First Look: The Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication Debuts At SIHH 2013

It’s the end of the first day of SIHH 2013 and we’ve seen an incredible number of incredible watches already –here’s a first look at one of the most phenomenal, from Audemars Piguet, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication.  It’s a true grande comp in the classic sense; while the term is used somewhat loosely today, the tradition meaning is a watch with a perpetual calendar, rattrapante chronograph, and minute repeater.  The ROO Grande Comp incorporates all three classic high complications, and is self-winding as well.

648 components, all hand-finished, each assembled by a single watchmaker.  And each one really is made by one watchmaker –not only assembly and adjustment, but all chamfering and other hand-applied finissage is done by one, and only one, watchmaker (there are a grand total of four at Audemars Piguet who have mastered all the crafts necessary to pull this off.

Drop dead beautiful.  Hope you enjoy the view as much as I did.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Grande Complication



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  1. Kyle S. says:

    WOW — really great photos, Jack!

  2. Jack Forster says:

    Thanks Kyle I had a lovely model 🙂

  3. Nic Ortega says:

    Great job, as always, Mr. Forster. Thanks!

    I’m no fan of the AP designs, but this piece is astonishing. Yet, a small, simple detail caught my eye: the tangential alignment of each and every one of the bezel screws, respective of the dial circumference. That’s pretty neat. Nothing escapes those AP watchmasters, it seems.

    Regards from Mexico.

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