Made of the rarest metal on Earth, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph, unveiled to the world at SIHH 2014 – steals my heart. Bold and beautiful – this complicated piece is all about robust luxury with its ceramic bezel and brushed finishing. You’ll get noticed wearing this. Additionally, like so many watch collectors know, the blue dial just draws you in – and from there you’re lost in Royal Oak Offshore bliss.
Before we delve in to the aesthetic attributes of this new platinum piece (previously only offered in 18-karat pink gold), we want to remind you of the technical prowess of the 44mm watch. That is: tourbillon with integrated column wheel chronograph. The hand-wound Audemars Piguet Caliber 2912 consists of 328 hand-assembled parts and offers 10 days of power reserve.
The powerful open-worked blue dial features a 30-minut chronograph register at 3:00 and tourbillon escapement at 9:00. Additionally there are two apertures harmoniously balanced at 12:00 and 6:00 that allow for glimpses of the superb movement and finishing. Sharp white Arabic numerals and white gold hands with luminescent coating add nice contrast — understated and elegant. The watch features a tachymeter scale, and an anti-reflective crystal and caseback. The color-coordinated blue rubber strap adds a dash of sporty appeal to the ultra comfortable watch. Just as the watch carries a bit of weight to it thanks to the platinum, the price tag is a bit weighty, as well. It retails for $313,900.