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Audemars Piguet's Royal Oak Offshore Gets Grand Complicated

Audemars Piguet has unveiled a new range of Royal Oak Offshore watches, including the first grand complication in the brawny sport watch range, which marks it 20th anniversary this year. Representing the pinnacle of complicated watchmaking, a grand complication combines at least three of watchmaking’s most demanding complications with timekeeping, astronomical and striking functions—traditionally, a chronograph, perpetual calendar and minute repeater. Typically such rarefied, highly technical movements are housed in classically styled watches that exude elegance and refinement. Audemars Piguet breaks this rule by combining its Caliber 2885 self-winding split-second chronograph movement—featuring a minute repeater, a perpetual calendar and a moon-phase indicator—with the sporty 44mm Royal Oak Offshore case in brushed titanium with a black rubber strap. The collection’s trademark octagonal bezel accentuated with eight screws is crafted from rugged satin-brushed black ceramic. Even the skeletonized movement with 648 components has been given a modern touch by pairing old-world finishing techniques, including beveling, with contemporary treatments such as sandblasting. Audemars Piguet will produce three of these 21st-century grand complications, priced at $741,600. Another version will be offered in a pink gold case with a white rubber strap.