Audemars Piguet have created a new Royal Oak Offshore model to honour their role of official timekeeper for the Tour Auto Vintage Car Rally - and it looks superb in the National colours of France where the event is held each year.
Only 150 pieces will be made - limited, yes - but not unattainable, unlike some previous special editions which use ceramic/carbon fibre/titanium/platinum/cermet (ceramic + metal)/gold..... this one is made from good ol' steel, brushed to remove the shine, apart from on the bezel edges which remain polished.
A few details set Offshore models apart - this one has poke-out pushers, not the flat "F1" inspired types, this one has numerals, not markers, this one is understated ( - can an Offshore be thus described?) and not showy like perhaps the Grand Prix Collection pieces are.
Inside the Royal Oak Offshore Tour Auto 2012 is the self-winding Calibre 3126/3840 with a power reserve of 60 hours. The case is 42mm across ( but will still wear big) and the piece comes presented on a rather dapper gnarley blue hornback alligator strap.
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