Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 25th Anniversary
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