Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Open Gear Lucerne Edition

In the year 2000 Chronoswiss unveiled the world’s first serially produced regulator tourbillon. Now the Lucerne based brand presents the Open Gear Tourbillon, a modern mechanical timekeeper with a unique regulator set-up, electric blue case and a hypnotising handmade guilloche decoration. Its half-skeletonised flying tourbillon is completely designed in-house, and it is exclusive to Chronoswiss watches.

The tourbillon Chronoswiss manufactured more than 20 years ago – Régulateur à Tourbillon – also had a guilloché dial. Now Chronoswiss unveils the C.303 – its own half-skeletonised tourbillon movement, and the guilloché is added by hand in its atelier in Lucerne.
With the Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Open Gear Lucerne Edition the ‘blue hour’ gets a whole new meaning. Using 10 different shades of the colour historically symbolising loyalty, strength, wisdom and trust, the calm display of the watch is contrasted especially by the energetic, almost aggressively electric blue CVD coating on the 17-part, stainless steel case.

The Trigono-shaped hands are blue lacquered, with Super-LumiNova inlays and tips. For the hour and five-minute indexes, generous amounts of blue-hued lume are combined with zirconium oxide into solid bricks and pillars that shine through the night.
The tourbillon may have roots stretching back to the end of the 18th century, but the Chronoswiss Open Gear Tourbillon has everything you should expect from a modern mechanical timepiece.
The watch dial is an elaborate 42-part construction on two levels: the bottom level is hand-guilloched, whereas the upper level features skeletonised train wheel bridges and a funnel-like construction for the hour display. Other design details include all particular signifiers of a Chronoswiss watch: knurled bezel, onion crown and the hornback crocodile strap held in place with the patented Autobloc system.
There is also a hidden special engraving on the reverse side of the dial – for a unique melding of modern mechanical watchmaking and heritage, since the idea of a secret signature was in vogue around two centuries ago when the tourbillon was invented.
Chronoswiss was originally established in 1983, in the German city of München, despite what the name suggests. Four years into its watchmaking endeavours, the first Regulator watch would be presented. The company was moved to Lucerne following a change in ownership in 2012 but kept its original style and the regulator as its signature complication.

Franck Muller Vanguard Crazy Hours

The Exclusive collection Asia Franck Muller Vanguard Crazy Hours faithfully reflects the House’s audacity, while bringing a unique aestheticism to the collection. The most iconoclastic complication of Franck Muller: the Crazy Hours is highlighted in a Vanguard case with sporty curves and vibrant numbers.

The Franck Muller Vanguard Crazy Hours is a colorful and dynamic men collection. Clad in a lightweight black carbon case, its distinct Arabic numbers, applied by hand, in flashy colors, explode from the black dial. To emphasize, the inserts on the side of the watch, the emblazoned crown and stitches on the hand sewn alligator strap echo the flashy colors of the numbers.
The Vanguard Crazy Hours Lady, is the counterpart of the men collection, in the absolute best way with glamorous colors and a case hand set with 299 brilliant-cut diamonds (3.83 carats).

With its sun-stamped lacquered dial and distinct numerals applied by hand, the Franck Muller Vanguard Crazy Hours Lady ensures a firm grip on the Franck Muller traditions, with a youthful and futuristic aesthetic.
The strap is artistically integrated into the case with the help of two unseen screws. The rubber on the inside of the strap effortlessly takes the shape of the wrist, while the alligator on the top instills grace. Modeled to perfection, the handsome blend of rubber and alligator creates absolute harmony with the iconic Vanguard case.

The lines of the case give a sporty and modern character to this collection, which has been designed to express the concept of time as an abstract construct.

The Crazy Hours complication offers a unique reading of time, showing hour numerals in the most unconventional order. Thanks to a patented mechanism, the central hour hand literally jumps from one hour to the next, respectfully following the randomly numbers on the dial. Thereby, after every 60 minutes, the hour hand would jump to the next correct number. Meanwhile, the minute hand follows a conventional 60-minute cycle revolving around the dial.

Time becomes a value that is personal, individual, and unique. You find yourself eagerly waiting at each 59th minute to observe the Crazy Hours’ mesmerizing jump.

The Franck Muller Vanguard Crazy Hours establishes a new philosophy and proclaims independence from the established order of time.
Launched in 2003, the Crazy Hours complication has attracted watch aficionados for more than fifteen years in its famous Cintrée Curvex case. It is presented for the first time in a Vanguard case in January 2019 during the must-see watchmaking fair of the House, the WPHH. The complication comprises a jumping hour module and an automatic movement. While the hour hand jumps to point the correct hour numeral, the minute hand revolves round the dial in a traditional 60-minute cycle. Although the hour numerals seem randomly placed, there is a sequence to the ‘crazy’ hours – each subsequent number is placed at an approximately 150-degree arc away from the preceding number.

Franck Muller Skafander Skeleton

One of Franck Muller’s bestselling models, the Vanguard is a modern take on the brand’s signature Cintree Curvex case. Already available in a bewildering variety of sizes, complications, and materials, the line now gets one of its most interesting iterations yet – the Franck Muller Vanguard Skeleton Sapphire .

Featuring a clear sapphire crystal case, the new Vanguard is interesting beyond its colours and shape. Inside is a hand-wind, in-house movement with a seven-day power reserve. And in the Vanguard Skeleton Sapphire Color Dreams, the movement bridges are anodised in a multitude of colours.
The Franck Muller Vanguard Skeleton Sapphire is typical of modern-day Franck Muller watches – large and flamboyant, especially in the Color Dreams livery.

But it also reflects Franck Muller Skafander Skeleton being a vertically-integrated brand – an accomplishment not widely recognised by aficionados – with the in-house form movement that has a weeklong power reserve.
While the shape of the case is reminiscent of Richard Mille, Franck Muller is the brand responsible for making the tonneau case popular in contemporary watchmaking. The Cintree Curvex was inspired by tonneau-shaped Cartier and Patek Philippe watches of the early 20th century, and became one of the “it” watches of the 1990s.
The Franck Muller Vanguard Skeleton Sapphire is a large 44 mm by 53.7 mm, while standing 12.7 mm high. But its size is justified by the cal. FM 1740-VS within.

It’s a large, manual-wind movement with twin, stacked barrels that provide seven days of running time, or a power reserve of over 160 hours.
Made of lightweight aluminium, the bridges have been opened worked in a linear style, giving the calibre a clean, modern appearance.

A variety of models are available, but the Color Dreams version is quintessential Franck Muller in its colours.

Franck Muller Skafander Central Second

Watch fans everywhere have probably heard of Franck Muller but, just in case you don’t know who he is, here’s a little background before we start in on A Closer Look at Franck Muller’s Skafander Diver’s Watch. Franck Muller watches happen to be some of the most complicated and finest watches worldwide. Founded in Geneva, the company’s goal was to create timepieces that were both exclusive as well as being known for their original designs and intricate movements. They had in-house individuals who were extremely strong in the many fields of Haute Horlogerie and they soon became one of the top Swiss Horlogerie brands.
A Closer Look at Franck Muller’s Skafander Diver’s Watch
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Watch fans everywhere have probably heard of Franck Muller but, just in case you don’t know who he is, here’s a little background before we start in on A Closer Look at Franck Muller’s Skafander Diver’s Watch. Franck Muller watches happen to be some of the most complicated and finest watches worldwide. Founded in Geneva, the company’s goal was to create timepieces that were both exclusive as well as being known for their original designs and intricate movements. They had in-house individuals who were extremely strong in the many fields of Haute Horlogerie and they soon became one of the top Swiss Horlogerie brands.About Franck Muller- The Master Watchmaker
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The now 60-year-old Muller went to watchmaking school at the very young age of just 15 and got his career start while repairing high-quality pocket watches. It was then that the young Muller started thinking seriously about building his own shop. In 1991, he achieved that rather lofty goal and the House of Franck Muller opened for business. Almost immediately, the new Muller timepieces became an overnight sensation all over the U.S. and Europe.
Today, Franck Muller’s watches combine Haute Horlogerie expertise with their signature boldness and creativity for a line of watches that’s second-to-none. Every year, the Franck Muller watch company launches one or sometimes more new lines of timepieces. They usually feature something exclusive and very special, something never seen before in the industry. The first one launched in 1993 and had split-seconds chronographs, as well as a perpetual calendar, a minute repeater, and an internal temperature indicator.
Of course, it just stands to reason that any watch that is as iconic as many of Franck Muller’s would be worn by a number of well-known celebrities. Right? And, Franck Muller’s famous fans include the always amazing and talented Sir Elton John, the lovely actress Ms. Demi Moore, Portuguese football manager José Mourinho, and well-known rapper 50 Cent, just to name a few. And now, for 2018, Franck Muller introduces the Skafander Diver’s Watch.
The all-new Skafander Diver’s Watch from Franck Muller is tonneau-shaped and sports a truly innovative inner dive bezel. Now watches that are square, tonneau-shaped or even designed for diving are definitely not a new thing. And, the watches of the past that could be considered good examples may have had something as ludicrous as a tonneau-shaped bezel that turned on a round track, or as useless as a stationary bezel like the Easy Diver watch by Roger Dubuis, or even a form case with a round elapsed time bezel. But, Muller was a bit smarter and put his watch’s dive-timer-bezel right on the dial. It’s strategically placed right between the minute track and the hour markers. There’s also an orange triangle for marking the beginning of your dive, and then the initial 20-dive-minutes are marked by blue highlighting.
The Skafander Diver’s Watch has an inner bezel that is operated by two pushers on the case’s left side. In addition, there is a button at 8:00 that is advancing the timing ring in steps that are one minute long, while there’s also an upper button that is advancing in five-minute steps and it’s located at 10:00. And, between those two buttons, there’s a locking mechanism that serves to secure them after the bezel is set. This prevents any accidental advancement. Now, the inner-elapsed-time bezel isn’t necessarily a new feature to fine watches, since Bell & Ross put it on their BR02 diver. However, Franck Muller’s version is quite unique. unusual, albeit fussy to operate.
The Skafander Diver is a large watch and offers everything that discerning divers look for in a dive watch. And, although this all may sound really good to all of you watch fans out there, don’t get too excited yet. These amazing Skafander Diver’s Watches won’t be available until September 2018. But, if you’re lucky enough to own one, it’ll surely prove to be well worth the wait.

Franck Muller Long Island

The art-deco inspired Franck Muller Long Island a leading collection of Franck Muller. These timepieces boast pure, rectangular shaped case inspired by the sophisticated world of the 1930s. The unique styled numerals on the dial appear both straight and arched.
The Franck Muller Long Island is available in various case materials (stainless steel, rose gold, white gold etc) configurations (with and without gem-setting) and straps (bracelet or leather strap).
From the eye-catching Color Dreams numerals, to the elegant diamonds adoring the case and from the colored alligator straps to the flawless dial, every single detail of the Long Island has been designed with care and attention to match the beauty of its owner.
The design of the Long Island celebrates the art deco spirit, one of Franck Muller’s sources of inspiration. Its delicately traced geometric lines are a distinct reminder of that era and Franck Muller’s interpretation takes us to the heart of the elegant and sophisticated world of the 1930s. With its pure, rectangular shape and its numerals that appear both straight and arched, the Long Island is the very synthesis of early twentieth-century artistic inspiration.
The Long Island, driven by its rectangular shape and numbers has become a leading collection of Franck Muller. From the eye-catching Color Dreams numerals, to the elegant diamonds adoring the case and from the colored alligator straps to the flawless dial, every single detail of the Long Island has been designed with care and attention to match the beauty of its owner.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding

While it’s safe to say that Audemars Piguet’s SIHH was somewhat tumultuous, it wasn’t without its more crowd-pleasing fare. Among a handful of new Royal Oak expressions, we find what might be the most well balanced and sweet-on-wrist of the lot, the new 38mm Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph. While perhaps not a surprise offering from the house of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding, this all-new model retains the charm of the standard Royal Oak while adding an automatic chronograph in a trio of colorways that sing on wrist.
I think that, provided you’re into the general vibe of a Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding , these new 38mm chronographs are really really good. Offered in pink gold with a silver-white dial or steel in either a silver-on-grey dial or a blue-on-white/white panda dial, the three combinations offer something a bit sporty, a bit more reserved, or a bit more boss (ok, a lot more boss).

At 38mm across with screw-down pushers, 50m water resistance, and an automatic movement, the case is only 11mm thick and the whole package feels solid, thoughtful, and undeniably fun. Also available in a 41mm version that has been around for some time, while 41mm isn’t exactly large in the modern watch game, these new models err closer to the Royal Oak’s spiritual home of 39mm and, for my wrist and eyes, feel better proportioned than the larger version.
Despite dropping those three millimeters, the new 38mm Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chrono still employs the same movement that is used in the larger RO chronograph (and also many past models), the Selfwinding Caliber 2385. Based on the Frédéric Piguet 1185, this column-wheel chronograph movement features an integrated design, a rate of 3 Hz, and 40 hours of power reserve.
For those reading this and finding it hard to see the appeal, there is something so special, so right, about a Royal Oak on wrist. If you can, swing by an AP boutique and try on a few examples. I honestly didn’t fully understand the draw until I tried on a solid gold 5402 (now it’s a grail). And while I’m not at all a chronograph guy, the chrono display nestles so nicely into the “Grande Tapisserie” dial on these 38mm chronographs that I almost don’t mind the date at 4:30. Almost.
The grey/silver is low key, the blue on white/silver is sporty and really good, but you know your boy is all about the solid pink gold version with the white/silver dial. Priced at $23,800 in steel and $52,700 in gold, the new Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph is little more than a re-working of the Royal Oak proportions but it’s a strong example of less being more (even in solid gold).

Richard Mille At Full Speed With The RM 67-02 Charles Leclerc Prototype

Next month sees the return of the Only Watch charity auction, one of the most anticipated dates in the watchmaking calendar. The ninth edition of this biennial event – which takes place in Geneva on Saturday, November 6th at 2 pm local time – will bring together 54 watch brands offering 53 lots. Plus, the auction’s proceeds will go to research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. One of those brands is, of course, Richard Mille.

The innovative Swiss watchmaker has decided to donate an eye-catching timepiece that pays tribute to the auction’s Monégasque roots. After all, the event is patronized by Albert II, Prince of Monaco, and Luc Pettavino, Founder of Only Watch, is also president of the Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies, the Monaco-based charity that has benefitted from the 70 million euros raised at the previous eight auctions.
For this year’s auction, the Les Breuleux-based brand is donating the RM 67-02 Charles Leclerc Prototype, an ultra-lightweight timepiece created for the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 driver who hails from the Côte d’Azur principality.

The time-only watch stands out for its skeletonized dial, hands, and movement, with the X-shaped, 0.4mm thin titanium dial hand-painted in the red and white colors of Leclerc’s national flag.
The dial’s lines echo those of the extra-flat, automatic CRMA7 calibre beneath, whose mainplate and bridges are equally machined from grade five titanium and given stealthy black and grey DLC treatments.

The skeletonized winding rotor, visible through the display caseback, is made from a mixture of Carbon TPT and white gold. And it employs the brand’s OneWay winding system with ceramic ball bearings to efficiently wind the fast-rotating, high-performance mainspring barrel.
The 47mm x 39mm case is made in white and red Quartz TPT. Cutting-edge and boasting high shock resistance, these cutting-edge composites are exclusive to Richard Mille and have a dynamic veined appearance thanks to the stacked layers of quartz fibers molded with resin at high temperature and pressure.

Additionally, in furtherance of the color scheme, the RM 67-02 Charles Leclerc Prototype comes on an elastic, seamless “comfort strap” that features an upper layer of red textile. Designed to fit the contours of any wrist, it is the lightest strap made by the brand.
The presence of the strap, the use of TPT composite materials, and the fact that the dial, mainplate, and bridges are made of grade five titanium all contribute to why this watch only weighs a mere 32 grams. Richard Mille has supported Leclerc for over a decade, watching him progress from junior karting all the way to Formula 1 in 2018. According to the brand, Leclerc wearing the RM 67-02 prototype even helped the brand test new technical solutions for subsequent models.

Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Remember

Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Remember presented last year during WPHH – World Presentation of Haute Horlogerie new additions in the Remember line up. These watches look normal at a first look. Only until you notice the hands going counter-clockwise. But the numbers seem to be wrong too – in reverse order. And there are ghost numbers too… In a game of “now you see me, now you not”, the time goes forward even if the hands go backwards. Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Remember timepieces present a romantic complication, unique in the watch world. This review is dedicated to someone special.
The independent brand defies the norms by displaying the time in a counter-clockwise manner. It is not the first time when Franck Muller disrupts centuries of classic time display. The Crazy Hours watches have the numbers thrown on the dial in a (not) random order. Being completely independent and having all the disciplines available in the house (referring to the dials’ topic), Franck Muller can easily play with ideas. Virtual unlimited variations can be created without the need for an external company.
This review is dedicated to Maria. She was one of the persons that, with small interventions, in key moments shaped my future. Her help (that seemed to be almost nothing in those moments) had a heavy impact on my life. Part of who I am today and what I have realised is a result of her kindness. This is my way of saying Thank You!
The tonneau shape is not new in the industry. It has been there for ages. But Franck Muller’ Cintrée Curvex case is a distinct manifestation of this design. The rich sensuous lines and this certain proportion are associated with the Geneva brand.
The paved Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Remember 2850 has a length of 43mm. The voluptuous 18k rose gold case is diamond-paved. Ref. 7880 is rather large – 50mm, also in 18k rose gold. The watches are identical in design and construction, only the dimensions differ.
The highly polished case has no delimited bezel, the integrative design is a benefit of the case’s shape. But the tooling’s and machining’s difficulty is increased. The case is covered with a curved sapphire that follows the lines os the elegant case.
The crown is similar on both models: a raised pedestal bears the embossed Franck Muller logo. The grip is unexpected good and the time setting and winding are a bliss. Of course, you have to accustom yourself first with the strange, reversed time display.
After you get acclimatised with the time flowing in the “other” direction, the eye catches, in certain light and angles, some ghosts numbers. But these are not meant as ghosts of the past but memories. The name “Remember” is very suggestive. Regardless of the direction of hands, the time flows further. Regardless of the memories, the present is strong. The bold numbers of the present are always there while the memories come on go with a twist – a twist of the hand.
Franck Muller Group manufactures its dials at Arnold Linder SA. To get an understanding of how the dials are manufactured, you can have a look at the manufacture tour report here: Part 1 and Part 2 (two large articles I have written for Deployant).The ghosting effect is realised by a succession of the press pass. 200 tones force is used to create this magic appearance. The final pattern is achieved also by stamping.The large beautiful Arabic numerals are hand-applied. The numerals are cut, coated and inked. The painstaking method requires a steady hand but the result is this three-dimensional look. Please visit the links above for more information.The simple three hands time display uses gold plated leaf hands. The luminescent treatment will make the time legible in low light condition, but only the owner will now the “exact time”. The hands are hand bent to fit under the curved crystal.
Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Remember is a watch of metaphors. Just like the future is hidden from our eyes, the Calibre FM 2800 INV is kept under a closed caseback. How the future movement is shaped, is not for our eyes to see. We just see the result – time flows further. Even if the hands go counterclockwise, the time goes forward.Calibre FM 2800 INV is placed under solid gold caseback. The curved metal bears the brand’s typical inscriptions, plus the message “Time to remember”.

The in-house self-winding calibre beats with 28’800 vibrations/hour (4Hz) and offers 42 hours of power reserve. The movement is well decorated: Côtes de Genève and sunray brushing on the bridges and oscillating weight, circular graining of both side of the bottom plate, diamond polishing on the chamfers, 24k gold bath and rhodium treatment, 24k gold finish on the engravings, circular brushing on the rotor rolling, sunray brushing on drum barrel, 45 ° polishing and sunray brushing on the ratchet, polished and blued screws.

Since I have visited the Franck Muller ateliers two times already, I can confirm that the finishes are well executed. It is a pity that the final owner is not able to see the beauty of the movement. But Franck Muller always offers the possibility to visit its manufacture and experience first hand how everything is made.Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Remember are gorgeous pieces with a deep message. Starting with the unusual time display and its memory dial and ending with the message engraved on the caseback, these timepieces are full of metaphors. Each person can have its own understanding and interpretation of the watch’s message.

Both versions, Ref 2850 and Ref. 7880 have comfortable wrist wear due to the curved design. Franck Muller advertises Remember as unisex pieces and besides the diamonds (that can be considered more girlie), nothing expresses an appurtenance to a gender.

For me, Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Remember has a special semnification: even if I look back, the time flows always in the same direction – to the future. We can turn back the hands of time but not the time itself. The memories of the past are always there. We can choose to see them or make abstraction of them. But the past will always be there. I see them not as scars of the past but as a foundation for the future.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 41 Frosted

Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet has released a new Frosted Gold version of its Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 41 Frosted. It is made of 18-carat white gold, finished with an ancient hammering method. Limited to 200 pieces, this 41mm version is equipped with the Manufacture’s latest generation chronograph movement, the Self winding Calibre 4401, first introduced in the Royal Oak collection this year.
The case and bracelet are presented in 18-carat white Frosted Gold and feature polished chamfers and crown. The richly textured surfaces are created using an ancient gold hammering method, also known as the Florentine technique, produced in collaboration with Carolina Bucci.

Powering this timepiece is the Manufacture’s latest generation chronograph movement, the self-winding Calibre 4401. This fully integrated column wheel movement offers flyback function, which allows the wearer to stop, reset and start the chronograph in one simple action.
The column wheel works in collaboration with a vertical clutch system. When the chronograph is started or stopped, the hands respond accordingly without any hint of jumping. Furthermore, the push-pieces feel smooth when pressed. A patented zero resetting mechanism ensures that each one of the counter hands instantaneously resets to zero.
Its Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 41 Frosted sapphire caseback offers the magnificent view of the integrated chronograph’s column wheel and the dancing action of the chronograph hammers. Equipped with a 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight, the Self-winding Calibre 4401 boasts sophisticated finishing, including “Côtes de Genève,” circular graining, circular satin and polished chamfers throughout.
The dial is presented in a light grey hue, a new shade for the Royal Oak Frosted Gold Selfwinding Chronograph. It features a “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. The rhodium-toned minute counter and hour counter have been repositioned, augmenting readability, while the date disc is located closer to the inner bezel.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 44 Stainless Steel Ceramic

Audemars Piguet has released a new Royal Oak Offshore line in 44 mm with 5 models, featuring titanium, 18-carat pink gold or stainless steel case.

This new launch represents the first redesign of the Royal Oak Offshore since the evolution of the 44 mm collection in the early 2000s. While retaining the essence of the Royal Oak Offshore’s original characteristics, the design of the case and dial has evolved to offer optimum aesthetics and ergonomics.
These models also introduce the Manufacture’s latest integrated flyback chronograph, Calibre 4401, in the Royal Oak Offshore collection. The new Royal Oak Offshore 44mm is fitted with the Manufacture’s new interchangeable strap system that enables wearers to change straps easily.
The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 44 Stainless Steel Ceramic, 18-carat pink gold or stainless steel combines the collection’s strong identity with a more ergonomically refined design.

The case presents larger polished chamfers on the edges, while the bezel as well as the screw-locked crown and chronograph push-pieces follow a slight curvature for more visual appeal. To the exception of the all-titanium version, the other four timepieces in the collection feature a ceramic bezel for a powerful two-tone contrast.
The glare-proofed sapphire crystal curved from 6 to 12 o’clock seamlessly fits the curvature of the bezel and completes the overall design. The Manufacture’s trademark alternation of hand-polished chamfers and satin-brushed finishing adorning the case and bezel furthers the watch’s new aesthetic.
The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 44 Ceramic line introduces the Manufacture’s latest in-house integrated chronograph, Calibre 4401, in the Royal Oak Offshore collection. This self-winding chronograph movement is equipped with a column wheel and the flyback function that enables to restart the chronograph without stopping or resetting it first.

Calibre 4401 also features a vertical clutch system that prevents hands from jumping when the chronograph is started or stopped, as well as a patented zero resetting mechanism ensuring that each one of the counter hands is seamlessly reset to zero.
The movement’s dedicated blackened 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight and refined decorations, including “Côtes de Genève,” “traits tirés” and circular graining can be admired through the sapphire caseback.
The caseback also reveals components usually hidden from view such as the column wheel and the so-called “dance” of the chronograph hammers.

With its selfwinding mechanism, 70 hours of power reserve and water resistance to 100 m, Calibre 4401 perfectly complements the Royal Oak Offshore.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 44 line is fitted with the Manufacture’s new interchangeable strap system. The interchangeability system has been directly integrated into the buckle and case’s studs, in perfect harmony with the case’s aesthetic codes.

The ease and efficiency of the new system will allow clients to change the straps and buckles of their new timepiece themselves with a quick click and release. The double-push system also grants optimum security when the watch is worn on the wrist. In addition, the interchangeable rubber straps in black, blue, grey and brown hues adorning the different models, as well as the AP pin buckle, are endowed with a new design.

The Royal Oak Offshore’s “Méga Tapisserie” pattern adorning the dial, available in shades of black, grey, light brownand blue, has been newly designed to offer enhanced contrast and high-end finishing. The pyramids composing the stamped Tapisserie have been sharpened and connected to one another with a raised criss-cross pattern that adds depth to the dial.
The pyramids’ finishing gives a satin effect in an echo to the case’s bold yet refined aesthetic. Extensive programming and numerous prototypes were necessary to reach the perfect balance of sportiness and elegance.

The chronograph counters have also been rearranged to improve legibility: the minute counter now appears at 9 o’clock, while the hour counter is positioned at 3 o’clock. In addition, the date window has been moved closer to the inner bezel between 4 and 5 o’clock. The small seconds counter is, for its part, at 6 o’clock.

Furthermore, the watch presents the new Royal Oak Offshore logo adorning all new models across the collection. The applied gold AP initials appear without the long-form signature at 12 o’clock.
The dial also features more assertive gold Royal Oak hands adding to the watch’s powerful identity.

Since it hit the world of fine watches in 1993, the Royal Oak Offshore has offered a platform for innovation, seeing a raft of new materials, case sizes, complications, colours and dial designs.

In 1999, the Manufacture introduced a bolder guilloché pattern – the “Grande Tapisserie” – in the Royal Oak collection. Although produced with the same engine-turning process as for the Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore’s original “Petite Tapisserie” pattern, the base of the pyramids composing the “Grande Tapisserie” almost doubled in size, granting the watch a bolder look. The “Grande Tapisserie” soon followed in the Royal Oak Offshore 42 mm line.
In 2001, the Tapisserie pyramids saw yet another reinterpretation within the Royal Oak Offshore collection with the birth of the “Extra-Grande Tapisserie,” later renamed “Méga Tapisserie.” This time, the more massive pattern is no longer engine-turned, but stamped with powerful presses. This dial design was quickly adopted throughout the collection and became a key feature of the more muscular Royal Oak Offshore in 44 mm, which started to appear in 2010 and has evolved in parallel of the 44 mm line ever since.

Today, the “Méga Tapisserie” undergoes a new evolution with the release of the 44 mm size. Its criss-cross Tapisserie pattern nods to the powerful yet sophisticated aesthetic of the newly designed case.

The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 44 Stainless Steel Ceramic collection presents two models combining a stainless steel case with a bezel, push-pieces and a screw-locked crown, all crafted in black ceramics. To reinforce the two-tone aesthetic, the push-piece guards have been crafted in sandblasted stainless steel.
The first model plays with the case’s two-tone contrast. It is adorned with a black “Méga Tapisserie” dial enriched with rhodium-toned counters and comes with a black interchangeable rubber strap, as well as a second brown interchangeable calfskin strap.
Both models are enhanced by white gold hour-markers, Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating and applied gold AP initials.

The Manufacture introduces two titanium models hand-finished with satin-brushing and polished chamfered. They are offered with dials in shade of blue or grey, both complemented with white gold hour-markers, Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating and applied gold AP initials.

The first model features an all-titanium case with black ceramic push-pieces and screw-locked crown. The blue “Méga Tapisserie” dial and inner bezel are illuminated by rhodium-toned chronograph counters and matched with a blue interchangeable rubber strap. A second black interchangeable rubber strap is included.
The other titanium variant is enriched with a bezel, push-pieces and screw-locked crown in grey ceramics. The grey “Méga Tapisserie” dial is enhanced by blue chronograph counters and a blue inner bezel. The watch is complemented with a grey interchangeable rubber strap and a second blue interchangeable rubber strap. The last model of the collection brings together an 18-carat pink gold case with a black ceramic bezel, both decorated with satin-brushing and polished chamfers. The contrast extends to the push-pieces and crown. The push-pieces and screw-locked crown are crafted in black ceramics and finished with satin-brushing, while the push-piece guards are in sandblasted 18-carat pink gold.
The bezel is matched with a black “Méga Tapisserie” dial adorned with rhodium-toned chronograph counters, whereas the pink gold hour-markers, Royal Oak hands and applied gold AP initials highlight the case’s two-tone design. The watch comes with a black interchangeable rubber strap as well as a black interchangeable alligator strap.