Audemars Piguet has unveiled the next official watch of the 18th edition of the classic Tour Auto car rally, the Royal Oak Offshore Tour Auto 2009 Chronograph marks the fourth time the brand has had the honor of acting as the Official Timekeeper of the Tour Auto. the Tour Auto was first launched in 1992 and is reminiscent of the “Tour de France Automobile”. The tour covers almost 2,000 kilometers and is divided into five stages beginning in Paris. The previous watches Audemars has created for the event are the Jules Audemars Tour Auto for 2006, the Royal Oak Tour Auto for 2007 and the Royal Oak Offshore Tour Auto Chronograph for 2008. This year's Tour Auto 2009 Chronograph will be available in a limited edition of just 100 pieces.

The Royal Oak Offshore Tour Auto 2009 Chronograph has a 42 millimeter titanium case with a rubber bezel. The Screw-lock crown and push pieces are produced in a beauitful red rubber which matches the chronograph sub dials. The case-back is engraved with the Tour Auto logo and bearing the inscription Royal Oak Offshore. The dial features an exclusive “Mega-Tapisserie” decorative motif in black and has the contrasting red chronograph counters with luminescent hour-markers as well as luminescent white gold hour and inute hands. The reference number is 26278IK.GG.D002CA.01 and it has a self-winding movement caliber 2326/2840 with a 38 hour power reserve. The case is placed on a black rubber strap with a AP folding clasp crafted from shot-peened titanium. The Royal Oak Offshore Tour Auto 2009 Chronograph is water resistant to 100 meters.

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