The new Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked from Audemars Piguet
For the first time, the Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked is offered with a black ceramic case and bracelet, both hand-finished with the Manufacture’s trademark alternation of satin-brushing and polishing.
The black ceramic case provides a 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.
The Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked which blends traditional savoir-faire, cutting-edge technology and highly contemporary design is exclusively available in Audemars Piguet’s Boutiques starting December 2020.