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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Laptimer

May 21, 2015

Yesterday, Audemars Piguet unveiled a new Michael Schumacher Limited Edition chronograph. The last limited edition chronograph with Schumacher’s name on it was introduced in 2012 and was housed inside a Royal Oak Offshore case, powered by an existing caliber 3126/3840 chronograph movement. This time around, the watch is presented in a Royal Oak Concept case, and powered by an all new chronograph movement, with an unprecedented laptimer function, developed in conjunction with Schumacher and Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi – specifically with racing in mind.

The Case

The forged carbon case measures 44 mm in diameter and features a darkened titanium bezel. The dial is protected by a curved glareproofed sapphire crystal. The caseback is titanium with a flat glare proofed sapphire crystal. The screw-down crown is in brushed black ceramic with pink gold in the center. The flat pushepieces at 2 and 4 o’clock are in brushed black ceramic with pink gold centers, protected by darkened titanium guards. On the opposite side of the case, at 9 o’clock, is the flat laptimer pushpiece, which is in black ceramic, and signed with an engraved “MS” logo. Water-resistance is 50 meters.

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The Dial

The openwork dial is black, with a 60-second chapter ring, a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and a continuously running small seconds hand at 9 o’clock. The hour and minute hands are oversized, skeletonized and treated with a luminescent coating. Two dark chronograph hands are centrally mounted and have white tips

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End Result

This type of timepiece represents the top end of horology, and while it will not be available to very many people in its current form – theoretically – the design will help watchmakers design more advanced features within more accessible watch collections at Audemars Piguet in the future. And in the meantime, for a lucky few, you can buy the world’s first chronograph with an independent lap timer function.

Details

The Royal Oak Concept Laptimer comes with a black rubber strap with titanium AP folding clasp (Ref. 26221FT.OO.D002CA.01) and will retail for $229,500. It is limited to 221 pieces, which represents the number of F1 World Championship point-winning races in which Schumacher competed in over his career.