Audemars Piguet Unveils Royal Oak Offshore Tour Auto 2009 Chronograph

Apr 25, 2009
To mark the fourth time it acts as Official Timekeeper of the Tour Auto, Audemars Piguet has created an exceptional new watch - the Royal Oak Offshore Tour Auto 2009 Chronograph. The timepiece will be available in a limited edition of just 100 pieces. It is the Official watch of the 18th edition of the classic Tour Auto car rally.

The new Audemars Piguet chronograph demonstrates a range of stylistic peculiarities inspired by racing cars.

The black dial of the watch is completed with red counters reminding of a chequered race flag. The red hand resembles the hands featured on the instrument panel of a racing car. The dial is adorned with exclusive “Mega-Tapisserie” decorative motif. It is also completed with luminescent hour-markers and luminescent white gold hour and minute hands.

The case of the Royal Oak Offshore Tour Auto 2009 Chronograph is crafted from titanium, a material highly appreciated for its lightness and supreme wear-resistance.

The case construction, 42 mm in diameter, incorporates an octagonal bezel, produced from black rubber and fitted with polished steel screws, as well as a screw-lock crown and push-pieces in red rubber. The face of the timepiece is protected by a sapphire crystal.

The case-back of the Audemars Piguet watch shows off an engraving of the Tour Auto logo and the inscription – “Royal Oak Offshore – Serie Limitee.” The timepiece
is 100-meter water-resistant.

The Tour Auto 2009 Chronograph guarantees precision timekeeping as it is equipped with a self-winding movement - Calibre 2326/2840, beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. It offers 38 hours of power reserve.

The movement reveals fine finishing, with all parts decorated by hand. Its mainplate is rhodium-plated, bevelled and circular-grained, while the bridges are embellished with Cotes de Geneve motif.

The Royal Oak Offshore Tour Auto 2009 Chronograph, reviewed by, is presented on a black rubber strap fitted with a titanium folding clasp.

The Tour Auto, one of the most prestigious car events in the world, puts mechanisms to the strictest test. Keeping it in mind, Audemars Piguet has created the new watch synonymous to avant-garde technology, supreme performance and remarkable dedication to perfection.

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