The AP ROO or the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore is a Swiss watch manufactured by Audemars Piguet, Le maitre de l'horlogerie depuis 1875, and as of late, made famous by television shows such as Entourage.
First a little history about Audemars Piguet. Audemars Piguet began in 1875 when a 23-year old Jules Audemars entered the watch industry and Edward Piguet took charge of sales and marketing their new timepieces. After some success, which the company saw almost immediately, the Audemars Piguet trademark was established in 1889. Today, the Audemars Piguet company is the oldest Swiss watch manufacturer still owned by its founding families with no outside investment.
In 1973, Audemars Piguet launched the historic Royal Oak, the world's first luxury sports watch. Sporting an octagonal shape, the stainless steel edges of the Royal Oak as well as the use of hexagonal screws around the bezel became a trademark design feature that was a combination of power and elegance. Since its launch, the Royal Oak has maintained the same reputation it created as soon as it was launched.
The Royal Oak Offshore was the next evolution of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. The watch was introduced in 1993 and was water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters or 330 feet and was designed for deep-water professional diving. The AP ROO was one of the most complex watches Audemars Piguet created as it involved more than 250 successive steps including many hand-made such as beveling, lapping, polishing, brushing, sandblasting and circular-graining. While the first AP ROO was originally only introduced in steel, the cases and bezels of the current Royal Oak Offshore are made from a wide variety of exotic materials from the aerospace industry including gold, platinum, carbon fiber, ceramic and other exotic metals.
Audemars Piguet's history is marked with many landmarks and world's first - the first wristwatch with tourbillon and mechanical winding, the world's smallest self-winding watch with a perpetual calendar, the Dual Time, the Ladies Minute Repeater Chiming watch, just to name a few of their innovations.
One of the latest innovations that have made it to the AP ROO is the use of forged carbon, which took AP several years and is something that only Audemars Piguet does at the moment. The case of the AP ROO is forged carbon, which is very light and extremely strong and in combination with yellow screws, gives this AP ROO an extremely industrial yet still luxurious look.
The combination of a storied brand, exotic materials, the in-house movement in the industry, and handiwork that remains few and far between even in the world of Swiss luxury watches, the AP ROO is the ultimate status symbol without trying to be more than just a nice looking watch. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore isn't just a watch - it's an investment pieces whose value and character appreciate the more you wear it.