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Audemars Piguet launches the royal oak concept supersonnerie
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.