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Michael Schumacher is the Mercedes Formula One driver Germany and has been an ambassador for Audemars Piguet. Schumacher is the seven times world champion and was only fitting that he became an ambassador for the brand in 2010. Now, Audemars Piguet is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its Royal Oak collection by releasing a limited edition of Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph collection as a tribute to the German F1 racing driver. Schumacher worked closely with Octavio Garcia in the design of the chronograph. The brand new Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph is produced at limited edition and there will be three different versions. The titanium version of the Schumacher will be limited to 1000 pieces, the 18 carat pink gold version will be available in 500 pieces and the platinum Pt 950 version will be available in only 100 pieces.
The Schumacher Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph comes in a slightly big case with diameter of 44 millimeters. All three versions of the Schumacher have a bezel that is made of Cermet. Cermet makes the watch bezel tough and scratch resistant. An interesting detail on the watch is design of the tachymeter. There are seven stars to represent the seven World Championship Schumacher has won, two in blue for Benetton and five in red for Ferrari. The winding and setting crown are shaped like a gear wheel and the crown has a red aluminum inlay with AP logo on it. The dial is another interesting feature of the watch. It has an anthracite galvanic center with Mega Tapisserie pattern and a cool chequered flag pattern. The hour and minute hands are in the shape of a F1 car’s monocoque construction. The counters at the six and nine o’clock positions have different layouts that help and focus attention.
Inside the case is a movement that consists of 365 parts that powers this watch. The Schumacher has a personalized rotor with Michael Schumacher’s signature engraving that is made of 22 carat gold. For this watch, the caliber 312x base caliber and caliber 3840 chronograph module are used.
Case Size: 44 mm
Functions: Chronograph, Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds, Date
Power Reserve: 55 Hours
Watch Materials: Three different versions
Caliber: AP 3126/3840
Case Back: Transparent / see-through
Crown: Screw Down
Dial Color: Anthracite Galvanic Center with Méga Tapisserie Pattern
Band Type: Rubber Strap
Clasp Type: Tang
Water resistant up to 100 meters / 330 feet
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