A couple of days ago we had the pleasure of perusing the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Ceramic Diver. We would like to thank our friends at Audemars Piguet for allowing us to get up close and personal with this beautiful novelty that was presented earlier this year at the SIHH.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Ceramic Diver ref. 15707CE.00.A002CA.01 is the third Diver in the Royal Oak Offshore Diver line-up and it's one stunning watch. To read our review of the Stainless Steel Diver ref. 15703ST click here and for our review of the Forged Carbon Diver ref. 15706AU click here. At the bottom of this story you'll find a few side-by-side pictures of the Ceramic Diver next to the Stainless Steel one.
This Royal Oak Offshore Diver comes with a case and bezel fully made of ceramic in the same exact measurements as its two siblings —the Stainless Steel and Forged Carbon. In contrast with the other two, the Ceramic Diver is the most lustrous of all, due to the highly reflective properties of the ceramic.
The plots connecting the strap to the case and the case back are made of titanium and out of the three models, the Ceramic Diver is the only one fitted with a display case back that allows full view of the Audemars Piguet calibre 3120.
The 'Méga Tapisserie' dial on the Ceramic Diver is matte opposed to the glossy dials on the Forged Carbon —less glossy than on the SS model— and Stainless Steel Divers. The Stainless Steel model is the only one with a glossy dial. The calendar wheel is also black like on the other Divers; however, it features the newer font just like the Forged Carbon. The orange accents on the seconds, minute hands and rotating bezel need to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. The contrast these accents provide is just exceptional but somewhat flashier than the yellow on the Forged Carbon Diver.
Both crowns on the watch are made of ceramic and they are very easy to use with excellent grip. The brushed finish on the ceramic is superb and has the exact same grain found on the stainless steel Diver. Something we really like about the ceramic model is that, depending on the lighting conditions, the color of the case and bezel will vary from dark black to graphite black.
The strap is the exact same that is fitted on the other two Royal Oak Offshore Divers and just like on the Forged Carbon Diver, the Ceramic Diver also comes with a titanium tang buckle. Weight wise, we feel that the Ceramic Diver is quite close to the Stainless Steel Diver, perhaps slightly lighter. Unfortunately, we didn't have our scale with us to do a weight comparison.
The watch is just as comfortable as the other two Divers but with a sportier look and feel to it. The orange accents seem to go well with most outfits and for sure will be a perfect match to your black Mares diving suit.
The side-by-side pictures below clearly show how much more rugged and sporty the Ceramic Diver is next to the Stainless Steel model. This new model will be available at authorized dealers and boutiques in just a few months. Get your cash ready because we know that once you try one on, you won't want it to leave your wrist —just exactly how we felt when we knew it was time to take it off after reviewing it.
Since the pictures really don't show the true beauty and actual colors of this watch, we encourage you to see it in person to fall in love with it.
Sticker Price $21,800 USD. For more info click here.