The enigmatic Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph "End of Days" Limited Edition 26420CE is unveiled by Audemars Piguet

HM Jewelers
August 30, 2023
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The renowned Swiss luxury watch brand now introduces the Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph ref. 26420CE, following the tremendous success of the Black Ceramic Chrono ref. 26238, which was inspired by the original Offshore model from 1993.

This limited edition masterpiece epitomises exclusivity as it emerges from a magnificent ensemble of black ceramic that has been painstakingly crafted into a commanding 43 mm x 14.4 mm case. It pays homage to the renowned Royal Oak Offshore ref. 25770SN—the first special edition that graced the globe in 1999, accompanying Arnold Schwarzenegger on his motion picture journey in "End of Days"—by adorning titanium accents, such as the seductive studs, push-pieces, and case back. The Austrian/American actor's unflappable presence in that movie probably contributed to the Offshore's long-lasting victory.

Royal OAk Offshore 26420CE Limited Edition

The new Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph is inspired by every detail of the 1999 model, as if looking back to a more illustrious time. Black ceramic and titanium are seamlessly combined, blending with exquisite accuracy, and the octagonal bezel is firmly fastened to the case by stainless steel screws. Despite its substantial proportions, the watch weighs only 103 grammes thanks to these carefully chosen materials.

Audemars Piguet rigorously hand-finishes the watch, assuring the delicate interplay of lines, angles, and bevels, as part of its unwavering quest of quality. A stunning symphony of alternate polished and satin surfaces is the end result, demonstrating the Manufacture's unmatched skill. Its impressive water resistance of 10 bar (100 meters/330 feet) endows the clock with aquatic expertise and ensures steady performance.

The new Offshore emerges dazzling with a black dial accented with vivid yellow accents, paying enthralling homage to the original 1999 masterpiece. The tachymeter scale, hour markers, and Royal Oak hands are decorated with an appealing interplay of colours that are made of brilliant white gold, given a seductive black finish, and enhanced with alluring yellow luminosity. The Mega Tapisserie pattern serves as a magical backdrop for the classic AP logo, which is carved from dazzling gold. Meanwhile, the black counters gracefully adorn the dial in a lovely 3-6-9 layout.

Through the translucent sapphire crystal case back, one can see the astonishing Calibre 4401, which beats with a steadfast cadence of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour), which is the heart of this timekeeping miracle. Its complex openworked oscillating weight dances in unison, displaying the watchmaker's talent. With a noteworthy 70-hour power reserve, the watch is unwavering in its commitment to flawless performance.

The watch is outfitted with a black calfskin strap that has a seductive textile feel and is brought to life by vivid yellow stitching to complete this mesmerising horological masterpiece. One can easily switch the strap out for another one that is made of yellow calfskin and has fine black stitching thanks to the watch's built-in interchangeable mechanism, which allows for a seamless statement of personal style.

The magnificent black leather strap that completes this timepiece's design is subtly infused with an appealing textile texture that entices the senses. The strap is a testament to the deft hands of experienced craftsmen who have woven together threads of extraordinary quality, much like a stroke of artistic brilliance. It caresses the wrist with a soft yet powerful presence and exudes a subtle elegance.

Royal OAk Offshore 26420CE

The clever integrated interchangeable system from Audemars Piguet takes centre stage in this clever display, opening the door to countless options. By switching between the watch's encompassing black calfskin strap and an additional span of luxurious yellow calfskin, one may effortlessly change the watch's character. Each stitch, painstakingly crafted in ebony threads, is evidence of the brand's unwavering dedication to excellence.

It encourages the user to go on a voyage of self-discovery, where the interaction of black and yellow, the intricate tapestry of textures, and the stitching produce a striking representation of one's uniqueness. Each strap adds depth to the story, amplifies the resonance, and gives the audacity of one's individual style a resolute voice that will live on in the history books.

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