Following the success of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak hollow stainless steel double balance wheel, the Associated Press has launched a secret and sexy black ceramic version.
In 2016, when the stainless steel version was launched on SIHH, we first set our sights on the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Skeleton Watch. Its patented second balance wheel and hairspring assembly are located on the same axis, which not only immediately attracts the eye with contrasting gold, but also greatly improves accuracy and stability.
New black ceramic Royal Oak double balance wheel hollow
This new version is equipped with a black ceramic case and bracelet, both satin-finished and polished by hand, with the same attention to detail as the brand’s beloved stainless steel case.
In addition, the newly designed black hollow dial adds more charm. The combination of slate gray and rose gold elements provides an amazing visual contrast. The hollow splint and gear train are rhodium-plated to make it appear cold stone gray, while the double balance mechanism, hour markers, hands and oscillating weight are all made of 22 carat warm pink gold.
Skeletonization itself is not only a kind of decoration, but also a kind of complexity. Too little material is filed from the component, and the aesthetics will look wrong. However, if there is too much cutting, the function of the movement may be affected. As Audemars Piguet’s specialty since the 1930s, hollowing is a balancing exercise that can only be done with the most experienced hands.
Place a magnifying glass on this dial, and when the polished outer and inner corners catch the light, everything will be revealed, revealing the endless working hours of making this complex movement.
Back to double balance
The Royal Oak Double Balance Skeleton Movement consists of a 3132 automatic movement with a 45-hour power reserve, as well as two balance wheels and two hairsprings assembled on the same shaft, allowing the system to swing in perfect synchronization. The result of this complex mechanism is improved accuracy and stability.
The titanium case back is decorated with a new engraving “Royal Oak Double Balancier” to commemorate this unique patented movement.
Finally, the Royal Oak balance wheel with black ceramic hollow processing adopts a 41 mm case size, a black ceramic AP folding clasp and a 50-meter waterproof function, which perfectly combines cutting-edge technology, traditional craftsmanship and modern design. swiss watches