With so many amazing, albeit today little-known references in its own history, that’s awesome news. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Michael Schumacher Chronograph Edition Limitee Replica Watch is the first watch to launch the [Re]master lineup by reiterating the handsome design of a 1943 original in a slightly confused, albeit still quite handsome bundle.
The original we are referring to here is the Audemars Piguet Reference 1533, a three-register, two-tone (in some models ), 36.5mm-wide, hand-wound chronograph produced in low quantities in the early 1940s. The Remaster01, or [Re]master01, takes the core components of the exceptionally pretty decorative, especially the tear-drop lugs, two-tone case construction utilizing steel and 18kt pink gold, and also the three-register dial layout — a really exotic detail to the time.
There have been some considerable modifications performed as the 1533 has a fresh lease on life in a new millennium. To start with, replaced is that the modest size, now inflated from 36.5mm to 40mm. The prior dimensions of 36.5mm will be perfectly okay today — just consider a Day-Date 36 or any smaller Breguet watches for some hard evidence on that. Audemars Piguet Replica choice of title with”[Re]master” works great in that it implies how the brand doesn’t intend to create exact reproductions of its historical originals. Given limitations in original movement and other parts availability, maintaining the original specifics would be a tall order — though far from hopeless, and we are going to say more on that a bit afterwards.