The Royal Oak Idea Break up-Seconds Chronograph GMT was simply introduced by Audemars Piguet within the pool of different new Royal Oaks, distinguished by an much more aggressive design than its Idea predecessors and an distinctive computerized rattrapante chronograph calibre 4407 with the date and 24-hour GMT features. This watch is a rightful inheritor to the Royal Oak Idea Laptimer Michael Schumacher and an essential addition, not simply to the Idea sequence. It’s right here to make historical past as it’s going to lead the brand new era of split-seconds chrono actions used outdoors the Grand Problems household. Let’s take a more in-depth look.
The Royal Oak Idea Sequence
Audemars Piguet introduced the first-ever watch within the Royal Oak Idea sequence in 2002 whereas celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the Royal Oak. The high-tech wanting 44mm watch in a cobalt-based super-alloy Alacrite 602 case housed the manually wound calibre 2896 with a one-minute tourbillon. Amongst different features, it featured a dynamographe displaying the mainspring’s torque, a crown operate system and a linear energy reserve indicator, with some severe shock absorbers, making it shock-resistant to 50 G. The watch was developed by Renaud & Papi and initially designed as a one-off piece, very like idea vehicles, to check the brand new applied sciences and magnificence together with public response. Nonetheless, it changed into a sequence, with 150 produced within the two years following its introduction. Since then, Audemars Piguet developed different Idea fashions, equally difficult and distinctive, made in restricted sequence.
In 2008 the corporate introduced the Royal Oak Carbon Idea, an all-black tourbillon chronograph powered by a marvel of a chronograph calibre 2895; in 2015, the ROC GMT Tourbillon was launched and paved the way in which for flying tourbillons introduced in 2018 and 2020. Additionally, that very same yr, the Royal Oak Idea Laptimer, a three-column wheel split-seconds chronograph with consecutive lap timing functionality and flyback operate, paid tribute to Michael Schumacher. A yr later, the Royal Oak Idea Supersonnerie, a minute repeater chronograph tourbillon in a water-proof titanium case, impressed audiences with an unheard acoustic efficiency that took eight years of analysis and growth. Extra not too long ago, AP teamed up with Marvel Leisure to launch Idea superhero-themed watches, with the Black Panther 250 items restricted version ROCs in a sandblasted titanium case with black ceramic bezel and crown, which housed a hand-painted white gold mini-sculpture of T’Challa, king and protector of the African nation.
Final yr, Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak Idea Flying Tourbillon GMT in a titanium case with a hard-to-manufacture inexperienced ceramic bezel, an ideal demonstration of how the Idea has developed in 20 years. This “inexperienced Idea” differed solely in color from the sooner mannequin, with blue accents launched in 2020, nevertheless it was a major launch. The Royal Oak Idea Ref. 26589IO employed the manual-wind calibre 2954, that includes a 10-day energy reserve, a flying tourbillon at 9 o’clock and a second time zone at 3, with a skeletonised dial and the identical operate selector show at 6 that debuted in 2002. The brand new aesthetic was firmly in – a cutting-edge design paired with watchmaking excellence of the very best degree.
The Rattrapante till now
It’s fascinating that in accordance with Audemars Piguet, within the Eighties and Nineties, of the 1625 watches produced by the corporate, 625 had a chronograph operate, and 299 had been outfitted with a split-seconds mechanism, with a majority of pocket chronograph watches all via AP historical past that includes a split-seconds hand. On the identical time, the rattrapante was an rare AP complication within the twentieth century, with only one case documented in 1946. It wasn’t till 1996 that the split-seconds chronograph returned in a “miniature model” to be a part of the primary Audemars Piguet Grande Complication wristwatch introduced in a spherical 42mm case, alongside the perpetual calendar and the minute repeater with calibre 2885. The primary Grande Complication within the Royal Oak case adopted in 1997, and AP launched the primary Grande Complication “Beast” in 2013 to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Offshore. Each featured split-seconds chronographs. As talked about earlier, within the Idea sequence, the rattrapante was first seen in a Michael Schumacher watch.
The brand new Era ROC
The appear and feel of the Royal Oak Idea Break up-Seconds Chronograph GMT stay devoted to the Idea concept, futuristic, pushing the bounds, but extremely interesting for the clever drive it initiatives. The watch is giant, 43mm in diameter and 17.4mm thick, with a characteristically geometric titanium case with sharp and glossy edges, broadsides and a well-known octagonal bezel, satin-brushed, with amplified hexagonal screws. The sandblasted case and the bezel are barely curved for consolation, making this watch match most wrists nicely. The case structure is repeated within the screw-locked bolt of a crown and chronograph push-pieces, all created from black ceramic. The push-piece guards are featured on either side at 2, 4 and 9 o’clock.
Just like the case, the dial is three-dimensional with loads of geometry, and it’s openworked to indicate the motion that highlights this Idea piece. The skeletonised and sandblasted, blackened dial plate helps the general high-tech design, with the large date at 12 o’clock including to the impression of a large building – huge, complicated, however very useful. Word the absence of the emblem on the dial – there may be not a lot area left for it, however it may be learn as a press release. In spite of everything, who else could make a watch like this?
The GMT and day-night show at 3 o’clock exhibits the hour in a second time zone, with simple adjustment utilizing the crown’s coaxial push-piece. Every push strikes the GMT hand by one hour. This hand makes a revolution in 12 hours, and the white/black day-and-night disc makes one rotation in 24 hours. The small seconds sub-dial is at 6 o’clock, balancing the massive “digital” date, and the 30-minute chronograph counter is at 9, the place on the aspect of the case, protected by push-piece guards, we discover the rattrapante motion button, simply the place it was with the Royal Oak Idea Laptimer in 2015.
The brand new Calibre 4407
The engine that ensures the sleek functioning of the Royal Oak Idea Break up-Seconds Chronograph GMT is a newly developed self-winding calibre 4407, and it’s based mostly on the built-in flyback chronograph motion 4401 that debuted within the Code 11.59 assortment in 2019. It has a column wheel and a vertical clutch system, which together with the proprietary zero-reset mechanism, be certain that each chronograph and split-seconds palms reply to your instructions effortlessly whereas measuring time intervals or performing an on the spot reset to zero.
It’s price noting that the bottom calibre 4401 is 6.8 mm thick. Within the calibre 4407, Idea-series-usual GMT and split-seconds features, in addition to the massive date, the peak of the 4401 elevated by solely 3.1mm, to a complete of 8.92 mm. To realize this peak, AP engineers built-in the rattrapante mechanism inside the thickness of the ball bearing for the semi-peripheral rotor, and now the split-seconds wheel and the actuator clamps are in full view via the sapphire caseback within the centre below the X-shaped bridge – and no rotor to impede the spectacle. Such a superb building, it has discovered its means into the Code 11.59 Universelle, AP’s most intricate wristwatch ever. It could be unsuitable to not count on the looks of split-seconds chronographs throughout different collections.
Availability & Worth
For the primary time within the Idea sequence, the brand new Royal Oak Idea Break up-Seconds Chronograph GMT is obtainable with an interchangeable strap with a straightforward “click on and launch” system that doesn’t compromise the safety of the watch when it’s worn. With a price ticket of CHF 170,000 excl. taxes, you wouldn’t have it in any other case. This new and actually spectacular watch can be a part of the common assortment. For extra particulars, please go to www.audemarspiguet.com.