Audemars Piguet has added new version of its Royal Oak Minute Repeater Supersonnerie in titanium. This complicated limited production watch is equipped with the ground-breaking in-house hand-wound Calibre 2953 which is protected by three patents.
The timepiece is adorned with a refined and highly stylised guilloché dial in smoked grey hues to complement the titanium case. Paying tribute to older chiming timepieces while utilising advanced technology. The Supersonnerie mechanism endows this new minute repeater model with the volume and resonance usually associated with pocket watches. This patented technology results from 8 years of research in collaboration with EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.
The exceptional acoustic performance, sound quality and harmonic tone are granted by the patented gongs, case construction and striking regulator developed at the time. The gongs are not attached to the mainplate, but to a new device acting as soundboard, which improves sound transmission and boosts sound amplification. The redesigned striking regulator – the device that sets the pace of the hours, quarters and minutes chiming sequence – has been revised and now incorporates an innovative, more flexible anchor system which absorbs shocks and eliminates unwanted noise. The titanium caseback is engraved with the “Royal Oak Supersonnerie” indication and a soundwave motif.
This 42 mm Royal Oak Minute Repeater Supersonnerie encompasses a titanium case and bracelet both meticulously finished with an alternation of satin-brushing and polishing. Furthering the piece’s monochromatic aesthetic, the smoked grey “Grande Tapisserie” dial subtly progresses into dark hues towards the dial’s extremity, nearly reaching pure black at the edges.
Since its establishment in 1875, Audemars Piguet has specialised in chiming mechanisms and crafted complex Grande Sonnerie, Petite Sonnerie and Minute Repeater mechanisms ever since. Records show that more than half of the 1625 watches produced between 1882 and 1892 included a chiming mechanism.
Royal Oak Minute Repeater Supersonnerie / 42 mm
Minute repeater Supersonnerie, hours, minutes and small seconds.
Titanium case, glareproofed sapphire crystal, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m.
Smoked grey dial with “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, black small seconds counter, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, black inner bezel.
Titanium bracelet with AP folding clasp.
Hand-wound Calibre 2953
Total diameter 30 mm (13 lignes)
Total thickness 6 mm
Number of jewels 32
Number of parts 362
Minimum guaranteed power reserve 72 h
Frequency of balance wheel 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
Price upon request
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