This chronograph has two central seconds hands, however it’s not a split-second model. Its movement has several column wheels, yet it’s not a split-second timepiece. It serves to time two events simultaneously however no, it definitely isn’t a split-second chronograph. The Royal Oak Concept is a chronograph that is truly unique in its kind. As its name implies, it is designed to measure the times for each lap completed by a racing driver – and to do thus without any stopping and zero-resetting. If one were to describe it in a nutshell, one could call it a double consecutive fly-back chronograph, putting Audemars Piguet firmly on the cutting edge of Grand Complication models.
With this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie, ready for release just one year later, the brand feel they have produced a minute repeater of superior acoustic intensity with a supremely clear, sustained tone. Back in 2014, they debuted the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Acoustic Research Episode 1 watch, which we reviewed on replica watches (you can check out David Bredan’s detailed analysis here).
As with the first iteration of this project, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie places emphasis on sound quality and clarity. Traditionally, when a minute repeater strikes, a background whirring can be heard. Of course, in a timepiece worn on the wrist in various situations, this isn’t really possible, however what is possible are systems which increase rate stability and thus accuracy over time. As a matter of fact, Audemars Piguet is thus passionate about developing the perfect-sounding watch, they’ve filed three patents in the making of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie. The black ceramic screw-locked crown coordinates nicely with the black ceramic and titanium pushers used to operate the complication on demand.
This comes from a component called the governor, which is in constant operation during the chiming process. In collaboration with the EPFL (ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne), Audemars Piguet invested heavily in sound-measurement facilities to assist their passionate team of watchmakers, artisans, technicians, and academics in their research. With this watch, this essential component runs in almost absolute silence, reducing the distraction from the chimes themselves. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie is resistant to 20 meters, which is actually impressive given the adjustments that have to be made for this kind of watch. One of their major challenges was to overcome the noise diffusion caused by robust casing, which is necessary for a decent level of water resistance.
When Audemars Piguet launched the original version of this luxury replica omega, they spent time consulting with “an esteemed academic of the Geneva conservatory” to ensure the sound was not just clear, however as well pleasing to the ear. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie watch is powered by a manual manufacture movement, known as the Calibre 2937. And it must be pointed out that the titanium case allows this sound to travel through its walls with much less resistance than other shared watchmaking materials thanks to its lower density than gold and platinum.
The parts are in black PVD-treated maillechort, the bevelling is extensive, the surfaces are satin-brushed: this is quite obviously a movement produced according to the finest aesthetic standards, while firmly driven by mechanistic concerns. Substance meets form, and function matches needs. The result is an authentic instrument watch based on mechanical inventiveness, craftsmanship and exclusivity. After a several-year break from making headlines on the innovative complication scene,Audemars Piguethas now launched a major horological accomplishment.