Audemars Piguet - The Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Michael Schumacher

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23 October 2012

On looking at it the first thing that comes to mind is its tough and rugged lines, with the classic octagonal Royal Oak geometry given a new look by means of the sci-fi look titanium pushers, the sleek rubber strap, and some new details on the dial, principally the eight sunken hex-head screws on the bezel. The hour and minute hands have a new design, while the dial centre has the usual intricate Tapisserie texture but on a very large scale. The peripheral ring with the hour markers features an intricate design created by fine white lines that form a chequered flag motif.

In actual fact, the case isn't all that large, 44 millimetres in width, but it appears chunkier from the fact that the bezel is set on a wider base. There are some red details on the dial, in the form of red hands for two of the subdials, the chronometer seconds and the date in a window at 3 o'clock. At the top of the tachymeter scale there are seven stars, two blue and five red, symbolizing Schumacher's World Championship victories for Benetton and Ferrari. The bezel is made in Cermet, a ceramic-metal hybrid material with metallic finish and high scratch resistance.

The caseback has the usual sapphire window revealing the Calibre 3126/3840 movement, providing hours, minutes, small seconds, date and chronograph, with 55 hours power reserve.

The watch is available in three versions. The platinum model (shown below) has a blue dial and strap, and is in an edition of just 100 pieces (price about €84,300). The pink gold version, 500 units, costs about €57,500, while the titanium model, 1,000 units, retails at about €32,500.

Below, the version in pink gold:

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