“Welcome back to a first aBlogtoWatch attribute, My First Grail Watch.” Well, no, that is not entirely right. This isn’t another chapter in our Grail View series of articles, but then again, it could be. Late last season, upon visiting the highly exclusive London watch retailer Marcus in a quest to interview them for our Where to purchase Watches collection, I had the extremely rare opportunity to experience an extremely elusive piece that has for long been reigning at the top of my”watch bucket list”: the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication titanium replica watches.
The huge motion (Caliber 2885) is 31.60 millimeter wide and 8.55 millimeter thick, and it requires all that distance to include a total of 648 components. Like any grand complication, beyond indications for the hours, minutes, and seconds, it delivers a chiming mechanism (a minute repeater with 2 gongs, in this case ), an astronomical mechanism (here, a perpetual calendar with the date, day, month, phase of the moon, and jump year signs ), in addition to a stopwatch function (which, in this case, is a 30-minute chronograph using split-seconds or”rattrapante” complication).
Where the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication prix fake watches stands out the most is that it offers a mix of this extremely large degree of complexity and refinement using a sporty looking instance — replacing the round and much more conservatively styled cases of the majority of its alternatives with the bold (and perhaps a little”loud”) case of this Royal Oak Offshore. And while we should not let the rugged looks fool us — a watch with this kind of delicate a movement is not to be used for swimming or climbing a mountain — it makes for a fascinating and more unique aesthetic.
Anyhow, the second one gets up close to the Royal Oak Offshore’s most complex iteration, the faintest idea of bringing it everywhere near a fall of water disappears. Virtually every mechanical motion which is more complex than the average time-only caliber will have multiple layers: automatic winding and chronograph mechanics are nearly always located at the bottom (i.e. case-back side) of the movement, together with the time-keeping mechanism with the mainspring barrel, going train and escapement being in the middle, while the minute repeater and ceaseless date sections are predominantly found on the dial side.
From the picture above, you see the dial side of the movement, with wheels of unique ratios, cams, levers, and pinions being crammed extremely closely to each other — with a lot of the apparently surplus space being there simply to provide room for your sliding and rotating activities of those components to take place. As a result of this”smoked sapphire dial,” a number of elements located here are observable through the dialup, providing a arguably more amazing backdrop than just about any solid dial you can think of.
A number of the minute repeater’s parts can be seen below the sapphire dial as well, while both gongs are seen on the situation back side. The gongs have been set on the same horizontal plane, rather than the more typical vertical orientation — this may be significant so far as vertical space requirements are concerned, although the volume and audibility of the chiming activity is still not excessively loud (given the dimensions of the gongs and small hammers, there are a number of simple physical restrictions which limit the strength of the noise that they create).
As far as more ordinary functions proceed, this beast of a motion runs in 2.75 Hertz or 19,800 beats per hour, matched by 45 hours of power reserve. While traditionally not”required” to get a grand complication, the 2885 caliber features automatic winding — another space-consuming feature that somehow found its way to the movement.
Impressive layout aside, I’d still prefer a clear and undisturbed view of this chronograph mechanism vulnerable to the situation back. The amount of components, all finished to extremely high standards, speak for themselves — although we have observed some super-low-production independents attempt to strive for bevelled and polished edges even about the inner borders and spokes of some of the wheels, that is not present here.
On an individual note, the first 1972 Royal Oak 5402″Jumbo” is my beloved Royal Oak designs, as far as I’m concerned, in many ways, the Offshore — and a lot of its different versions — have made for a completely new version, a new watch. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication limited edition of 3 replica watch , while for obvious reasons incomparable to the sleek and understated appearances of this first 5402, reminds me of everything I felt looking in the 5402 and, what’s more, it brings the Royal Oak into the 21st century — while still remaining completely mechanical, in actuality, while offering the pinnacle of what could be achieved using a set of brass wheels and gears.