The most recent addition to the Royal Oak Offshore line is the new Audemars Piguet Midnight Blue Watch 42mm ref. 26470ST.OO.A028CR.01 with black dial and blue registers. This is the watch that is a combination of black and blue discreetly evokes the Dark Knight colors.
The latest chronograph of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 42mm, which sports a more subdued and humble look. That said, make no mistake it’s as bold, brutal as ever.
The titanium case of Audemars Piguet Midnight Blue Watch has a very wide width of 42 mm and is 14.5 mm thick. It’s certainly not a dainty piece of wristwear, but it’s a dive watch, understandably. It’s a little thinner than the more traditional Offshore, though. As with diving, visibility is paramount, which is why contrasting yet sensitive tones are used.
The Audemars Piguet Midnight Blue Watch has “Méga Tappiserie” dial used hour markers and skeletonized baton hands in contrast to thick white-gold. It makes the optimum readability, in a dark space or the water. The usage of blue for the minute chart compares well with the subdials of grey.
As for the subdials, a circular-grained outer rim features the hour and minute totalizers. This contrasts well with the watch case as a whole. Although the hands of the subdial register show the hexagonal form of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 42mm watch as the pinions in the middle. The rubber band is nothing short of what you might anticipate from a fabrication. Choosing blue is a nice touch, adding a rugged element. It also comes with a white strap.
The chronograph’s actuation is a very smooth operation. Despite each actual external part of Audemars Piguet Midnight Blue Watch is made of titanium. It gives the whole process a lightness. All in all, it’s nice to see the Audemars Piguet Midnight Blue Watch package in a smarter, smaller, and lighter way. This fills the difference between mere elegance and ruggedness.
Best Features of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 42mm
A true chameleon depending on where you are, how bright or dark. The offshore Audemars Piguet Royal Oak comes with a matt black mega tapisserie dial. The dial features dark blue registers and black-luminescent coated white Arabic numerals. The dial will mostly show as solid black, depending on the lighting conditions. The back around the watch will in a subtly and interesting way show you the dark blue registers. This is one of those dials where lights mask the true nature of the watch at the approved dealers. Under natural light, it’s a lot nicer.
The dial includes working second’s record at 12, a 12-hour Chrono record at 6, and a 30-minute Chrono record at 9. At 3 o’clock you can still see a date aperture, all rounded out by a dark blue flange of tachymetric scale and hands of white gold.
The watch is equipped with a white contrast stitching, non-Hornback dark blue alligator strap, and stainless steel pin buckle. Therefore the strap tapers to 20 mm, this strap at the buckle is completely different in width 4 mm narrower. It comes with better results compared to the Audemars Piguet Royal Offshores.
The Offshore is 3126/3840 caliber powered. It is based on the in-house automatic caliber 3120 of the Audemars Piguet with a Chrono module of Dubois Depraz. The motion is visible in full via the back display case. This mechanical action consisting of 365 pieces, beats at 21,600 vph, or 3 Hz frequencies. It provides 50-hours power supply. This 59-jewel movement also features a solid oscillating gold signature engraved with the crests.
As usual for the offshore, the dial is finished with a guilloche of the Méga Tapisserie, rendered in a dark blue with black counter chronograph. The flange was widened around the dial. It acts as a minute log, rather than a tachymeter scale, which has been dropped. And the hands are a completely new design with luminescent tips partially skeletonized. That bases loosely on the conventional hands of Royal Oak. Within the reshaped hour markers the latest template for the hands is repeated to improve the wrist look.
- It offers a successful stylistic appearance.
- The case finish is smooth and long-lasting.
- The watch gives comfort on your wrist despite the large size.
- An excellent compromise between class and audacity
- This can resist water up to 100 meters.
- It has a power reserve capacity of 50 hours.
- The price is high.
- The date window is complicated.
How to Spot a Fake Audemars Piguet Midnight Blue Watch?
If you are in the market for an Audemars Piguet watch, if you purchase a pre-owned Audemars Piguet, your dollars go even faster. When the item you’re seeking is significantly cheaper than the competition, this may be a problem. It could be an imposter watch, as it might be. Price alone is insufficient to decide if the cheap Audemars watch is falsified or a pretty fine fin. Yet it’s worth taking careful consideration of a suspectly low quality.
Quality and Weight
If you’re fortunate enough to see the watch until you purchase it, look carefully at the engravings on the case. Be conscious of Audemars Piguet’s spelling on the watch in question as also with an authentic-looking tag.
This watch is lasered onto the dial with a very unique design that forgers consider difficult to duplicate. Quite often, forgers forget about the complex Tapisserie design on the screen.
The watch’s weight also reflects an instant warning flag. Actual Audemars Piguet is heavy up to watches.
The Royal Oak has a rather good brush-finish that passes across the watch vertically.
Audemars Piguet watches are lasered onto the dial with a very unique pattern that forgers consider challenging to reproduce. Rather often, forgers either totally overlook the mega tapisserie pattern on the dial or botch the template.
One of the most important inspection items is the watch movement. Falsified ones may look the same as the real deal, but the internal mechanisms of authentic watches will never be available.
Serial Number & Certificate
Any certificate which proves the watch’s validity with serial numbers will tell you a lot about the timepiece’s genuineness. Original boxes and an authenticity certificate should give you a great deal of insight into the quality of the watch and its history.
The first factor which can hit your mind is its resolutely monochrome, chromatic approach. This feeling can’t get more seductive and sophisticated all in shades of brown. The black-colored dial will give a more natural appearance that better suits the watch’s other components.
The final depiction is smooth and highly elegant. Nevertheless, the watch holds a lot of character. It is above all Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 42mm watch with everything that means, also a versatile build. The pushers and the crown are both constructed of gray and echo ceramics. Although easily distinguishable from the case the bezel.
Therefore, from an aesthetic point of view, the choice of materials is judicious. Titanium will make the watch lighter and more convenient, which will enhance the style. A hand-stitched blue Alligator leather bracelet with a pin buckle made of stainless steel completes the feel.
The watch is thick and its style fits in well. Additionally, the module allows the date window to be set at 3 a.m. Indeed, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 42mm is above all an aesthetic success in its chronograph version, and even if the pushers are not screwed. The good surprise is that the chronograph module is handling pleasantly, the chronograph can precisely start or stop.
For all these purposes the Audemars Piguet Midnight Blue Watch is rather compelling. It is targeted for consumers who want to join the Royal Oak Offshore environment while retaining a strong dose of beauty and power. This is a natural balance between sophistication and risk while providing products carefully chosen. And for me, it is one of Audemars Piguet’s most exquisite novelties.