The result of an exquisite combination of the secular Swiss watch making tradition, experience and knowledge, Royal Oak Chronograph Steel (ref. 26300ST.OO.1110ST.07) is one of the latest additions to a large collection whose history goes back to 1972. This is the year when the Vallée de Joux based company founded by Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet in 1875 issued the firstRoyal Oakmodel – the pioneer of the first series of luxury sports watches made of steel.
Incorporating a self winding caliber 2385 equipped with an automatic chronograph movement and a column wheel chronograph mechanism, the Royal Oak Chronograph Steel has a 50 meters underwater resistance and a 40 hours power reserve. Unlike the Self winding models of the same series, the back case of the Chronograph ones is not transparent and it does not give sight to the 304 parts and 37 jewels composing the watch’s mechanism.
The watch’s old fashioned look has not been chosen without a reason: it symbolizes the house’s long tradition and suggests the collection’s main values – reliability, solidity and precision. The purist octagonal dial is secured into the stainless steel case by eight hexagonal screws, which perfectly match the style of the three side buttons. The same classical style features the steel strap closing by means of a folding buckle clasp.
The modern twist is provided by the intense blue color of the background, by the strong contrast with the figures and handles’ orange shade and by the “Grande Tapisserie” motif which replace the “Mega Tapisserie” that used to feature the older models of the Royal Oak series. The three sub-dials (a 30-minutes counter at 3 o’clock, a 12-hours counter at 9 o’clock and a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock) enhance the sportive look and emphasize the house’s obsession for precision and high performance.