A highway might seem an unlikely source of inspiration for an ultra-luxury sports watch, but when it is one as famous as the Montauk – a picturesque strip of New York asphalt which traces a path through eastern Long Island and the prestigious Hamptons – it becomes a much easier thing to do. At least that seems to be the thinking of Audemars Piguet, which recently debuted an eye-catching new edition/addition to the immensely popular Offshore Chronograph collection.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Montauk Highway Edition is definitely not for everyone, but those who love it will surely find the attraction strong. While not as neutral and sartorially versatile as say, the classic AP Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph “Themes”, this special edition model has plenty of tasteful flair for the well-heeled collector – especially those already possessing an Offshore watch or two in their collection. The signature brilliant light blue tachymeter scale and Arabic hour numbers are striking without being garish, and the rich chocolate chrono subdials create a pleasant contrast against the crisp white “grand tapestry” dial. Then of course, there’s the amazing strap in chocolate brown hornback crocodile, which is almost as luxurious as the superbly finished case itself. This beautiful (and costly) strap works wonders on many an Offshore Chronograph variant, including the Navy and the Safari, and it’s no less effective on the Montauk Highway Edition. It buckles to the wrist via the famous “AP” folding clasp that artfully duplicates the brand’s insignia.
It’s amazing how many attractive guises the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore design can take on. While some watch fans tire of the never-ending parade of limited editions from Audemars Piguet, even the most jaded must admit that many of these are really handsome, while demonstrating all the craftsmanship that has made AP a two-letter synonym for the best in high luxury sports timepieces. The Montauk Highway Edition follows in that tradition, and gives the Audemars Piguet faithful another reason to continue their love affair with the legendary Offshore chronograph. How many will be made, you ask? Just 300.