Audemars Piguet is a produce that could look back on the extensive company history & one that a number of other brands still involved in the laborious procedure for establishing a firm foundation story could definitely be envious of. It may well never dawn on anone at Audemars Piguet to name amongst their watches for the year the corporation started business or to write 1875 on a dial, and they doesn't make a big deal with the fact that in 986, as an example, when the term tourbillon used to be relatively unknown even among the experts, the original 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 one step further, they have even developed a progressive escapement depending on the classic chronometer escapement using steel and ruby jewel bearings-tried and true elements that seem to have been used in watchmaking for centuries. Does Audemars Piguet reject using modern materials? Certainly not, but each material is carefully selected to serve a functional purpose, like the cases crafted in forged carbon that make the Royal Oak Offshore a pleasantly light, but no less masculine timepiece. Forged carbon supplies the benefit which every watch will probably be unique since the surface structure created during the forging process should not be predetermined.
At the 2009 S.I.H.H. in Geneva, Audemars Piguet presented a watch 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 quite a lot faster compared to the 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 in those days tests had shown that the AP escapements was able to running perfectly at 43,200 vph or 6 hertz even without any lubrication of the pallet stones, which could quickly dissipate at the speed anyway. The omission of lubricant solves a problem that has plagued watchmakers so long as mechanical timepieces have been in existence: gumming or hardening of the oil. This fresh escapement is based on an invention by Parisian royal clockmaker Robert Robin (1742-1799). He produced a new system in 1791 that combined the virtues of these two well-known escapements during the day, so-called free-sprung escapement and one including energy transfer via pallet fork and guard pin as part of the precursor towards the modern Swiss lever escapement as invented by Thosmas Mudge in 1759.Audemars Piguet has succeeded in securing the main advantages of both systems in its new high-frequency escapement, solving the oil problem and introducing a brand new and important component to the sport: rate precision.