Audemars Piguet is a manufacture that may look back on the particularly long company history & one which many other brands still involved in the laborious means of establishing a firm base story could definitely be envious of. It would never dawn on anone at Audemars Piguet to name certainly one of their watches for the year the business started business or to write 1875 on a dial, and they doesn't produce a big deal concerning the fact that in 986, one example is, once the term tourbillon had been relatively unknown even among the experts, the earliest serial toubillon wristwatches were already in production in Le Brassus. That the company focuses primarily on especially flat watches is often just mentioned in passing. Escapements made of silicon, Diamond-coated balance springs? Such things are all in a day's work for the engineers at Audemars Piguet.Going a step further, they've even developed a creative escapement based on the classic chronometer escapement using steel and ruby jewel bearings-tried and true elements that had been applied to watchmaking for centuries. Does Audemars Piguet reject the usage of modern materials? Most certainly not, but each material is carefully selected to offer a functional purpose, such as the cases crafted in forged carbon that make the Royal Oak Offshore a pleasantly light, but no less masculine timepiece. Forged carbon provides the benefit that all watch will probably be unique as the surface structure created during the forging process can't be predetermined.
At the 2009 S.I.H.H. in Geneva, Audemars Piguet presented a wristwatch ready for serial production featuring a balance that vibrates at the incredible frequency of 43,2000 vph, twice as fast as most manufacture movements currently being made and a reasonable amount faster as opposed to 28,800 vpn industry standard.Back in 2006 the manufacture introduced a new escapement that functioned at a less frenetic 21,600 vph, but even during those times tests had shown that the AP escapements was able to running perfectly at 43,200 vph or 6 hertz even with no lubrication of the pallet stones, which would quickly dissipate at this speed anyway. The omission of lubricant solves a problem that has plagued watchmakers for so long as mechanical timepieces have been in business: gumming or hardening of the oil. This fresh escapement is based on an invention by Parisian royal clockmaker Robert Robin (1742-1799). He developed a new system in 1791 that combined the virtues of these two well-known escapements of the day, so-called free-sprung escapement and one including energy transfer via pallet fork and guard pin part of the precursor towards the modern Swiss lever escapement as introduced by Thosmas Mudge in 1759.Audemars Piguet has succeeded in securing some great benefits of both systems in their new high-frequency escapement, solving the oil problem and introducing the latest and important component to the game: rate precision.