Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked Black Ceramic

Audemars Piguet, a Swiss high-end watchmaker, has launched a new royal oak series double wheel hollowed out watch (model: 15416CE.OO.1225CE.01), the new watch combines an elegant black ceramic case with a subtle dial for visual contrast. This is the first time that the Royal Oak series double cycloidal hollow out watch is equipped with a black ceramic case and chain, and the case and chain are carefully hand polished with the brand’s signature Satin drawing and polishing process.

Black ceramic case with a new design of dark gray hollowed out dial, through both sides of the watch, you can enjoy the rose gold double wheel mechanism. This patent innovation was released in 2016. Two sets of cycloids and hairspring are fixed on the same axis and swing at the same frequency, which improves the accuracy and stability of the watch. Rose gold inlaid time mark and fluorescent pointer, as well as 22K rose gold pendulum, complement the automatic adjustment mechanism. The titanium bottom cover features a new engraving “Royal Oak double balancier”, which highlights the complex mechanism inside.

In addition, the operation of the rhodium gear train can also be observed through the clearance of the dark gray hollow bridge plate. Since 1930’s, hollowing out has been Aipi’s technical expertise, which is a kind of art that takes both aesthetics and function into account. Trained experts create movement from scratch with the help of final design and reverse thinking. If you cut too little in the wrong place, it doesn’t look right; if you cut too much, it will damage the functionality of the movement. To solve this problem, it is necessary to be proficient in tabulation technology, and have a deep understanding of materials and finishing technology.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Openworked Double Balance Wheel is sized at 41 mm in diameter, features a 45-hour power reserve thanks to the thin 5.57 mm caliber 3132. It is available in both stainless steel and rose gold, both non-limited. More details, including pricing and availability to come! You can read more official details here. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked Black Ceramic

Non-binding recommended public price in the USA (taxes excluded). The Manufacture’s patented double balance wheel mechanism is clad in black ceramics and revealed on both sides of the watch through the openworked slate grey dial
The Royal Oak Double Balance wheel Openworked tackles these stabilising issues by fixing a second balance wheel and balance-spring assembly on the same axis. The new patented geometry involves a very complex manufacturing procedure, but the payoff is huge: greatly improved precision and stability.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked Black Ceramic IMAGE: AUDEMARS PIGUET Audemars Piguet’s latest wonder might be a bit of a mouthful to pronounce, but that’s only because it’s pretty much the full description of this jaw-droppingly beautiful timepiece that will be available exclusively at AP boutiques from December
This new watch presents a demonstration of Audemars Piguet’s mastery of high-end horology and materials science. The new case for this watch follows on a theme used in the Royal Oak collection for a few years now. The case and the bracelet of this watch are made from black ceramic.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked 41mm Ceramic is yet another demonstration of the brand’s savoir-faire. A combination of tradition and innovation, as only AP does. While the design and the materials are technical, bold and ultra-modern, the movement is, horologically-speaking, an ode to traditional craftsmanship

Replica audemars piguet royal oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked

I haven’t even seen the watch yet and already know that it is going to be one of my favorite new releases at SIHH 2016. Combining the majesty of the Royal Oak case and bracelet design with an innovative new movement and the visual splendor of skeletonization, this is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked watch – and it comes in both 18k pink gold and steel.
Audemars Piguet prefers the term “openworked” to “skeletonization” but each means the same thing. There are a lot of openworked watches released from Audemars Piguet this year in 2016, and that is good because the traditional Swiss brand is great at it. Of course, this isn’t the first skeletonized Royal Oak watch to be released – not even close. To see an entirely different style of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak skeletonized watch, see this 2012 Extra Thin Openworked model here.
Pretty skeletonization aside, the “open” view of the movement in this new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked watch makes sense, as Audemars Piguet is using the decorative technique as a means of showing off the guts of their new in-house made calibre 3132 automatic movement. audemars piguet royal oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked Replica

The entire point of the 3132 is to increase accuracy, and for this new movement, Audemars Piguet applies a unique concept by producing a double-sided balance wheel structure. When we follow-up with a hands-on post later, we ideally will get more information on the operation of this interesting system as well as details on really how much the double balance wheel system improves accuracy and overall performance.
According to Audemars Piguet, their “Dualbalance” double balance wheel system “greatly improved precision and stability” over more traditional single balance wheel systems. A look at the structure reveals a design that appears to fix two balance wheels to a central pinion, and each balance wheel has its own weighting as well as hairspring.
Other watches out there have attempted to increase accuracy by having two (or more) distinct balance wheels on the movement which operated in tandem but separately. The notion in those movements is the the rate results of each are combined, thus leading to an average rate which is theoretically more accurate as a result. The Audemars Piguet Dualbalance takes a different approach by trying to create increased rate stability in a single system rather than trying to average out the results of two distinct operating balance wheels.
There have also been single balance wheel systems with dual hairsprings, which are thematically similar in their intended results to reduce the effects of error and maintain rate performance stability over time. The Audemars Piguet Dualbalance, however, takes the ultimate next step by creating a single structure with two balance wheels and two balance springs. I look forward to viewing this novel system in operation as well as hearing about how its accuracy is an improvement on more traditional single balance wheel systems.
Very attractive in its design, the calibre 3132 is also an automatic with 45 hours of power reserve operating at a frequency of 3Hz (21,600 bph). It is produced from 245 parts and, of course, in this execution is richly “openworked” and hand-decorated. Notice the 18k pink gold balance bridge which is a welcome aesthetic feature. On the dial, both the steel and pink gold version of the Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked watches have pink gold hands and hour markers.

For the case, Audemars Piguet uses their 41mm-wide Royal Oak case (water resistant to 50 meters) and I am quite curious as to how thick it is. The Dualbalance system no doubt adds some thickness, but I am not sure how much. My instincts tell me that any added size would be marginal at worst.
As mentioned above, the combination of the appeal of the Royal Oak watch and a beautiful accuracy-focused movement with useful new technology should make the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked watch particularly appealing to watch enthusiasts. This is more of what Audemars Piguet should be doing, and I am sure the brand’s fans will reward the company with lots of interest. My only hope is that deliveries of these models not be too long after SIHH 2016, as it is not uncommon for new movements such as this to experience shipping delays given the testing and production of novel parts and concepts.