There’s no getting around the fact that Audemars Piguet has so many limited edition Royal Oak Offshores that it’s somewhat difficult to keep up with them, but perhaps you have not heard of their ‘Pride’ limited editions. They are rather interesting because of the places that have been chosen for this series; as for the watches themselves, they are country-based (and limited), featuring engraved and other representations of something meaningful to the place being recognised.
So far there have been Prides of Russia (2005), China (2008), Mexico (2010), Argentina (2010) and Siam/ Thailand (2013) for each country’s ROO enthusiasts.
The latest addition is thee Pride of Indonesia, which comes in a 42mm (14.4mm thick) titanium case with “Royal Oak Offshore Pride of Indonesia” and the Indonesian Garuda engraved on the 18 carat pink gold case back. As you can see, there are Audemars Piguet’s popular black rubber-clad screw-locked crown and pushers in this new model. For those who are unfamiliar with it, Garuda is a Hindu and Budhist divinity, a bird-like creature, mount of Vishnu, and mostly depicted as a having a man’s body, wings, beak and with a crown. It is one of the three main Hindu animal deities, and Indonesia has it as its national symbol
The dial is anthracite, stain-brushed, has pink gold counters, applied Arabic numerals, lumed pink gold hands, and a pink gold inner tachymeter bezel. The colours of the hands of the watch are worth noting – red and white. These represent the Indonesian flag, and this colour reference is continued through to the hand-stitched alligator strap with titanium pin buckle and pink gold pin.
Inside is the automatic Calibre 3126/ 3840 which is the core of modern Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs (44mm and 42mm) since 2007. With a 55-hour power reserve, it is 29.92mm in diametre with a thickness of 7.16mm and has 365 parts.
Number ‘1’ of this 100 piece limited edition was auctioned at its launch event, raising Rp1.1 billion. All proceeds went to the Museum Nasional natural history museum. Available in Indonesia and Singapore, its price is S$53,400.
So, what ‘Pride’ do you think will be next? It obviously won’t be Australia, but if it is, perhaps a Drop Bear would be suitable for the case back.