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.
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.
Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked // 41 mm
Hours, minutes and centre seconds.
Black ceramic case and screw-locked crown, titanium caseback, glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 50 m.
Openworked slate grey dial, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.
Black ceramic bracelet with AP folding clasp.
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)