Hi all, do visit Kronos' blog as it is an excellent watch blog and he somehow seems to get all the info hot off the press or through other top secret sources. For example this new baby from AP (Picture on the right courtesy of Kronosblog) before you wonder if this is some frankenwatch or some avid photoshoppers project, it seems like it is actually gonna be a new regular production Offshore that will be issued by Audemars Piguet.
Honestly, I love the ROOs and selected limited editions, but this one looks a bit odd to me. I think the folks at AP may have like a random strap/bracelet + tachy dial/subdials/hands/numeral/strap stitch color generator and they were busy running the generator, clicking away through thousands of random combos (and may have hit a meltdown of some sort... look at all the nice colors...) and ended up with this guy. Volcano huh... how bout Roadkill for a name? Looks like it has something more in common with lava ie. something thrown up. I may be being a bit cruel, my apologies, its not that bad. To each his own yuh :)
Another thing to note is that it will have an in-house chrono movement. Which makes me wonder why the cyclops magnifier is still over the date in the pic, unless its an early pic to be updated or something. For those who are confused, typically if you're building an integrated chrono the date wheel can be made to be just below the dial not requiring the cyclops or maybe they did it so that it maintains the look from the current Offshores.
Hmm looks like we'll wait and see so till more details are made known, the next question on this ROO owners mind is ... what would it mean in terms of prices of ROOs with the older movements? will servicing be an issue or is it a non-consideration? just random thoughts from me. speaking of random I wish i could have a go at the random strap/color generator. I'm sure I could come out with some happening combos and give them some interesting names... hmm maybe a emerald blueish one called Elemental... or a red stitched black crocodile on a pvd roo with blood red arabics and hands and call it The Count (ok I jest) I am sure they will come out with more tasteful ROOs in future and you never know, maybe the Volcano, in the metal and better taken pics, really rocks. I guess we'll have to wait and see...
Still a few weeks to the Team Alinghi, hope that'll be a winner and not a G-shock disguised as an AP.