Insider: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 44mm Anthracite Dial ref. 26402CE. Just Stunning in Every Aspect.

This new sophisticated chronograph with its incisive design features a wealth of opulent detailing. Presented at the SIHH 2014 and also in 2015 in Geneva, this new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore in 44 mm ref. 26402CE.OO.A002CA.02 features a full ceramic case and bezel paired with an Anthracite dial with “Méga Tapisserie”, anthracite counter at 12 o’clock, anthracite counters with grey outer zone at 6 and 9 o’clock and red chronograph hands. The look of this new dial is accentuated by the silver flange with tachymeter scale. The ceramic case is round out by its titanium crown guards, titanium plots and black rubber strap with titanium pin buckle. As it is the norm with Royal Oaks and Royal Oak Offshores, the finish on the case is superb and the traditional vertical brushed finish is prevalent on both the bezel and the case in a remarkable way.

This new anthracite dial is very unique in terms of color and depending on the angle at which the light hits it, it will vary from a deep grey, to a greyish blue and even to a deep midnight blue. The red accents along with the silvered outer zone on the chrono registers and the white and black markers make this dial a perfectly balanced one.

The beating heart inside this watch is the Audemars Piguet calibre 3126/3840 composed of 365 parts, 59 jewels and which provides a power reserve of 55 hours. As we have mentioned it before, this calibre is based off of the 3120 but with a Dubois-Depraz chrono module. The calibre is fully visible via the display case back on the watch.

On the wrist, the watch is just exceptional. Even though we consider ourselves Royal Oak Offshore purists and to us there's nothing more comfortable than the original 42 mm Offshore, we feel that the 44 mm case is just as comfortable. The wrist presence of this new anthracite dial Offshore is just out of this world and all we can say is that we were pleasantly surprised by how good this watch looks all around.

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