Watch of the Week: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver

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This series of four limited-edition colorful chronographs, now in stores, proves high-tech craftsmanship and a playful attitude don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

Bold, beautiful, and highly functional, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph watch, unveiled earlier this year at the SIHH exhibition in Geneva, makes for the perfect summer companion.

Offered with either tangerine, lemon yellow, lime green, or navy dials with a matching rubber strap, this sophisticated dive watch—now in stores—offers a bright, fun take on a highly technical timepiece. Crafted in stainless steel, the 42mm, 300-meter water-resistant watch has a host of features that make it ideal for underwater use. Chief among these details are an internal rotating bezel with a diving scale to measure elapsed time and color-coordinated zone to show the last 15 minutes of dive time—when divers typically begin their ascent. Other features include a glare-proof sapphire crystal case and caseback; a screw-locked crown to help ensure water resistance; and pushpiece guards (in black ceramic) that are fitted to the case to increase performance and water resistance.

The watch also offers chronograph functions via subdial counters with color-coordinated hands. It is powered by the in-house-made automatic caliber 3124/3841 with a cam chronograph mechanism. The movement consists of 364 parts, including a monobloc 22-karat gold oscillating weight with ceramic ball bearings for added precision and a longer life span. Each color way is created in limited editions and sold only in Audemars Piguet boutiques, with 375 orange and yellow pieces, 400 navy pieces, and just 50 lime green pieces (available only in their store in Geneva) made in all. $27,900;

For more sportive luxury watches for men, see our reviews of the Apple Watch Nike+ smartwatch, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Ocean Commitment Bathyscape diver, and the Tag Heuer Carrera Caliber 5 Ring Master Muhammad Ali Tribute timepiece. 

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