They do more than merely tell the time – sports and ‘tool’ watches measure performance, ensure safety and occasionally, become style icons, reports our watch editor.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Dream Team
The Royal Oak Offshore is not aligned with one specific sport as it’s more of a versatile beast. Recently this attention-grabbing timepiece watch was spotted in the tennis spotlight when world number 3 tennis player Stan Wawrinka won the Geneva Open wearing his Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Dream – a limited edition with a white ceramic case and blue ceramic pushers and crown.
This distinctly male watch was designed with a simple goal: embrace the identity of the Royal Oak but embolden it. Audemars Piguet say, “The Royal Oak Offshore collection has defied established convention since 1993, giving an ever more sporty, masculine and powerful take on the iconic royal oak and its aesthetic codes.”
Easily marked out by the octagonal bezel with eight screws and the signature “tapisserie” patterned dial, the watch features the standard calibre 3126 automatic movement – a reliable modular chronograph with a stop-seconds mechanism for the main timekeeping train, a solid 22k gold rotor for automatic winding and a 60-hour power reserve. The new 42mm models are available in stainless steel, yellow gold and platinum and the 44mm Offshore Chronographs are in ceramic, pink gold, and titanium cases, with black ceramic bezels and pusher as standard.
The version in solid platinum including the bracelet is possibly one of the heaviest watches launched in 2017 and so while it might look amazing on the court, be sure that the weight won’t affect your killer forehand.
By: Nick Rice