Sunday, March 12, 2006

The "Vintage Serie"
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore "End Of Days"

Made in a limited edition of 500 examples circa 2000, in collaboration with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Large, octagonal, self-winding, water-resistant, stainless steel with black PVD-coating gentleman's wristwatch with round button chronograph, registers, tachometer, date and a Kevlar strap. Three-body case, polished and brushed, screwed-down rubber top winding-crown, octagonal bezel with 8 hexagonal recessed stainless steel nuts screwed to 8 screws on the case back, sapphire crystal. Anthracite dial with "Clous de Paris" decoration with painted luminous Arabic numerals, subsidiary satiné black dials for the seconds, the 12-hour and 30- minute registers, outer tachometer graduation, "Cyclops" aperture for the date. Luminous yellow “bâton” hands. Movement: Caliber 2226/2840, rhodium-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, 54 jewels, straight line lever escapement,, monometallic balance adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions, shock-absorber, self-compensating flat balancespring, 21K gold rotor. Diameter 42 mm. Thickness 14 mm.

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