The signature bezel Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Vampire Replica Watch and case are done in alternately brushed and polished stainless steel—a material whose longevity makes it perfect for the eternally undead. And the red detailing on the chrono hand, sub-registers, and tachymetric scale make the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Vampire 26470ST.OO.A101CR.01 perfect for a nightwalker that wants to make a sartorial statement. But Blade, or Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Both of them would love the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Vampire 26470ST.OO.A101CR.01.
But the Royal Oak Offshore Vampire is a different kind of animal. It’s got the boardroom case, the sporty face, and the late-night grace of a luxury watch that can pull off any environment. You can see why Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Replica Watch called this version of the Royal Oak Offshore ‘the Vampire’. Even the strap has fangs. The two telltale humps on the upper portion of the black leather bracelet (which is, of course, detailed with blood-red stitching) give the watch a viciously-cool look. It’s not the sort of thing Edward Cullen would approve of, and the Vampire Lestat would probably consider it about 300 years too late to fit with his wardrobe (Lestat’s more of a Breguet bloodsucker, I reckon).
So what do you get? Well, the glass is sapphire crystal, and the 42 mm case Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Replica is water resistant down to 100 m. Chrono pushers and crown are in black ceramic (with a steel Audemars Piguet endpiece, in the latter case). The buckle is steel, and there’s a display case back through which you can see a nicely-sized gold rotor and some good movement finishing on the 3126 / 3840 chronograph calibre.
The Audemars Piguet Replica normally falls into two categories, looks wise: it either looks like it was built to live in a locker room, all bold angles and rubberised bits—or it looks as though it was designed to sit on the wrist of a hip-hop megastar. In fact, Jay-Z wears one (a Perpetual Calendar in yellow gold). It’s not just the leather, which replaces the more usual rubber Offshore strap. It’s the whole extreme look of this sports chrono.