For reals? Looked at one way, the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph (Ref 26703ST) is a nice new combination of two of the brand’s favorite Offshore pieces, the chronograph and the diver. But what in the world is up with these colors? I think I’ll call them the fruit family – lime green, lemon yellow, and orange orange. Now, as for the blue and yellow combination — just fine by me. In fact I find this to be a very attractive watch. a real beauty and nice function to boot. The others, well I’m still trying to comprehend that these are now part of the Royal Oak Offshore family.
I recognize the desire of customers to have more options these days, and wow. What does this say to us about one of watchmaking’s most venerable manufactures? I mean, this would seem a bit wild even by Hublot’s standards…but AP?! Audemars Piguet has obviously elected to make a bold move here, and frankly I’m quite intrigued. While Hodinkee calls the new pieces “exceptionally cool”, I’m not so sure. This is probably going to be a polarizing product for AP fans. What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
- Blue: Blue dial and inner bezel, yellow markers on the diving bezel, polished hands and white markings and indexes – on blue rubber strap. Ref. 26703ST.OO.A027CA.01. AP Cal 3124/3841.
- Green: Green dial, black inner bezel with green markers, black sub-dials and blackened hands, white markings and indexes – on green rubber strap. Ref. 26703ST.OO.A038CA.01. AP Cal 3124/3841.
- Yellow: Yellow dial, black inner bezel with yellow markers, black sub-dials and blackened hands, white markings and indexes – on yellow rubber strap. Ref. 26703ST.OO.A051CA.01. AP Cal 3124/3841.
- Orange: Orange dial, black inner bezel with orange markers, black sub-dials and blackened hands, white markings and indexes – on orange rubber strap. Ref. 26703ST.OO.A070CA.01. AP Cal 3124/3841.