Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix LE

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix LE

Limited Edition

(New and just received (Warranty Papers Signed/Dated March, 2011) from a US-based Authorized AP Dealer. Only out of box for pics.)

Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix Collection

The Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix Collection embodies the powerful ties between watchmaking and automobiles: the same passion for design and the same incessant quest for mechanical performance. The dial counters evoke dashboard instruments, the crown a gear, and the bezel a ventilated brake disc. This collection is composed of three timepieces, issued in limited series featuring meticulously executed details combined with cutting-edge materials. These models are powered by a throbbing engine in the shape of a selfwinding proprietary chronograph movement and are sure to delight all those with a taste for high-speed thrills!

Sophisticated shapes and high-tech materials

Whether viewed from the front, the side, or through the sapphire crystal back, all angles provide the same clear-cut impression of dynamic, aggressive, taut and complex shapes that are undeniably reminiscent of gleaming automobile bodywork. Among the three interpretations available,   

This example is distinguished by a forged carbon case, matching a bezel with a forged carbon upper part and a lower ring in shimmering black ceramics. Offering a perfect example of the sophisticated design of this collection, the bezels are composed of two openworked and nested rings. The screws extend slightly beyond the bezel surface and are thus set off to their best advantage. This first version radiates an extremely sporty and predominantly black appearance enhanced by the red dial – a central eloxed aluminium plate adorned with the “Méga Tapisserie” motif characteristic of the Royal Oak Offshore line. The pattern has however been specially revisited for this limited edition by means of a negative-printed design that creates a depth effect and evokes the cooling scoops on a car. Another red accent appears on the crown adorned with an eloxed aluminium cartridge. The crown deserves a closer look due to its sophisticated edging and its openworked design providing glimpses of red – a colour that also appears on the side of the alcantara strap. The floating flange stands out because of its bronze colour reminiscent of the magnesium alloy wheel rims on a racing car.

This fascinating list of technical and aesthetic characteristics would hardly be complete without mentioning the four scoops at 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 and 10.30, echoing the studs which pick up the same theme; and the three counters with a raised rim that is blackened inside and polished on top.

Thus endowed with a wealth of fine details it brilliantly showcases Audemars Piguet’s technical expertise. The shapes are enriched by a profusion of design features inspired by the world of automobiles. They all share the common denominator of protruding elements – cooling scoops, aerodynamic effects and deflectors – that provide a combination of character and complexity. The result is a major technical accomplishment with an aggressive, ultra-sporty design.  


Specifics:

Forged Carbon Case, Forged Carbon and Black Ceramic Bezel, Blackened Titanium Crown, Black Ceramic and Titanium Pushpieces, Titanium Pushpiece Guards, Titanium Exhibition Case-back w/ a Sapphire Crystal

  • Ref Number: 26290IO.OO.A001VE.01 (aka: 26290IOOOA001VE01)
  • Limited edition of 1750
  • Case Size: 44mm
  • Movement: Automatic Functions: Chronograph, Date, Hours, Minutes, Seconds
  • Condition: As New Manufacture's Boxes and with all Books, Tags and Papers

Trade Value: $41,900 (Plus Insured Priority FedEx)

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