The black satin-brushed dial is partially skeletonized to show the internal workings of the watch. The hour and minute hands are made of 18K white gold and are partly skeletonized as well. However, as they are rather chunky, telling the time isn’t overly hard, but legibility isn’t ideal. That having been said, this isn’t really a piece where the hands are the focus. The running moments hand to the chronograph is glowing yellow to provide contrast against the dark dial.Finally, the respective minute markers as well as the mark for the 30-minute chronograph at 3 o’clock are rendered in yellow and white to provide maximum contrast and legibility. The 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock is also unique since it displays the elapsed minutes with a retrograde index. And finally, at six o’clock is the tourbillon.The movement is where the magic all happens. It is obviously in-house, also it is the calibre 2937. Manually wound, it features a shocking 478 parts, beats at 3Hz, and provides a power reserve of 42 hours. And like most of high-end chronograph movements, it’s a column-wheel and lateral clutch.What’s odd about it, though, is its two gongs. Instead of mounting the gongs into the motion plate, they are attached to what Audemars Piguet Lebron James Watch Replica requires for a “sound board.” Essentially, it’s a thin membrane made from a special copper alloy that covers the rear of the motion, held in place by screws, and also forming a water-tight seal. This explains how the Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie Tourbillon Chronograph watch is able to get a water-resistance rating of 20 meters, which might not sound like much to some casual observer, but that could not be more erroneous. The 20 meters is actually quite impressive thinking about the intricate structure of this watch.
Last year Audemars Piguet Watch Snob Replica introduced the Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph in luminescent colours – that same colour palette has now been applied to the time-only Royal Oak Offshore Diver.
One of a dozen new Royal Oak models to be unveiled at SIHH 2017 tomorrow, the Royal Oak Offshore Diver “Funky Colour” is available in five different colours: white, blue, yellow, orange and green. Each dial colour has dark blue accents to match.
The dials are decorated with the chequerboard Méga Tapisserie guilloche that’s standard for the Royal Oak Offshore.
Colours aside the new Offshore Diver is identical to the previous models. The steel case is 42mm in diameter and rated to 300m, with the crown at 10 o’clock to rotate the inner elapsed time bezel around the dial. And it’s powered by the calibre 3120, AP’s in-house automatic movement.
The Offshore Diver “Funky Colour” is delivered with two rubber straps, one to match the dial colour, and another in dark blue.
AP has yet to reveal pricing and availability, but with the earlier versions of the same retailing for US$19,000, expect this to be similarly priced.
Individual model references are as follows:
Blue – ref. 15710ST.OO.A027CA.01
White – ref. 15710ST.OO.A010CA.01
Yellow – ref. 15710ST.OO.A051CA.01
Orange – ref. 15710ST.OO.A070CA.01
Green – ref.15710ST.OO.A038CA.01