Some watches don’t have a story. Some just make up the pieces to a history of watches that have gone against the conventional way of constructing a timepiece. In 1993 Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak Offshore. A sporty and masculine watch that emanates power and envy in enthusiasts and professionals around the world. Yes, some watches don’t have a symbolic story or honorable meaning behind their special edition esteem. Instead, some watches are straight forward, because they don’t need to play games to score. Some are just named Lava because they’re just simply, Hot!
Produced in Singapore, only 99 Audemars Piguet Offshore Lava
Special Editions were made and let loose into the world. If you are a fan of Audemars Piguet and aren’t afraid of a little heat, the black watch, with bold and dominant orange accents, definitely belongs in your portfolio.
The watch originally comes with the complete black horn back alligator strap with orange stitching but we thought it would look even cooler with the complete orange horn back alligator strap with black stitching. Don’t be fooled by its size; this watch is 42mm in diameter, but looks smaller than it is because of its all black stealthy case, so it’s big, but subtle. The Lava Special Edition is not a daily watch, but definitely one to pull out when you want a unique piece on your wrist, plus it’ll spice up your look. With only a few ever produced and its’ valiant aesthetics, the watch is scorching hot like molten lava.
The Audemars Piguet Survivor was launched in 2008 and sold out almost immediately. With only 1,000 pieces produced, this limited edition AP was hard to attain, which made spotting one in a crowd, an infrequent phenomenon.
The design of the Survivor is sleek and classy, but does not lack edge and virility. It’s innovative architecture set the bar high within the offshore family, inside and out. The chunky masculinity of the case and the massive chronographs create a sense of indestructability, making it the go to watch to sport when surviving the apocalypse.
When I first learned about the AP Survivor in 2009 and registered its bold presence, I thought it was huge! To be honest, I thought it was a little too big! Now it’s 2016 and the Survivor is a socially desired size, because we’re living in a time of big chunky watches, making the Survivor even more desirable than when it sold out in 2008, if that’s even possible. Looking at it now, it somehow seems smaller than I remember it back in 2009. I guess it’s true that your perception could alter and be influenced over time.
What I love most about this timepiece is how much the name fits the true style and look of this watch. The functional crown guards are designed to prevent any accidental impact from your daily office activity or even during your next adrenalin packed adventure, while still maintaining its stealth and stylish image. It’s truly constructed to Survive anything! Regardless of what this watch was intended to be worn for, it looks like the Swiss went a little Mad Max on its design, and the world of watch collectors and admirers loved it!
Like many watches, the Audemars Piguet “End Of Days” Royal Oak Offshore gets its name from a famous icon. This AP in specific was named after the thriller “End of Days” staring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The movie was about Satan, Schwarzenegger, returning to earth and walking the streets of New York City, while also rocking an AP on his devilish wrists. This paved the way towards the watches popularity and it soon became the most demanded watch on the market. Its movie cameo and Schwarzenegger’s impeccable taste for luxury watches set this AP on the map.
After the movie released in 1999, the AP “End of Days” became the hottest, pun intended, of all the limited edition Royal Oaks, and has yet to loose its sizzle. Although it’s highly in demand and obtained or admired by watch collectors worldwide, there is a limited supply of 500 ever made, making this AP, not only desired, but also rare. It’s true that the AP End Of Days gets its fame from fame itself, but this limited edition timepiece has a lot more to offer than being on Schwarzenegger’s wrist while on set. On its own, the AP End Of Days is an innovation. It has spearheaded the art of making luxury watches by being the first Royal Oak to be darkened by a PVD treatment. The watch is sexy and masculine. It has a black waffle dial with three chronographs. The numerals and hands on the dial are luminescent, helping you read time in the darkest of corners.
The strap is black Kevlar and Velcro, giving off the strong and rugged look so that even the smallest man can feel like the Governator. You wouldn’t expect it to look good on a thinner wrist, but this AP sits comfortably on all wrist sizes, and the kevlar strap helps form the fit. Personally, I prefer the Kevlar, which they used to fit their tang buckle onto the strap as shown, although some tend to vote against it. Though the body of the watch is big, its not overpowering. I love its low key stealth-ness but the right amount of yellow marks also makes it pop, flirting with your enemy, while still establishing your dominance. A couple things that aren’t ideal about this watch are how the double Velcro strap can make it difficult to wear because it gives it a very clunky feel. When it comes to the design, I would have blacked out the screws on the bezel as well as the steel crown cover. Other than that this is a badass watch. I am a huge AP lover, and it doesn’t hurt to feel indestructible like Schwarzenegger tends to be in his movies.
The AP “End Of Days” is not just a watch; it’s a collector’s timepiece and investment, because like hell, it will never freeze over.
This Audemars Piguet is where the world of luxury watches and luxury race cars come together as one. Starting with its carbon fiber construction, which is also the omnipresent material in Formula One race cars and the material used in motorsports across the world, and ending with the mechanical and aesthetic resemblance.
Michael Schumacher, known as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time, believes that the process of making a watch is much like the process of working on a race car. The most intricate details are significant because even the smallest functions have a cause, a connection and an effect.
The AP Grand Prix itself works like a race car, which is how it received its name. The dial reads like the instruments that are on the dashboard, the crown is the gear, and the bezel is the break disk. The rotor that controls the resilience of the race car is much like the rotors that are found within the AP, and the lug nuts on the wheels are much like the screws holding the watch together. When you pop open the hood of a race car and ogle the high performance engine, think of popping open the Audemars Piguet Grand Prix and admiring the movement of the chronograph.
The AP Grand Prix gets its name from the open-wheel race held on a street circuit in downtown Long Beach, California. It was the first race during each year of the World Series starting in 2004, but it was the premier circuit in Champ Car starting in 1996. Till this day, the Long Beach Grand Prix is the longest running major street race in North America, highlighting this AP’s technique, resilience and flair.
The forged carbon is extremely light. Originally made for aeronautics, the forging method had to be altered by AP to cater to molding smaller pieces. Over time, they have adjusted the technique of heating and cooling the molds to be able to create this beautiful luxury timepiece. In result the case has a glistening effect, a silky feel, and although large, chunky and masculine, the forged carbon allows the watch to stay nice and light.
The strap of the watch stays true to its motorsport origins. It’s made of Alcantara which is the same leather used inside race cars. Alcantara is made of 68% polyesters and 32% polyurethane, which mean that it is extremely durable and stain resistant. The look of the strap and its tactile feel is similar to that of suede, which people commonly misinterpret it as.
The look of the watch is sexy and sleek with its red and black carbon case. The characteristics of the dial flirt with the idea of speed and thrill seeking. The only downside of having a carbon fiber watch is that the carbon is very brittle and when banged around, the edges may start to wear down, and eventually crumble. If that does end up happening keep in mind that having to replace the case or bezel of this watch can be expensive, so wear it with care.
You can purchase the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix in either titanium, 18K rose gold or platinum. All three are limited edition and have a limited supply of 1,750 pieces, 650 pieces, and 75 pieces, respectively.
At the end of the day, if you are a luxury watch and a motorsport lover, this is the watch for you. Its core works like the core of a race car. Its body is made out of the same materials as a race car. Therefore, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix Limited Edition Carbon is essentially, the race car of watches.