28 Apr '14, 5pm
ROO history | the "beast" | official AP
THE ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE, REF. 25721, NO. 32 The road towards development of any new timepiece can be a tumultuous journey, often met with doubt, second-guessing, technical challenges and fear of the unknown commercial and critical reception that the new model will ultimately receive. In many ways, the development history of the Royal Oak Offshore between 1989 and 1993 mirrors many aspects of the history of its primary source and inspiration the 1972 Royal Oak. The original Royal Oak, designed by Gerald Genta in the early years of the Quartz Crisis, shattered the boundaries between luxury and sports watches, while challenging all conventions pertaining to the manufacturing and finishing of stainless steel timepieces. The large and meticulously crafted timepiece developed into an icon in the eyes and minds of collectors and enthusiasts, and boldly stands the test of time ov...