In 1993, Audemars Piguet launched a new sports watch series-THEROYALOAKOFFSHORE family oak offshore type. The ‘offshore’ watch is based on the Royal Oak series of ROYALOAK, with an oversized design, extraordinary style, solid and reliable, and excellent function, which can be described as the top example of sports watches.
Today, Audemars Piguet launches a new RoyalOakOffshore watch, featuring a self-winding tourbillon chronograph with a new 2897 self-winding movement. This movement is entirely made by the brand independently. It adopts the technology that is at the forefront of the era and carries more than 100 years of fine watchmaking traditional craftsmanship. The 2897 movement is composed of 335 parts, which is a veritable micro-mechanical feast. The power of the self-winding system is derived from the satin-finished 950 platinum wrap-around semicircular rotor. The Calibre 2897 movement is hand-chamfered, polished, trimmed, and decorated all over the place.
The most reliable and accurate tourbillon and column wheel chronographs provide double guarantees for the precise movement of this watch. The new RoyalOakOffshore watch features a more modern black design, cleverly matched with a variety of modern materials such as forged carbon, ceramic, titanium and rubber. The watch decoration embodies the highest standards, using classic techniques such as mirror polishing, hand chamfering and round grain grain polishing, and the extraordinary quality is naturally revealed from the inside to the outside.
The new RoyalOakOffshore Royal Oak offshore self-winding tourbillon chronograph features a wrap-around semi-circular rotor mounted on a ball bearing and visible from the dial. This design allows the weight of the rotor to be dispersed to the edge of the movement, thereby increasing the winding speed and therefore the winding efficiency is greatly improved. The oscillating weight is located on the edge of the movement and its unique design adds a slim, modern look to the watch.
A fascinating masterpiece of fine watchmaking
Although the tourbillon was invented as early as the late 18th century, it has always been considered to represent the highest level of watchmaking craftsmanship, and only a few masters can make it himself. Audemars Piguet has launched more than 16 tourbillon-equipped movements, and in 1986 pioneered ultra-thin self-winding tourbillon watches.
The RoyalOakOffshore tourbillon self-winding tourbillon chronograph is equipped with a black tone and titanium splint, which injects this time-honored mechanism into the 21st century. It took the watchmaker nearly three days to assemble 85 components weighing less than 0.45 grams into a tourbillon frame.
The mechanism of excellence
One of the oldest watches in the Audemars Piguet collection is the ‘foudroyante’ chronograph in 1881. In 1886, the brand successfully launched one of the smallest chronograph movements at that time, with a diameter of only 22.5 mm. As early as the 1920s, Audemars Piguet had the extraordinary ability to make chronograph watches.
Today’s 2897 movement is equipped with an exposed column wheel timing system, which allows it to perfectly handle the three actions of start, stop and zero at the same time, which is the most exquisite of the same type of movement.
The unique coupling yoke system can eliminate the jerky phenomenon common to any inefficient device, so that the chronograph hand starts to move smoothly when it starts.
Not many watches are as impressive as the Royal OakOffshore collection. Eight signature polished hexagonal stainless steel screws fit tightly into the recessed holes in the black ceramic bezel. The central case is made of forged carbon. Lightweight forged carbon was originally used in the advanced high-tech aerospace industry. In 2007, Audemars Piguet pioneered this innovative material on the Royal OakOffshore Royal Oak Offshore watch. The buttons are made of ceramic and titanium, and the dial is engraved with the memorable ‘Méga Tapisserie’ oversized checkered decoration.
The limited edition of 50 RoyalOakOffshore self-winding tourbillon chronographs is the result of the perfect fusion of traditional fine watchmaking technology and high-tech design concepts, which fully shows Audemars Piguet’s extraordinary fine watchmaking level.
2897 watch factory automatic winding movement
Total diameter 35.00 mm (15 ½ minutes)
Total thickness 8.32 mm
Number of rubies 34
Number of parts 335
Guaranteed power reserve of at least 65 hours
Balance frequency 3 Hz (= 21,600 times / hour)
Forged carbon case, anti-glare sapphire crystal and case back, black ceramic bezel,
Screw-down crown and buttons, titanium button bridges and links, water-resistant to 100 meters.
The black dial is engraved with the “Méga Tapisserie” oversized check decoration, the black chronograph dial, the fluorescent white gold embedded hour markers and the fluorescent Royal Oak oak hands, and the sapphire crystal inner bezel is set with a second hand.
Black rubber strap with titanium pin buckle.
Chronograph, large central seconds
30-minute chronograph hour minute small seconds
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