This replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Rubens Barrichello II Chronograph, honoring the Brazilian Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello —Ayrton Senna’s disciple— is a perfect example of the forward thinking and cutting edge design that Audemars Piguet has always had since the launch of the Royal Oak in 1972. A very solid case measuring 42mm in diameter, a bezel and pushers made of ceramic, a beautifully wheel-shaped engraved case back and a partially openworked dial with the ‘Méga Tapisserie Racing’ pattern.Related Replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Rubens Barrichello II Chronograph.
The design of this watch is heavily inspired by the Formula One racing world and that inspiration is clearly visible all over the different components and elements of this watch. From the engine hex screws to the wheel-shaped case back, the pushers shaped like air-extractors, the cogwheel-shaped crown, the pedal-shaped plots and its ceramic bezel in the shape of a ventilated brake disc, all of them exude car racing.
The black ‘anfibio’ leather strap on this RBII is made of very supple leather lined with ‘Alcantara’, a flame retardant fiber that is used to cover the driver seats in some of the Formula One race cars. The strap features perforations that are reminiscent of driving gloves or leather straps on vintage car racing inspired timepieces. The strap is extremely comfortable and extremely easy to secure with its nice folding buckle.
The dial is beautiful and perfectly balanced with enough color to make it pop. The hands on the chrono registers come in the three colors of the Brazilian flag, honoring ‘Rubinho’ even more. As a side note, Rubens Barrichello was born the same year as the Royal Oak making this timepiece even more attractive for those that are passionate about everything that has to do with the Royal Oak.Automatic Audemars Piguet chronograph calibre 2326/2840. The partial openworked dial allows for limited view of the movement and the central gear is the most prominent when it comes to what is visible through the ‘Méga Tapisserie Racing’ grated dial.