Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 25th Anniversary

Mar 27, 2021,03:40 AM

Been trying to obtain this model for months, and after being informed the only steel version in China (from Beijing Boutique) is being sold on secondary market, had to pick it up. Being a limited edition of 50 peices in either steel or rose gold, I have to say that this is something you don't see very often and is much rarer than most AP concepts. 

Below I will attempt to give a brief review paired with pics:

As you can see the watch is quite a monster on the wrist, with a size of 45mm, bigger than your typical 42 & 44, and is thicker than the ROOs of 42 and 44 as well. I've seen a few people with small wrists try this watch on and I have to say it looks quite stupid, with the width of the bezel as the same width as their wrist. However the watch is not heavy at all, which I believe is a combination of 1) not having an actual bezel (see below)  2) skeletonized movement for the most part.

The dial and front of the watch feels very different from any other Offshore - they've made a couple bold design options and I have to say it feels like it's paid off. The solid bezel is replaced purely by sapphire, so basically the bezel is a part of the one-peice sapphire, though you still have the outline of the bezel shape due to the presence of the tachymetre. The dial is hard to describe, it's unlike your typical skeleton which has many ridges and bridges, it instead has a spiral ladder-step type of feel, with multiple layers of depth. It feels like you're looking into some sort of a three-dimensional chamber. The case itself is built differently from other offshores as well, with the connecting edges shaped differently, with a larger surface area of polished steel.

The design of the chrono-pushers are simply put quite sexy, they're shaped like some sort of pushers on a supercar steering wheel (looks like back headlights of a MacLaren to me).  The crown is big, and winding a smooth and seamless. Overall the entire case design feels rather futuristic for a ROO.

Wrist presence of this watch is probably second to none - the finishing on the case screams excellence, and from a small distance you can tell it's some sort of skeletonized ROO. Though as I said before, smaller wrists and skinnier body types probably not suited for this watch.

And last but not least - the movement is out of this world, probably one of the best looking movements alongside the AP Schumacher Laptimer.

Hope you guys enjoyed this, and would be glad to answer any questions wink

- Hackworth

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Absolutely awesome

 By: Gelato Monster : March 27th, 2021-04:06
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 By: Gwai : March 27th, 2021-04:13
(Instantly forgot the things I posted about AP marketing recently.) What an absolutely singular piece! Cheers Marc
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Thanks Marc!

 By: Hackworth : March 27th, 2021-21:20
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Your AP collection is growing fast

 By: piccolochimico (aka dsgalaxy1) : March 27th, 2021-04:17
After those 3 gems, you come back with another rare pearl. This model, as well as the other beasts, are the true statement of Giulio Papi's craftsmanship and ability in designing complications. How smooth are the pushers? I guess you know the Datograph fe... 
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Thanks Simone, in terms of chrono pushers crispness, I think it's hard to beat something like Datograph (if you're referring to the Lange)

 By: Hackworth : March 27th, 2021-21:22
Probably smoother than most 44mm offshores, but doesn't have the "bounce" that Schumacher Laptimer does
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Many members skip over these amazing AP creations

 By: MichaelC : March 27th, 2021-06:29
I am squarely in the group that could never afford one, but I sure know and remember them. Congratulations, another whale at your dock!
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Thanks Michael!

 By: Hackworth : March 27th, 2021-21:24
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thanks, good suggestion ;)

 By: Hackworth : March 27th, 2021-21:24
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Fascinating piece and post! A true delight to have pictures and text that convey a personal sense of the watch, thanks a lot for taking the time to share :)

 By: oyster case : March 27th, 2021-10:58
Audemars Piguet is such a great brand with so many fantastic pieces, they have really captured my imagination, as they obviously have yours. Loving the passion!
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Thanks for dropping by :)

 By: Hackworth : March 27th, 2021-21:26
You make a good point regarding the personal perspective/sense, watches I guess are very personal things, as much as about the details/mechanism as well as the feel and aura when wearing it
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Jeans, Black T-shirt and that?

 By: toowoundup : March 27th, 2021-11:20
What a flex..... Looks incredible!
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 By: toowoundup : March 28th, 2021-05:21
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Congrats on a awesome and rare bird.

 By: amanico : March 27th, 2021-12:33
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Incredible AP 👌🏻

 By: Watchonthewrist : March 27th, 2021-12:48
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A beauty!

 By: FlyingSnoopy : March 28th, 2021-01:36
Enjoy it!
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Awesome piece!

 By: pfang56 : March 28th, 2021-01:42
Would love to see the family shot. Congrats! Peter
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