A NEW BLACK AESTHETICS FOR THE ROYAL OAK

DOUBLE BALANCE WHEEL OPENWORKE

Le Brassus, November 27, 2020 – Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is pleased to unveil a new version of its Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked combining an elegant black ceramic case with a dial design full of subtle contrasts.

The Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked adorns for the first time a black ceramic case.

© Courtesy of Audemars Piguet

For the first time, the Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked is offered with a black ceramic case and bracelet, both meticulously hand-finished with the Manufacture’s trademark alternation of satin-brushing and polishing.

The black ceramic case provides an elegant setting for the newly re-designed blackened openworked dial and the pink gold-toned double balance wheel mechanism, visible on both sides of the watch. This patented innovation, released by Audemars Piguet in 2016, improves the watch’s precision and stability. By incorporating two balance wheels and two hairsprings assembled on the same axis, the system oscillates in perfect synchrony. This self-regulating organ is echoed by the pink gold applied hour-markers and luminescent hands, as well as by the 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight visible on the caseback side. The watch’s titanium caseback also presents a new engraving: “Royal Oak Double Balancier,” in honour of the complex mechanism ticking within.

In addition, the blackened openworked bridges reveal part of the rhodium-toned gear train on both sides of the watch. An Audemars Piguet speciality since the 1930s, openworking is an art balancing aesthetics and function. Highly trained experts create the movement by starting with the end design and working backwards. Cut too little in the wrong place and it looks wrong. Cut too much and the movement’s functionality is compromised. Solving the puzzle demands horological mastery and profound knowledge of materials and finishing techniques.

The Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked which blends traditional savoir-faire, cutting-edge technology and highly contemporary design will be exclusively available in Audemars Piguet’s Boutiques as of December 2020

“Born in Le Brassus, raised around the world.”

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked // 41 mm

15416CE.OO.1225CE.01

FUNCTIONS

Hours, minutes and centre seconds.

CASE

Black ceramic case and screw-locked crown, titanium caseback, glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 50 m.

DIAL

Openworked slate grey dial, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

BRACELET

Black ceramic bracelet with AP folding clasp.

MOVEMENT SPECIFICATIONS

Selfwinding Manufacture Calibre 3132

Total diameter                                       26.59 mm (11 ¾ lignes)

Total thickness                                      5.57 mm

Number of jewels                                  38

Number of parts                                    245

Minimum guaranteed power reserve       45 hours

Frequency of balance wheel                  3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)

About Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet is the oldest fine watchmaking manufacturer still in the hands of its founding families (Audemars and Piguet). Based in Le Brassus since 1875, the company has nurtured generations of talented craftspeople who have continuously developed new skills and techniques, broadening their savoir-faire to set rule-breaking trends. In the Vallée de Joux, at the heart of the Swiss Jura, Audemars Piguet has created numerous masterpieces, testament to the Manufacture’s ancestral savoir-faire and forward-thinking spirit. Sharing its passion and savoir-faire with watch enthusiasts worldwide through the language of emotions, Audemars Piguet has established enriching exchanges among fields of creative practices and fostered an inspired community. Born in Le Brassus, raised around the world. — www.audemarspiguet.com