Audemars Piguet boutiques. A few years ago, the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 'Bumblebee' was also made out of forged carbon and was extremely popular.
No in-house developed chronograph movement this year yet, but another piggy backing movement based on their in-house caliber 3120 movement. Because the Offshore case is bigger and thicker, it is easier to bump into something with it. This chronograph calibre 3124/3841 movement has two registers, one for the seconds and one for recording the minutes using the chronograph function.
We've had our share of dents in our own AP Royal Oaks, seen several pretty beaten up ones from others as well and with the Offshore it is even worse in most cases. Although CEO Francois-Henry Bennahmias said in an interview with Revolution (2014) that there will be a truly integrated chronograph movement rather sooner than later, this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph still has a module movement (or piggy backing movement). The picture we show you, is taken from the new 15400OR model, but is exactly the same movement. Is that bad? In terms of functionality, it isn't bad or giving different results than a dedicated chronograph movement. Several time I do wish that Audemars Piguet could find a way to use those vintage models for their current collections. Replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Diver ChronographEspecially for a company as Audemars Piguet who belongs to the highest regions of fine watchmaking, it's possibly difficult to explain why they don't have an integrated chronograph movement for their Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore models.
The regular 41mm Royal Oak Chronograph at least uses the F.Piguet chronograph movement. The blue version has a blue inner diving bezel with yellow accents, matching the small seconds hand, tip of the chronograph seconds hand and frame of the large minute hand. One of the things that immediately comes to mind is the clever use of scratch resistant (black) ceramic for its bezel. No more use of rubber on these, which they used for previous Offshore models.
In the mid-1990's, when my love for mechanical Audemars Piguet replica watches really took off, I bought as many magazines and watch books I could possibly find as information on the internet was rather difficult to find and not so common as it is now. In a couple of these generic watch books, giving the reader an overview of different fake watch brands and their models, I always had a couple of favorite brands I'd like to read about. One of them was Audemars Piguet.