April 26, 2012 | Audemars Piguet
Spotted: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore "Survivor"
Originally introduced in November 2008, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore "Survivor" has an unmistakable design with its massive crown and pusher guards and all black color scheme. It comes in a 42 mm x 15.65 mm black titanium case, which is not huge, until you add the guards. The Survivor came at a time when big bold timepieces were in style; now 4 short years later, following a major global recession - smaller more reserved timepieces are the trend.
Inside, is self-winding in-house chronograph caliber 3126/3840 which has 59 jewels, 365 parts, a frequency of 21,600 vph (3Hz) and a power reserve of 60 hours. The 3126 uses a variable-intertia balance with eight inertia-blocks and a flat-spring. All parts decorated by hand: mainplate rhodium-plated, bevelled and stippled; bridges adorned with "Cotes De Geneve" motif.
Functions include hours, minutes, small seconds and date. Chronograph with central sweep seconds hand
30-minute and 12-hour counters. Tachometric scale around the flange.
The dial is matte black with exclusive "Mega Tapisserie" guilloche motif, snailed hour-circle, luminescent skeleton, hour and minute hands and luminescent applied hour-markers. Medallion back in blackened titanium with non-slip motif, titanium engraved with the inscription "Royal Oak Offshore Survivor- Limited Edition."
Black ceramic bezel with vertical stripes. Vulcanized rubber strap with chequered motifs and oversized buckle in blackened titanium. Water-resistant 100 meters. Limited edition 1,000 pieces.
Retail $45,000 (original price)