A few weeks before the 2015 Edition of the SIHH , Audemars-Piguet presented something profoundly fascinating, an unadulterated concept watch with a solitary point: being the Minute Repeater 2.0 . in view of the now acclaimed Royal Oak Concept case, this watch sums up 8 years of research and advancement, all committed to improve the volume, pitch, tones and amicability of sound of a minute repeater. Anyway AP remains very attentive about how this watch functions and what are the arrangements utilized. Yet, you know us here at Monochrome-Watches, we’ll attempt to give you a few pieces of information subsequent to having seen the watch in the ‘metal’.
Audemars-Piguet professes to have the best ever Minute Repeater with this Royal Oak Concept RD1 Acoustic Research. To accomplish this outcome, it took their interior R&D groups (lead by APRP – Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi) together with the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) 8 long stretches of difficult work. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept RD1 Acoustic Research centers around a few perspectives: water opposition, volume, virtue and amicability of sound.
The first axis of research was on water obstruction, which is by all accounts a straightforward issue to address. A large portion of the traditional minute repeaters are not safe against water (or comes with simply an extremely restricted insurance against water projections). Don’t anticipate A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater or a Jaeger-Lecoultre Master Minute Repeater to be your dedicated companion into profound pungent waters – or even into your washroom. The explanation: sound necessities space and openings to be perceptible. Audemars Piguet anyway decided to have a watch usable in (pretty much) every states of the day by day life and impervious to 20 meters (not what we can call a super water opposition however a least, you can wash your hands with your watch tied on the wrist). The fundamental issue is that a case that is airtight shut will extensively lessen the power of the sound delivered by the chimes.
Because of this water obstruction, the sound is currently diminished. Arrangement: make a speaker. The appropriate response is covered up on the rear of the watch – we were obviously not permitted to take photographs of the back… But that doesn’t forestall us to mention to you what we’ve seen. The rear of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept RD1 Acoustic Research shrouds a turn around, an over-layer that we hope to make a sort of resonance chamber that enhance the sound. On the highest point of the old style caseback sits another case back with openings (extends like the old cricket watches). Another conceivable clarification could a be that the main caseback could vibrate to enhance the sound considerably more. The outcome is a watch that can be heard by its wearer as well as by individuals around him, even in a very uproarious space (for the individuals who as of now experienced classical minute repeater, you can scarcely hear it when you’re in a discussion, except if you have it close to your ear).
This goes for the outside piece of the watch however the minute repeater system itself was also improved, all together this time not increase in volume yet to upgrade the virtue and amicability of the sound. A melodic sound is composed of 2 primary components: the actual note and the music. The note makes the tone and the music makes the musicality and wealth of the sound. That’s the hypothesis. Truth be told, you likewise need to consider various parasite sounds, coming from the climate or from crafted by the mechanics. A minute repeater is composed of various cog wheels, switches and springs that move when the instrument is initiated, making vibrations and in this way, parasite commotions – these are the sound’s musicality and immaculateness most noticeably awful enemy.
What AP will in general do here is to lessen these parasite commotions by utilizing a few (obscure) methods to disconnect or diminish the sound of these components (it even goes for the equilibrium haggle system). The less clamor the actual development makes, the cleaner the sound of the repeater will be. Audemars Piguet built up another – practically quiet – striking component controller (called lead representative.) The other specialized arrangement is presumably to be found in the gongs and sledges. In the event that a traditional minute repeater makes roughly 4 unmistakable notes and a gigantic measure of music (that makes a sublime musicality), the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept RD1 Acoustic Research makes more notes (around 8 notes) yet less music. The sound made is rich as a result of the extra notes, not in view of the music. In this way, it is more unadulterated and clean. Also, in light of the fact that the notes are less upset by music, you can undoubtedly hear them and the case can all the more effectively intensify a sound that is spotless and pure.
Of course, these are close to home suspicions that should not be considered as true clarifications given by Audemars Piguet. We can just promise you that the sound made by the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept RD1 Acoustic Research Minute Repeater is incredibly uproarious, extremely unadulterated and brings a wonderful musicality. We didn’t talk about the remainder of the watch however know that is additionally brings a one-minute tourbillon (situated at 6) and a chronograph with 30-minute counter at 3. The entirety of this is cased into a 44mm titanium case and caseback. Oh… and it won’t be created, so we’re appallingly grieved, however you can’t purchase this watch.
More (official) clarifications here, on the watch’s page on Audemars Piguet’s site .