The result was a 42mm watch, with gigantic proportions at the time

The Beast… Probably the second most emblematic watch from replica watches uk Audemars Piguet. A watch that, like its Genta-designed ancestor from 1972, broke the rules and created an entirely new watch segment. Extravagant, oversized and polarizing upon its introduction 30 years ago, it defined the genre of ultra-rugged luxury sports watches. The first Royal Oak Offshore, aka The Beast, was truly a beast to behold. And to celebrate three decades of the ROO, Audemars Piguet has released a new all-black ceramic version… And surprisingly, this is a first for this collection. The result, this new Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph 42mm Black Ceramic 26238CE, is simply stunning. The black ceramic Beast is a gift for the most avid fans of the collection. In this article we have extensively covered the first generation Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore “The Beast”. Its genesis was a response to an evolving market, with customers wanting something more striking, more robust and more in line with the extravagance of the 90s.

Just like the 1972 Royal Oak designed by Gerald Genta that changed the industry with a disruptive concept of a steel watch with an integrated bracelet, ultra-thin case and a construction as luxurious as a gold dress watch, the ROO also defined a genre . It was truly unprecedented. The Offshore was supposed to be the answer to the decline in sales of the classic Royal Oak. For this reason, Emmanuel Gueit, a young designer who had been with the company for about a year, was asked to "create something that young people would like to wear". The result was a strong (really...) evolution of the design of the Royal Oak. The basics have been kept alive – the octagonal bezel with screws, the overall shape of the case, the bracelet integrated like a chain, the tapisserie motif on the dial – but everything has been subjected to testosterone therapy. All parts have been strengthened and made more robust, and the choice was to equip the new Royal Oak Offshore with a chronograph movement – in line with the sporting vocation that the design evoked. The result was a 42mm watch, with gigantic proportions at the time, which gave the watch its nickname: The Beast. Reactions when the watch was presented were mixed; Genta himself hated the concept.

However, once the initial boom ended, the ROO became a new replica omega icon in the brand's collection, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.Speaking of materials, the ROO has always been at the forefront of innovation. Initially released in steel with rubber inserts, AP quickly dreamed up variations around The Beast in titanium and forged carbon, as well as multiple models with ceramic parts. But, to my surprise (I actually never thought about it), the ROO collection never featured a watch made entirely of ceramic, including the bracelet. In fact, all-ceramic watches are not that old from Audemars Piguet and first materialized in the Royal Oak collection in 2017 with the black ceramic perpetual calendar.