For 2014 Audemars Piguet has updated the 42 mm Royal Oak Offshore, and here is your official rundown. Six versions of the new Royal Oak Offshore models have been introduced, two in pink gold, four in steel. All said and done the ROO looks as good as it ever has, and with an in-house movement (AP Cal 3126) now, too. My favorite of the new bunch is the Royal Oak Offshore Navy, in steel with a blue dial, white subs and numerals, and orange hands and accents, on a blue rubber strap. I’ll run through all the new changes for you, and of course give you a look at each model and closeups on all the new det’s and pricing, below.
AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE 42MM (REF 26470)
The six new references of 2014
The improvements are fairly subtle and, as far as the case is concerned, includes ceramic pushers and crown (previously they were rubber coated metal) and slight case shape changes (crown and pusher guards).
Turning to the dial, slight changes include the date disc now matching the color of the dial, slimmer Arabic hour numerals, and broader hour & minute hands.
Turning to the inside of the watch, a more major change is made: AP moves from the Caliber 2326 (a Jaege-LeCoultre Cal 889) to their in-house Caliber 3126. The Cal 3126 is not an integrated chronograph caliber, it uses a Dubois-Depraz chronograph module, but it is worth showing off and indeed the new AP ROO Ref 24670 series will have display backs.
Lastly, leaving no component of this major yet subtle overhaul undone, the straps have been reshaped a bit and given a wide pin buckle. And the final cherry on top? A reference number change…to 26470 from 26170.
The new Royal Oak Offshore 42mm collection will be out Q2’14-ish; the price for the steel models is $25,600 on rubber straps and $26,000 on the hornback alligator straps; the rose-gold model is $40,700 on the strap and $69,200 on the bracelet.