The renowned Royal Oak manufacturer,Audemars Piguet, has just announced the expansion of its 37mm Royal Oak Offshore collection, nearly doubling the lineup. This quintet is really a quartet and a solo act, with four gem-set chronographs and a limited-edition black ceramic three-hander, released to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Offshore. If nothing else, they seem to reveal AP’s strategy when it comes to its smaller watches. That is to say, with nine of 11 37mm ROOs encrusted in jewels, AP seems to be marketing these watches to women as opposed to purely expanding its smaller watch offerings. Let’s dive into these new rather striking watches,1:1 replica watches uk which bring a big dose of color to the smaller Offshore.
The cases of the Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph 37mm models haven’t changed much, if at all. Offered in 18k yellow gold, 18k pink gold, or stainless steel, all four options feature gem-set bezels. The stainless steel model and one of the pink-gold models feature 32 brilliant-cut diamonds, while the yellow gold has a yellow-to-blue gradient of 32 baguette-cut green tsavorites and blue and yellow sapphires. The second rose gold model features 32 rubies, tsavorites, topaz, tanzanites, amethysts and orange, yellow, green, blue, violet and pink sapphires for a striking rainbow gradient—surely this will standout for most people. The cases measure 12.4mm-thick, but offer a pitiful 50m of water resistance despite a screw-down crown. For comparison, most of Patek’s sport chronos are rated to 120m and Vacheron’s are rated to 150m—though the Patek Aqaunaut 7968, arguably the closest thing PP has to these AP chronos, offers an even sadder 30m.
The Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Music Edition is offered in a black fully ceramic case that measures slimmer at 12.1mm but features the same exceptional brushed and polished finishing as its siblings. Of note on this case, the lug studs and crown guards are titanium and feature a knurling that gives the watch a sportier look than the other releases and that is exclusive to the Music Edition models. The water resistance from the screw-down ceramic crown is the same as the chronographs, which is to say, not much.
All the models are paired rubber straps equipped with AP’s proprietary interchangeable strap system. While the chronographs get more run-of-the-mill designs, the black rubber strap on the Music Edition has a mosaic pattern that echoes the dials pattern. The quick-change system is easily activated by depressing the two tabs where the strap meets the underside of the case, and just as novel, the folding buckle on the chronographs are interchangeable (the Music Edition features a titanium pin buckle). Of note,fake watches each of the chronographs comes with an extra rubber strap coordinated to a different color in each model, while the Music Edition gets three such watches, all with the mosaic pattern