In the minds of many collectors, the minute repeater is the ultimate must-have collection. From the first minute repeater watch, the smallest women’s minute repeater to the first Zhongle self-proclaimed minute repeater, Audemars Piguet has always been regarded as an expert in making minute repeaters, and this Royal Oak concept minute repeater The release of the flywheel chronograph Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Acoustic Research Episode 1 is expected to once again promote Audemars Piguet’s technical leadership in the field of minute repeaters, and it seems that it has officially announced the real start of the challenge of the top watch industry.
Audemars Piguet, a top watchmaker founded nearly 140 years ago, has always adhered to independent watchmaking, and is the only watch factory in Switzerland that still maintains its operations in the hands of the original founding family. Watchmaking technology is constantly innovating and creating many excellent reasons for the movement. Audemars Piguet has always been known for embodying the essence of traditional watchmaking technology, and it is especially a leader in complication watches. Audemars Piguet’s five-in-one complication watch, sunrise and sunset time perpetual calendar, world time zone perpetual calendar, smallest female minute repeater, self-sounding minute repeater, tourbillon minute repeater are all impressive profound. Each of the ‘Tradition of Excellence collections’ launched in 1999 has created a miracle in contemporary watchmaking and is still amazing today. The naming of Royal Oak Concept Acoustic Research Episode 1 is inevitably reminiscent of the spirit of the ‘Big Eight Heavenly Kings’. Does it mean that Audemars Piguet has indeed reached a world-leading technological breakthrough in the field of watchmaking?
According to the limited information released by Audemars Piguet, this watch was developed by the Audemars Piguet factory’s ‘Acoustics Laboratory’ and the ‘Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne’, which took three years to completely conceptualize acoustics For the technique, the making of the questionnaire. The purpose of this joint research is to produce a minute repeater with both ‘highest sound quality’ and ‘loudest volume’. To this end, Audemars Piguet has developed a new, almost silent deceleration device that significantly improves the volume, pitch, pitch and harmony of the questionnaire. In addition, Royal Oak Concept Acoustic Research Episode 1 also solves the problem of water resistance of the watch, which is waterproof up to 20 meters (life is waterproof, although not enough to wear to swim, but it is already a big deal for the watch progress). In other words, Audemars Piguet has solved the difficult problem of the best of both worlds in terms of “sound transmission” and “waterproof case”. As for the solution, Audemars Piguet did not reveal it carefully, but only knew that it used the principle of making stringed instruments.
In addition, the Tourbillon of Royal Oak Concept Acoustic Research Episode 1 seems to be equipped with two sets of escapement wheels, as seen in the six and ten o’clock directions in the figure above. This should also be a brand new innovation, but because it was not disclosed in the press release, detailed technical details are yet to be revealed at SIHH next year.