The Manual Wind: Offshore Safari
Revision has been the driving force in the watch world over the past twenty-five years and Audemars Piguet is no exception. There came a time when even the iconic Royal Oak design would hit the drawing board. In 1989 a designer for Audemars Piguet by the name of Emmanuel Gueit took on this task and re-imagined the once ground breaking design. Eventually receiving the necessary support, Gueit’s revision would become what people refer to as the Royal Oak on steroids; The Royal Oak Offshore. Over the years this ahead of its time timepiece has taken on many forms in size, case material, and dial configuration but none more recognizably simple than that of the Safari. The original Safari placed a cream dial with dark arabic numerals in the standard stainless steel Offshore 42mm case (which wears more like a 44mm).
Attached with a brown and white stitched horn-back alligator strap the piece looks like it was built for your African adventure. Now one of the hottest watches in the market adorning the wrists of celebrities and collectors alike has received its update. New for 2014 Audemars Piguet has once again re-envisioned a classic. The 2014 Safari joins a number of new Royal Oak Offshore designs but is a certain stand out. New to the piece are ceramic chronograph pushers and crown for greater durability as well as a new dial and exhibition case back.
The updated dial has more of a khaki motif with brown chapter ring and arabics to play off the chocolate horn back strap. New elements that will surely maintain the Safari’s uniqueness and demand in the marketplace.
Take a look at all of Audemars Piguet’s new offerings including their remastered line of Royal Oak Offshores. Even classics need tweaking and Audemars has once again shown its taste.