Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Survivor Replica Watch Ref.26165IO.OO.A002CA.01
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Survivor Replica Watch chronograph registers on two beautifully-crafted subdials, at 6 and 9 o’clock, as well as the central chrono hand, while the seconds sweep on a silvered subdial at 12 o’clock. 3 o’clock is reserved for the date window, which, while unnecessary after an extinction-level event, will certainly give the survivalists something to remember the old world by. When Gerald Genta designed the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in the 1970s, he created a look that would define luxury sports watches for a very long time indeed.
It’s the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Replica Watch model for a post-apocalyptic world. And it is, in many ways, the ultimate expression of the Offshore spirit. This jet-black, futuristic badass of a luxury watch has a 60-hour power reserve and a super-complex 59-jewel automatic movement.
The dial, which is laid out in a clean, clear, hyper-technical way (again befitting the ‘survival instrument’ aesthetic of the watch), has the mega-tapisserie pattern common to Offshores. And of course the ceramic bezel, while grooved and cut almost beyond recognition, retains the iconic octagonal shape and revealed screws.
Weighing in at a pretty conservative 44 mm, the Audemars Piguet Survivor Replica Watch 26165IO.OO.A002CA.01 looks like something The Predator would wear on its wrist, possibly to activate a thermonuclear device. Or the kind of machine you’d find in Max Rockatansky’s glovebox.
The Royal Oak Offshore Survivor is demonstrably sporty (it’s a chronograph), undeniably masculine, and definitively powerful. In both the figurative and literal senses. But even this mastermind of a designer could not have envisaged the direction Audemars Piguet would take with the Royal Oak Offshore Survivor.
Ceramic chrono pushers are protected by ultra-light, super-strong titanium trigger guards. The screw-down crown is fitted with an oversized sleeve, perforated to keep the watch as weightless as possible, which brings its edge to the edge of the trigger guards.
Beneath the sapphire crystal (which includes a magnifying window for viewing the date clearly, presumably in the haze of a nuclear dust cloud), the Royal Oak Offshore Survivor does retain some of its original Audemars Piguet Replica Watch design language. This stripped-down feel is echoed in the blackened titanium middle element of the case ‘sandwich’, from which holes have been cut. Even the hour and minute hands are perforated. And these details are not merely for style. On the wrist, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Survivor is as light as a feather.