Audemars Piguet is pissed. If you have been watching the company during the last ten years approximately, you’d notice lots of Formula 1 designed special edition watches within the Royal Oak Offshore collection. Seeing them could easily make you think that Audemars Piguet (AP) and F1 has some form of bond. And lately that relationship ended. Hublot – all over again- got from under AP’s noses, an invaluable sponsorship including by using F1. Audemars Piguet continues to be pissed about this. While it will require a great deal time before Hublot can match the movement quality and consumer thought of AP, they’re rapidly nabbing up close ties that AP was one proud and secure in getting.
But let us not consider at this time. Let us think back previously a little. To when AP was at solid ties with Formula 1, and also the special edition models as a result of that partnership put like gasoline in individuals thirsty large engines. This is among the kids of that relationship. Previously I spoke concerning the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Rubens Barichello II special edition watch. It really shares a great deal that is similar to this Juan Pablo Montoya special edition pieces. Both males were obviously race vehicle motorists at that time. Compare the 2 and you may begin to see the AP designers were thoughtful of evolving this design theme.
The Royal Oak Offhsore Juan Pablo Montoya two variants arriving titanium or gold. In my opinion it arrived on the scene in 2002, throughout time when Mr. Montoya was doing quick well within the F1 scene. Take note this is of the very most highly desired Audemars Piguet special edition Formula 1 watches. Really, probably the most collectible special edition Royal Oak Offshore pieces available whatsoever. Essentially which makes it among the couple of that’s available and costs greater than it in all probability retailed for around 8 years back. 1000 pieces in titanium and 500 pieces in rose gold. It’s no coincidence the race vehicle driver’s title seems like he’s a medication the almighty. He’s in the end Colombian. Basically had among the watches, I’d let people think AP managed to get for any special, very persuasive client in South U.S.A.. The timepiece chronograph hands have been in the colours from the Colombian flag, and there’s a fascinating variation towards the standard “mega tapisserie” dial textures. In the centre, the pattern changes to resemble a track curve, a little just like a flag, or possibly the Microsoft Home windows logo design (surely the second).
The 44-45mm wide situation arrived titanium or steel and it was produced in the ‘carbon fiber’ era (when i refer to it as). When it comes to situation size, I’m not totally sure, however i think the gold model was a little bigger compared to titanium model. The bezel on top and sides are inlaid nicely with carbon fibre. This put on the chronograph pusher enclosures on sides from the watch. The chronograph pushers about this model were initially designed to seem like gas pedals, but have since been used a lot that forget their original theme. I really like the woven stitching around the alligator strap. Supposed to resemble a racing suit, but (especially around the titanium model) jogs my memory of the Spiderman web. In my opinion the crown is supposed to look a little as an F1 vehicle gas cap.
Within the watch, and visual with the azure caseback window is definitely an Audemars Piguet in-house made Calibre 2226/2840 automatic chronograph movement. Nutrients – just what to anticipate from AP. Like a special edition watch, I’m surprised that that one really did its job to be highly collectible and valuable. A lot of special edition pieces within the watch world virtually wiped out that advertise for many of them available. Prices nowadays around the Audemars Piguet Royal Offshore Juan Pablo Montoya special edition watches run about $40,000 in titanium contributing to $75,000 (figures online). Unsure of latest auction results. This really is incredible because of the pieces. Chalk up to get affordable design, and remembrance of a period when Formula 1 belonged to Audemars Piguet.