Without any doubt, Audemars Piguet’s new minute repeater that will be unveiled to the public at the Salon de la Haute Horlegerie 2015 is bound to attract a lot of attention. The new watch which is still in its prototype phase is significant since it is supposed to represent a completely new chapter in the development of the complication. Royal Oak Concept Acoustic Research as its name suggests is a product of extensive research that took several years. Its main strongpoint is a striking mechanism whose loudness cannot be paralleled to any similar product that has been released so far.
Reaching an entirely new stage in the development of one of the most cherished complications in watchmaking was by no means an easy task. As it is disclosed, the researchers of Audemars Piguet have been working on its creation for more than eight years. For the development of the new timepiece, the Le Brassus based brand used its innovation facilities of Renauld et Papi. Additionally, it also collaborated with experts of the EPFL which is a shortened form of Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, an employee of the Geneva Conservatory and finally a prestigious maker of string instruments.
The main focus of the collaborative work was to make a minute repeater whose sound is significantly louder than those found in any already existing ones. Unlike the most mechanisms of its kind, it will be loud enough to be heard by not only its wearer, but everybody else in the vicinity. The sheer volume of the novelty, of course, does not imply compromised quality of the sound as Audemars Piguet and its experts made sure.
Apart from the loudness, the novel watch has other impressive features. Some of them are connected with its minute repeater. For example, the watch also has a brand new type of the regulator for the feature which is completely silent. Additionally, it is even water proof which makes the entire feat even more impressive. Water resistance is truthfully very low and restricted to just 20 meters, but it considerably raises the functionality and wearability of the watch which is bound to be very costly. The water proof casing will be made of titanium, while its styling will categorize it in the Royal Oak collection. Its diameter will in this instance measure to 44 mm.
Tourbillon and Chronograph Complement the Minute Repater
Audemars Piguet Concept Acoustic Research possesses more awesome qualities in addition to its revolutionary striking mechanism and the novel piece will be equipped with additional impressive complications. It will also include a tourbillion and a column-wheel chronograph which are all quite respectable even on their own. The partially skeletonized black dial will expose segments of its minute repeater at the top and its tourbillion at the bottom. The first photos of the new watch also show that it will be made with a black rubber wristlet. However, there is a plenty of information about the novel watch that is still unknown. Apart from the more specific details about its movement, we still do not know the exact price or the date of the release of the watch. Undoubtedly, more will be known after the SIHH 2015 opens its gates at the end of the next month.