Accessories are mostly seen as feminine except for watches. Since luxury became an industry in of itself, timepieces have become a masculine staple. It’s worn by some of the finest gentlemen in the world is considered to be the male equivalent of a diamond necklace. In more recent years, some luxury brands have offered watches with decidedly-masculine designs and aesthetics, and none are quite as robust as Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore, which just released its 25th-anniversary edition.
Release Date and Price
The new line of watches debuted back in January 2018, marking the 25 years the classic watch has impacted the industry and its clients. Although the price is initially upon request, it’s said to go as high as $30,216 per watch. While incredibly steep, the innovation, design, and tribute to its classic namesake make it worthy of every penny or cent paid.
Similarly to the brand’s first Royal Oak Offshore collection in 1993, the new 25th-anniversary edition exemplified the design innovations and technological advancements that rocked the watchmaking industry. The pieces retain the original chronograph and blue guilloche dial, the same features that made a revolution all those 25 years ago. It’s ubiquitously masculine design still reigns supreme, particularly its signature details of an octagonal bezel and hexagonal screws. The newest innovation, however, is that it’s now also available in a 45mm diameter case, larger than the classic 42mm diameters the line began in 1993. It’s even available in either silver steel or rose gold.
Watches, however, are still functioning pieces aside from simply mere accessories. Beyond flaunting one’s wealth, gentlemen use it to tell the time. But with such complex designs, it’s rather difficult to do so with the Royal Oak Offshore pieces. This is especially worrisome of businessmen who have little to no time to appreciate the pieces’ intelligent style and only have a few seconds to check their wrists to see where they’re next meeting will be. Such distractions might go against the watch’s favor, but in all 25 years of the iconic watch, that problem never really risen.
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