Audemars Piquet is celebrating its 135th Anniversary this year and in line with this celebration, Audemars Piquet has launched the limited edition Royal Oak Offshore Jarno Trulli. This watch, a limited edition run of only 500 pieces, will initially be available from the Audemars Piguet Boutique in Ginza, Japan followed by a international release at the end of the year. Emm, I did not find the boutique.... The watch is expected to retail for USD 28,900.
The watch, reference 26202AU.OO.D002CA.01, will be powered by AP calibre 3126/3840, an automatic 13 ¼ ligne movement. The movement has 59 jewels and is made up of 365 parts. It offers a power reserve of 60 hours and beats at 3 Hz or 21,600 vibrations per hour.
It is a beautiful movement that is decorated with circular graining on the mainplate, and rhodium-plated, chamfered and snailed bridges with Cotes de Geneve motif. The movement will also feature a 22-carat gold rotor with anthracite gray galvanic coating. All these can be seen through the sapphire crystal display back.
Photographs: Audemars Piquet
The movement is cased in a forged carbon middle case with a Cermet bezel. The titanium crown and chronograph pushers will be sandblasted. The case back is made of titanium and will carry the inscription Royal Oak Offshore Limited Edition – Jarno Trulli. The case is 42 mm in diameter and 15.65 mm thick offering a water resistance rating of 10 ATM.
Cermet is a unique alloy made by combining ceramic and tungsten or bronze. Cermet offers superior wear and corrosion properties.
What I like about the watch is the dial with the “Mega Tapisserie” motif and the silver chronograph sub-dial. The hour markers and the hands are coated with a red/purple luminescent coating. The watch offers the following functions: hours, minutes, seconds (sub-dial), chronograph and date complication. I have to say that the watch is one of the nicest ever made: sporty but elegant and very smart, a rare example of pure lines & long-lasting design.
Sadly I feel that AP has one too many limited edition watches. What makes it worst is that my favourite brand seems to be following in the same footstep. Sigh.