The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie is the brand’s second watch that focuses on the sound quality enhanced by the sonnerie complication. This minute repeater of superior acoustic intensity offers an extremely clear and constant tone. The watch is unique on the market, it is a novelty that was created for those who appreciate innovation and refinement, a stunning gadget that preserves AP’s classic look and sophistication.
Sound quality and clarity are the main focus for the Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie timepiece. On most traditional watches, a background whirring is heard when a minute repeater strikes. The component that makes this sound is known as the governor and functions continuously during the chiming process. The particular thing about this watch is that the governor is completely silent; thus it doesn’t distract you from the chimes. I guess we could say that Audemars Piguet is very keen on offering the watch with the perfect sound as when developing the Concept Supersonnerie timepiece the company filled three patents.
The brand’s chiming watches sound study program started in 2006 and it was begun in collaboration with the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Its passionate team of watchmakers, engineers, artisans, academics and technicians was sustained by serious investments in sound-measurement facilities. For obtaining a decent level of water resistance it is necessary to use a robust casing which causes substantial noise diffusion. This is the reason why the company had to make some major adjustment to the watch’s construction so that it reduced the degree of noise generated by the case. The result was a titanium timepiece that is water resistant to a depth of just 20 meters.
Audemars Piguet was very dedicated to this project. It even asked for the professional opinion of an “an esteemed academic of the Geneva conservatory” regarding the noise made by the watch. Before releasing the Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie, the brand wanted to be sure that the sound was both clear and pleasing to the ear. The case of the timepiece is manufactured from titanium because this special type of alloy has a lower density than platinum or gold which makes it possible for the sound to travel through its walls with much less resistance.
Such a special and unique watch needs an equally impressive movement so at the inside of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie we find a manual manufacture movement, known as the Calibre 2937. This high end hand-wound mechanism has only a 8.28 mm width. The manual movement has 43 jewels, operates at a steady 21,600vph, includes 478 parts and offers at least 42 hours power reserve.
The titanium case is stunningly complemented by a black ceramic screw-locked crown and two titanium and black ceramic buttons that coordinate the tourbillon and minute repeater complications. But there is more to this watch than the revolutionary sonnerie. The Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie comes with a tourbillon chronograph that features central sweep seconds hand and a 30 minutes sub-dial located at 3 o’clock. A beautiful double ended hand which rotates around its central axis indicates the minutes. To read this special minute hand you use the colored tips that match the text on the dial. The watch is available with a black rubber strap which sports a folding titanium clasp.
The unique aesthetics and innovations offered by the Supersonnerie timepiece set this model as a high end product created for those who appreciate unique novelties. This is also the reason why the watch is priced at $597,400, a price that turns it into an exclusive luxury item.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie is an extremely precise and elegant timepiece with a sophisticated acoustic. Its unprecedented sound performances, incredibly refined harmonic tone and clear acoustic turns it from a traditional looking wrist watch into a modern minute repeater timepiece.