2014 is the year of the Royal Oak Offshore at Audemars Piguet with six new iterations of the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 42 mm introducing a more technical look together with black ceramic pushpieces and crown, which have been resized to create a more contemporary look.
The 26470 Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph collection maintains the original 42 mm size of 1993, a size that appeared huge at the time. Every dial is decorated with the Royal Oak Offshore’s distinctive, waffle-like ‘Méga Tapisserie’ pattern. The more sculpted and refined hour-markers together with the new faceted hands lend an additional technical touch while enhancing the readability.
The 100 metres water resistant case is available in stainless or pink gold. Four are the stainless steel variants.
Reference 26470ST.OO.A101CR.01 has a slate-grey dial with black counters and red chronograph hands, white numerals with luminescent coating, and black inner bezel with red details. Black 'Hornback' alligator strap with red-stitching.
Reference 26470ST.OO.A104CR.01 has a slate-grey dial with black counters, black numerals with luminescent coating, and black inner bezel. Grey 'Hornback' alligator strap.
Audemars Piguet describes the style of reference 26470ST.OO.A801CR.01 as 'Vintage Safari'. The ivory-toned dial has brown counters, brown numerals with luminescent coating, and brown inner bezel. Brown 'Hornback' alligator strap with cream-stitching.
Last, the 'Navy' variant of the new Royal Oak Offshore chronograph collection (reference 26470ST.OO.A027CA.01) has a royal blue dial with silver-toned counters and orange chronograph hands, white numerals with luminescent coating, and blue inner bezel. Blue rubber strap.
The pink gold version is available with a hand-stitched large square scale black alligator strap with pink-gold pin buckle or with a pink gold bracelet with AP folding clasp.
All of these models now features a sapphire crystal caseback which displays the self-winding manufacture Calibre 3126/3840 beating at 3Hz (21,600 vph) with its engraved 22-carat gold oscillating mass.