Luxury Watches News — 17 January 2013

by Chaz Nash

Motivation and drive is the energy that revs beneath the hood of Audemars Piguet’s Tribute to Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher’s Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph watch.

Michael Schumacher is celebrating two years as Audemars Piguet’s brand ambassador. To commemorate both his two-year anniversary and Royal Oak’s 40th anniversary, Schumacher has collaborated with Octavio Garcia on an exclusive Michael Schumacher Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph watch that corners like it’s on rails.

Michael Schumacher Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph is an exhilarating drive on a circuit of pure masculine adrenaline. The details in the design of Michael Schumacher’s Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph watch meticulously captures his inimitable spirit for pushing the limit, and as Schumacher defines it, “the spirit of racing.”

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Schumacher collaborated with Octavio Garcia, Audemars Piguet’s Art Director, in the design details and styling of his Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph watch. Specific details include a 44mm diameter case (larger than the norm for the Offshore Chronographs), seven stars displayed along the tachymeter: two blue stars represent his wins at Benetton and five red stars for his achievement with Ferrari. The hour and minute hands are reminiscent of a Formula 1 car’s monocoque construction.  The crown has the appearance of a gear wheel and is used for the winding and setting functions of the watch. It features two square-shaped pusher buttons that operate the chronograph.

Michael Schumacher Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph movement is Audemars Piguets chronograph movement used in their Offshore Chronographs, a piggy backed Caliber 3126/3840 that uses the base Caliber 312X and an added chronograph module, the Caliber 3840, above it. Another signature detail is the movement, which consists of 365 parts and an engraved 22 carat gold rotor which features Michael Schumacher’s signature.

An interesting change of events about Schumacher’s watch is that the bezel has been made using Cermet. Cermet is a durable material that tends to be more resilient than stainless steel with regards to scratches, which is sure to please fans of the Royal Oak watch collection. The watch still bears the Audemars Piguet signature octagonal bezel.

Michael Schumacher Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph is a limited edition watch offered in titanium (Refence 26568IM.00.A004Ca.01) in 1000 pieces, an 18 carat pink gold edition (Reference 26568OM.00.A004Ca.01) in 500 pieces and a platinum Pt 950 version (Reference 26569PM.00.A021CA.01) only in 100 pieces.

Audemars Piguet Michael Schumacher Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph not only pushes the limit with its styling and design, it invites watch connoisseurs to get behind the wheel of this luxurious watch for an exhilarating drive that motivates and inspires time to push the pedal to the metal for that winning checkered flag!

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