The Royal Oak Offshore Ginza 7 Limited edition is one of the very few Offshores with a smooth dial that lacks the traditional 'Clous du Paris' traditional tapisserie that we typically find on almost all Royal Oaks and Offshores. We can only think of a handful of references that are missing the tapisserie like the discontinued rose gold and tantalum Royal Oaks, the Leo Messi Limited Edition and the Ginza 7.
The watch lifestyler behind this superb watch is an avid Audemars Piguet and Rolex collector that acquired this watch after falling in love with it while reading a magazine on his way to Japan. After thorough research and frequent travel to Asia, he finally experienced one at the Audemars Piguet boutique in Tokyo and he knew he had to have one, especially, due to his Japanese heritage and the noble cause behind the watch. As you can appreciate on the pictures, he decided to switch the crocodile strap that originally came with this watch for the
rubber strap that comes with the Offshore Rubberclad. He wanted a sportier look and the ability to wear the watch everywhere. Nothing wrong with that.
The Royal Oak Offshore Ginza 7 Limited Edition is exclusively distributed for purchase at the Audemars Piguet boutique in Tokyo and is core part of the Audemars Piguet 'Support Japan' Project. This watch produced in a limited edition of only 200 pieces pledges 10% of its sales to the project. Launched in July of 2011, you rarely come across one of this beautiful watches in the wild. With its smooth dial you can appreciate the care and attention to details put forth by Audemars Piguet. The
delicate thin rose gold surroundings on the chrono registers, the diamond encrusted '7' that from the distance almost looks metallic, the black calendar wheel with white font that ads a striking contrast and the Arabic numbers in charcoal gray that tend to almost disappear over the smooth black dial.
This watch offers great versatility as you can wear it with a casual attire or a formal one. To be honest, the Royal Oak Offshore Ginza 7 looks superb with almost anything. One great attribute of this watch is that is very stealthy and it’s definitely not the type of watch that
screams for attention. On this watch like on any other Audemars Piguet watch, is hard to find design flaws, however, a very small downside is the lack of contrast on the running seconds hand at 12
o'clock making it hard to read when hacking the movement for time setting. Lastly, we would like to point out that this fantastic reference is fitted with a display case back for those of you that enjoy staring at the movement for hours. We also do, as it is extremely mesmerizing.