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Aude­mars Piguet launches the royal oak con­cept su­per­son­nerie

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Aude­mars Piguet has of­fi­cially launched the royal oak con­cept su­per­son­nerie, a minute re­peater of su­pe­rior acous­tic in­ten­sity with a clear, sus­tained tone.

the launch of the new time­piece comes 12 months af­ter the brand showed off the royal oak con­cept rd#1, a con­cept watch which it said was the most son­i­cally con­sid­ered watch of mod­ern times. the idea be­hind it was to pro­pel acous­tic per­for­mance in chim­ing watches to new lev­els. the con­cept time­piece pre­sented dy­namic in­no­va­tions that de­fied prac­ti­cal re­stric­tions such as wa­ter-proof­ing.

Now, the con­cept has be­come a re­al­ity with the new time­piece. three new chim­ing sound de­vel­op­ments have be­come tech­no­log­i­cal achieve­ments and are now patented in­no­va­tions. Pre­sented in a su­per-light titanium case, the ex­clu­sive­pro­duc­tion time­piece is pre­ci­sion-made to awaken sound. Aude­mars Piguet says that the watch brings un­prece­dented acous­tic per­for­mance, ex­cep­tion­ally re­fined sound qual­ity and the clear, har­monic tone of tra­di­tional pocket watches to a con­tem­po­rary minute re­peater wrist­watch.

Aude­mars Piguet launched its chim­ing watches sound study pro­gramme in 2006. eight years later, the out­come is a new method for pre-pre­par­ing the steel used to cre­ate the gong struc­ture, to achieve a unique minute re­peater sound. A sci­en­tific sys­tem of per­for­mance tar­gets was de­vised ac­cord­ing to ma­te­rial cross-sec­tion, length and rigid­ity. to­day, th­ese pre-de­fined tar­gets an­tic­i­pate the fi­nal per­for­mance of the steel used by the watch­maker to make the gongs, as­sist­ing him to hone the right pitch, tone, and har­mony.

the royal oak con­cept su­per­son­nerie also presents a newly de­vel­oped case con­struc­tion that pre­vents sound ab­sorp­tion, boost­ing am­pli­fi­ca­tion. in tra­di­tional minute re­peater tech­nol­ogy, the gongs are fixed to the main­plate. in the new time­piece, they are at­tached to a new de­vice, a ma­te­rial spread be­neath the move­ment that acts as a sound­board. Now, the gongs trans­mit vi­bra­tions di­rectly to the sound­board – not to the main­plate. the tech­nol­ogy func­tions like the up­per body of a gui­tar. With the vi­bra­tion-to-air sys­tem im­proved, sound qual­ity, tone and am­pli­fi­ca­tion are richer.

sides. Coated with a translu­cent blue, sil­ver­toned, rosy beige or grey lacquer—de­pend­ing on the model—that in­ten­si­fies the depth ef­fect, the di­als al­ter­nate be­tween sun­burst, snailed and vel­vety fin­ishes.

the gold lu­mi­nes­cent facetted hands and hour-mark­ers echo the gold frame sur­round­ing the in­ner bezel ring, while the ara­bic nu­mer­als en­sure op­ti­mal read­abil­ity. the screwed-down case­back is fit­ted with a sap­phire crys­tal re­veals a 22K gold os­cil­lat­ing weight adorned with a wind rose.

the time­pieces are equipped with me­chan­i­cal self-wind­ing move­ments en­sur­ing a gen­er­ous power re­serve. Pro­tected from magnetic dis­tur­bances by a soft iron ring, th­ese cal­i­bres are en­dowed with pre­ci­sion and dura­bil­ity, while the case en­sures wa­ter-re­sis­tance to 50 me­tres for the ul­tra-thin mod­els, and to 150 me­tres for the oth­ers.

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