Audemars Piguet will introduce a new Royal Oak Concept watch that’s the result of an eight-year sound research program and is the subject of three patents. The Royal Oak chiming watch was developed in collaborations with EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne).
According to Audemars Piguet, “The result is scientifically defined sonic targets for watchmakers to measure and attain the ‘perfect’ minute repeater sound at a volume level never achieved before. By applying the principles of stringed instrument making, Audemars Piguet has made a breakthrough in the acoustic quality of chiming watch technology and significantly enhanced sound transmission. In parallel, the manufacture has innovated to overcome the necessary restrictions of water-resistance, which naturally dampens volume, with creative solutions increasing sound intensity. Finally, to further improve sound perception, Audemars Piguet developed a new – almost silent – striking mechanism regulator. The result? The volume, pitch, tones, and harmony of sound in a modern water-resistant minute repeater watch are all scientifically enhanced. For the first time in the history of chiming wristwatches, this timepiece isn’t a minute repeater simply meant for the confidential use of its wearer. Instead, its unique sound becomes a powerful experience to be shared.”
The new Royal Oak Concept “Acoustic Research” comes in a 44 mm titanium case with titanium bezel and push-piece guards. The hand-wound movement beats at 3Hz and has a minute repeater, tourbillon, and column-wheel chronograph. The power reserve is 48-hours and water resistance is 20 meters.
While there’s no price given, if AP does produce this piece commercially it will surely cost over one hundred thousand.