Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Men's Watch Review
Royal Oak Offshore
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore is a straightforward sports watches collection. It sheds the urban sleek detail that made Royal Oak models suitable for casual wearing, and puts on some serious muscle instead. Royal Oak Offshore offers bigger watches; round dials with sizeable subdials for chronograph and perpetual calendar functions, bright colors (red, orange, blue), and large Arabic numerals (instead of the laissez-faire indices), for instant legibility.
The color of the numerals and of the dials has been matched to provide maximum contrast. In most models, the inner grid of the dial can be easily mapped into three or four zones – a division that corresponds roughly with the outward set-up of three large parts (bezel and lugs) and gives the watches an important foundation of aesthetic harmony.
Besides the traditional stainless steel, yellow and pink gold, and platinum, Royal Oak Offshore features a set of extra-strong materials: cases made of titanium and forged carbon, bezels, crowns and push-buttons made of ceramics, straps made of vulcanised rubber.
The sailing watch adds two lugs on the side of the bezel to protect the crown from accidental blows. Considering this heavy artillery, such functions as water resistance and protection again magnetic fields may seem like light armour.
These major design changes elevate the survivability factor to a new standard, making Royal Oak Offshore watches heavy-duty time keeping instruments.
Audemars Piguet take pride in their partnerships with figures of fame in various spheres of human activity; sports partnerships take the spotlight in Royal Oak Offshore. (As a chess fan I was surprised to find out that at some point Thirteenth World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov was a spokesperson for AP watches.)
These include cooperation with such celebrities as Rubens Barrichello, Shaquille O'Neal, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Allinghi's team. For each of these sports professionals Audemars Piguet created a dedicated line of watches (engraved, limited production), inspired by the character of these achievers. The partnership, no doubt, benefits the Swiss watchmaker, bringing its products closer to the public.
Royal Oak Offshore consists of two lines: function without any reservations, and a more stylized and refined line. The latter is usually made of precious metals and offered with leather straps; it's more suitable for anniversary gifts. Needless to say, both lines include the trademark octagonal bezel and the hexagonal screws.
Overall, it's obvious that Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore watches are not conventionally pretty: they are all about their function, survivability and strength – life saving qualities – their the inner beauty.