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Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs, ref. 26283ST

January 20 2010 at 8:41 PM

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Audemars Piguet daringly breaks away from the pack and offers, at 37mm, a SMALLER version of its iconic Offshore Chronograph line.

Offered in stainless steel with rubber strap and ss deployant, this model has been highly anticipated by those who felt the original Offshore Chronograph was just a little too big for their wrists.


 


For the ladies who might want to wear a strong watch with a touch of bling (okay, lots of bling! happy.gif  ) there are variants with a gem-set bezel, designed for refined women with a strong and slightly impertinent nature. And in the ultimate version, steel gives way to white gold on a black chronograph adorned with the fiery sparkle of hundreds of diamonds.


 


There seems to be some question about whether this model is for women or men.  Now, really, in this day and age, does it matter if a watch is "designed" for a man, or a woman? Aren't we confident enough, independent enough, to decide for ourselves what we like and want to wear, and what we don't, without resorting to labels?


 


I know one easy criteria for determining "gender" of a model is the case size, but let's put things in perspective: for all of history until the 1990s "men's" watches ranged from 32mm to 40mm, with most falling into the 32-36mm range.


 


Ladies watches usually ran from 32mm down to 16mm, with "boy's sizes" in between.


 


Yet today conventional wisdom tells us that ladies sizes are 36mm-40mm and men's sizes are 40-44mm?


 


If we were conventional, we would all be looking at Rolex and Breitling and TAG-Heuer! I also find it particularly funny that many of those who are worried about the size and whether it is for a man or woman (ie, fashion) often cry loudest and longest against "too many limited editions" or "oh, no! not just another fashion variant!" People are funny, aren't they?

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Isn't AP about being daring, audacious, thinking and living outside the box?


 


Me personally? Anything larger than 44mm is "jewelry" regardless of being on the wrist of a man or woman, except in extreme circumstances like the 7 foot 300 pound individual, and the ideal "size" is the one that looks best on YOUR wrist.


 


DAMN THE LABELS!


 


There, I got that off my chest...

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Steel and rubber have proven to be extremely popular for sporting watches, and this model makes good use of this pairing.


The legendary stainless steel octagonal bezel shines with a splendid purity that actually highlights its noble bearing. Its eight polished hexagonal screw-nuts stand out clearly and echo the profile of the polished bezel. These brilliant surfaces make an admirable contrast with the satin-brushed finish on the rest of the case. The subtle nuances of the steel vie with the charm of the rubber strap and the black or white pushers. The dials also play on the theme of opposites, with white hour-markers and Arabic numerals adorning the Méga tapisserie motif on the black dial, while the silvered dial features black hands and markers. These two timepieces are clearly destined to become classic unto themselves.


  


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Beautiful inside and out



 


The caliber 2385 chronograph movement, nee F. Piguet 1185, powering this model is the same one used in the Royal Oak Chronograph, featuring a vertical clutch chronograph engagement and integrated design.  It is a tried and true movement and considered one of the finest chronograph movements made. And of course, finished to AP's high standards.


 


 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS


 


Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph


References


26283ST.OO.D002CA.01


Stainless steel, black rubber strap


26283ST.OO.D010CA.01


Stainless steel, white rubber strap


 


Case


Stainless steel


Diameter: 37 mm


Steel case, polished steel hexagonal screws


Black or white rubber-moulded crown and pushers


Back engraved with the  Royal Oak Offshore on a polished medallion


Water resistance : 50 m


 


Dial


Black with exclusive Méga Tapisserie motif, black counters, Arabic numerals and white square hour-markers with a luminescent coating


Silvered with exclusive Méga Tapisserie motif, silvered counters, black Arabic numerals and white square hour-markers with a luminescent coating


White gold hour and minute hands with a luminescent coating


 


Strap


Black or white rubber with stainless steel AP folding clasp


 


 Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph


References


26048SK.ZZ.D002CA.01


Stainless steel, diamond-set bezel, black rubber strap


26048SK.ZZ.D010CA.01


Stainless steel, diamond-set bezel, white rubber strap


 


Case


Stainless steel


Diameter: 37 mm


Black or white rubber-moulded bezel set with 32 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.25 carats)


Black or white rubber-moulded crown and pushers


Back engraved with the Royal Oak Offshore logo on a polished medallion


Water-resistant to 50 metres


 


Dial


Black with exclusive Méga Tapisserie motif, black counters, Arabic numerals and white square hour-markers with a luminescent coating or


Silvered with exclusive Méga Tapisserie motif, silvered counters, black Arabic numerals and white square hour-markers with a luminescent coating


White gold hour and minute hands with a luminescent coating


 


Straps


Black or white rubber with stainless steel AP folding clasp


 


 


 Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph


Reference


26092CK.ZZ.D002CA.01


Case


18-carat gold with black rubber-moulded bezel, entirely set with 323 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 5.9 carats)


Diameter: 37 mm


Black rubber-moulded crown and pushers


Back engraved with the Royal Oak Offshore logo on a polished medallion


Water-resistant to 20 metres


 


Dial


Black with exclusive Méga Tapisserie motif, white mother-of-pearl counters, eight diamond hour-markers and white square hour-markers with a luminescent coating


White gold hour and minute hands with a luminescent coating



Strap


Black rubber with AP folding clasp in diamond-set 18-carat white gold


 


Movement


 


Calibre : 2385 selfwinding


Total diameter : 26,20 mm


Casing diameter : 11.5 lignes (25,60 mm)


Total thickness : 5.50 mm


37 jewels


Up to 40-hour power reserve


Cadence of the balance: 21,600 vibrations per hour


Finish: all parts meticulously decorated; mainplate circular-grained and sandblasted; counterpierced holes; bridges circular-grained and adorned with Côtes de Genève motif


 


Functions


Hours and minutes


Small seconds


Chronograph with central seconds hand, 30-minute and 12-hour counters


Date


 



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