Sound has always been at the heart of the watchmaking art, long before time could be read on a dial, for example, thanks to bells striking the time. Ever since its founding, Audemars Piguet has constantly created bridges with the world of music, notably by playing a pioneering role in the development of chiming watches.
The Royal Oak Offshore collection, for its part, has seen the birth of numerous collaborations with various artists, drawing on their inspiration and inspiring them in return.
Today, the new Royal Oak Offshore models celebrate this long-standing relationship: a Tapisserie dial reproducing the motifs of an equalizer, knurled-textured studs reminiscent of jack plugs, and crown guards inspired by the fader on mixing consoles. Featuring a sapphire crystal curved along the 6 to 12 o’clock axis as well as enlarged bevels, these selfwinding hours, minutes, and seconds models radiate a colorful, pop-style appearance.
The first two Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Music Edition models are made of titanium and available in 37 mm and 43 mm diameters, thus adapting to different wrist sizes. Both feature a blue dial that serves as a background for the printed coloured VU meter, creating a shimmering contrast.
The dial is complemented by the AP monogram in polished white gold at 12 o’clock, as well as 18-carat white gold hour-markers and hands featuring a luminescent coating for optimum visibility, particularly in the darkness of concert halls.
The 37 mm model displays the aesthetic codes of the Royal Oak Offshore chronographs of the same diameter and also picks up the enlarged bevels and the curved crystal of the latest 43 mm iterations.
The absence of a date window leaves plenty of space for the coloured equaliser motif. The timepiece is teamed with an interchangeable blue rubber strap bearing a “mosaic effect” pattern and matching the dial color.
This is the first time that a 37 mm model has featured the interchangeable strap system introduced by the Manufacturer in 2021 on the Royal Oak Offshore collection. The model comes complete with three additional turquoise, yellow, and green rubber straps, also featuring a “mosaic effect” motif.
These Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Music Edition models are driven by two selfwinding hours, minutes, and seconds movements without date indication in order to keep the coloured pattern of the dial in the spotlight.
The two 37 mm references are equipped with the new Calibre 5909 that is based on the Calibre 5900, which first appeared at Audemars Piguet in 2022 on the 37 mm Royal Oak references. Replacing Calibre 3120, this movement has the advantage of being thinner and offering a higher frequency than its predecessor (4 Hz). It also has a 60-hour power reserve.
The 43 mm variations are driven by Calibre 4309, the most recent selfwinding hours, minutes, and seconds movement of this diameter developed by the Manufacture. Its generous size enables optimal timekeeping precision, while its power reserve of at least 70 hours when the watch is not worn is ideal.
All models have a sapphire caseback revealing emblematic Haute Horlogerie decorations, such as Côtes de Genève, satin-brushing, circular graining, traits tirés, and polished chamfers, as well as the oscillating weight dedicated to the collection in 22-carat pink gold with black NAC coating.
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