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Audemars Piguet unveils new Royal Oak Offshore models decked out in the colours of the music world

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 equaliser, 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 colourful, pop-style appearance.

A fond la musique

Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Music Edition © Audemars Piguet

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 colour. This is the first time that a 37 mm model has featured the interchangeable strap system introduced by the Manufacture 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.

The 43 mm version is a continuation of the models launched in 2021. It comes with an interchangeable blue rubber strap matching the dial, while three additional turquoise, yellow and green rubber straps are supplied in the presentation box.

Equipped with a sapphire and titanium caseback engraved with the words “Limited Edition of 500 Pieces,” these two references offer a unique view of the selfwinding movements powering them.

A fond la musique

Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Music Edition © Audemars Piguet

The new Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Music Edition line also includes two white gold 37 mm and 43 mm models whose dial and bezel are set with coloured “Harmony”-cut stones. Both versions feature a blue aventurine dial depicting a musical VU meter, just like the titanium models. The ten colours composing the columns of the equaliser are achieved here by using the invisible setting technique for various gems: rubies, peridots, tsavorites, green, blue and orange sapphires. Similar coloured stones (rubies, tsavorites, yellow, orange, green and blue sapphires) adorn the bezels of both references, harmoniously matching the shades of the dial.

The “Harmony” cut1 has been developed in the industry to give more life to extremely fine gemstones. The cutting angles of each stone’s faceted pavilion have been adapted to provide optimal reflection while retaining a maximum of colour despite the stones’ extreme fineness (0.65 mm for the dial). This technique also makes it possible to hide the grooves required for the invisible setting used on the dial to achieve a thin effect (maximum 0.85 mm for the dial). To reproduce the play of light on the dial, the stones adorning the bezel also feature the “Harmony” cut – an industry first for larger stones.

The 37 mm reference is adorned with 166 stones totalling ~3.7 carats, while the 43 mm variant sparkles with 230 stones totalling ~6.15 carats. Like the titanium models, these two references feature the polished AP monogram at 12 o’clock as well as 18-carat white gold hour-markers and hands. They are completed by a blue interchangeable strap – with a “mosaic effect” motif for the 37 mm reference – and come with three additional rubber straps in turquoise, yellow and green.

A fond la musique

Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Music Edition © Audemars Piguet

This new line dedicated to music is completed by a 43 mm diameter model designed in black ceramic. Its monochrome aesthetic is contrasted by titanium elements: the studs recalling the jack pattern, the fader-inspired crown guards and the strap pin buckle.

In contrast to the understated nature of this timepiece, the equaliser composed of 10 different colours printed onto the Tapisserie motif lights up the dial and gives it a very contemporary look.

The titanium and sapphire caseback revealing the hand-finished movement is engraved with the words “Limited Edition of 250 Pieces”. This modern, high-contrast timepiece is complemented by an interchangeable black rubber strap that matches the tone of the case. Three additional rubber straps in turquoise, yellow and green allow for variations in style to suit the wearer’s mood.

A fond la musique

Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Music Edition © Audemars Piguet

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. This is the first time that a selfwinding hours, minutes and seconds movement has been integrated within this diameter. Calibre 5909 is based on 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 (3.9 mm instead of 4.26 mm) and offering a higher frequency than its predecessor (4 Hz instead of 3 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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