Long time Audemars Piguet ambassador LeBron James finally has his own watch, the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph LeBron James.
This Offshore chronograph uses a mix of materials, including rose gold, titanium, and ceramic to make a bold statement in gold and grey. This latest collaborative piece from Audemars Piguet is limited to 600 examples and we’ve got all the details here.
In the past we’ve shown you Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore Michael Schumacher and Royal Oak Chronograph Leo Messi, and this watch is in the same vein as those. LeBron James was invited to design a watch with the team in Le Brassus, creating a piece that combines his tastes and personality with that of Audemars Piguet. The result is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph LeBron James.
The watch starts with a 44mm pink gold Offshore Chronograph case, which wears even larger than this because of the massive pusher housings and crown guards. This isn’t a watch for shrinking violets. On top of this is a brushed titanium bezel, offering nice visual contrast with the case. The combination of gold and grey is carried through to the dial, the pusher housings, and the strap choice.
The dial has the Mega Tapisserie pattern, tonal grey subregisters, and contrasting pink gold applied arabic numerals and hands. The blue seconds hand adds a touch of color too. The pusher housings are also a mix of grey rubber and rose gold, with a black ceramic crown and black ceramic pushers. Finishing things off, you’ll notice two small rows of diamonds set into the pusher at 2 o’clock.
Turning the watch over, you’ll see LeBron’s signature printed in blue (matching the seconds hand) on the sapphire caseback. Behind this is the Calibre 3126/3840 movement, which is nicely finished as you would expect from AP. The 22k gold winding rotor has been given an anthracite galvanic treatment, and bears a large AP logo as well as two large cut-outs. Finally there is a grey crocodile strap with pink gold buckle and an additional grey rubber strap.
The watch was released mere moments ago and we’ll have live, hands-on photos as well as our thoughts after seeing the watch in person for you next week. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore LeBron James is available exclusively in rose gold and titanium and is limited to 600 pieces worldwide. The price is $51,500 and you can visit Audemars Piguet for more info. Courtesy of: hodinkee