Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix Limited Edition
The 2010 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Marine Grand Prix is undoubtedly the most exciting racing-themed Royal Oak Marine Grand Prix to debut since the epic Barrichello 2 in 2006. This limited edition of the Grand Prix of the Sea is one of only 1,750 produced.
See how 44mm of carbon fiber, titanium and ceramic come together in a nod to modern Formula 1 technology. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix recreates several of the best features of the 2004 Juan Pablo Montoya and 2006 RBII, but the GP LE continues to innovate in the spirit of these predecessors.
Consider the bezel; it packs layers of carbon and ceramic into a glamorous model of an automotive vehicle. The shape of the platinum bolts of the bezel references the lug nuts of high-end wheels, and the layered carbon/ceramic is reminiscent of ventilated disc brakes.
The side of the case at 9 o’clock is shaped in the image of the F1 front wing, the titanium chronograph pusher guard on the opposite shoulder echoes the diffuser at the rear of the F1 car; the pushers are reminiscent of the exhaust pipes, and the crown symbolizes the installation Racing-type transaxle gearbox behind the engine.
Audemars Piguet went to great lengths to give the Grand Prix an unforgettable and eye-catching face. The dial impresses the observer with its depth, layering and dynamic use of colour. A multi-layered tachymeter, outer dial, inner ring and sundial draw the eye to the centre, with vibrant colours referencing the kaleidoscope of the starting line of a modern Formula 1 car.
On the back of the case, the AP continues the bezel theme with a spoked cover that frames a sapphire window. The frame is formed in the shape of the spokes, and the platinum "lug nut" bolts mirror the treatment of the bezel. The racing-inspired theme of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix continues unabated. The design team didn't give up halfway.
A unique winding rotor in black 22-carat yellow gold powers the Audemars Piguet Manufacture Caliber 3126. With free springs with a 55-hour power reserve, top-of-the-line finish and maintenance-free ceramic winding rotor bearings, this is a "motor" worthy of an F1 tribute watch.