The Audemars Piguet Offshore. Those three words stir the desires of multitudes of watch collectors, as visions come to mind of the world’s most desirable and expensive sports watches – watches such as the Royal Oak Offshore T3, the Royal Oak Offshore Juan Pablo Montoya, and the Royal Oak Offshore Rubens Barrichello. All of these precariously limited timepieces are long gone, snapped up by eager and passionate buyers, and only available now and again from capitalistic collectors who let them go at insanely high prices.
Limited is limited, but how about absolutely unique? Audemars Piguet has created a Royal Oak Offshore Limited Edition Rubens Barrichello watch to commemorate the phenomenal career and record 257th start of the great Brazilian racecar driver. But, don’t bother phoning in your reservation: this one won’t be available to the market. It is the only one of its kind, and the single lucky owner will be Rubens himself! (Can you imagine the possible value of this watch, if it should ever emerge for sale, or at auction?)
This is an absolutely stunning timepiece, which allows us to reflect on why these Offshores are so coveted. Gold, ceramic, and titanium all unite in the most beautiful way to create something that is as dynamic as an F1 race car; if only there had been more to go around the first time! As luxury sports watches go, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore and its fabulous variants will continue to be the “gold standard” for a long time to come.