Audemars Piguet – Royal Oak Concept Laptimer Michael Schumacher
Audemars Piguet just introduced the Royal Oak Concept Laptimer Michael Schumacher, the world’s first mechanical chronograph with substituting successive lap timing and flyback work, specifically planned and designed for consistent activity in planning laps on the course.
The thought behind this new remarkable chronograph traces all the way back to 2010 when Michael Schumacher, a companion and a minister of the brand, asked to the designers of Audemars Piguet in the event that it was conceivable to make a mechanical wristwatch that could quantify and record an all-encompassing arrangement of continuous lap times. A capacity that could be utilized in engine sports to time and compare various, sequential laps.
At no other time another without any preparation development was at any point created by Audemars Piguet on solicitation of a brand diplomat yet the undertaking sounded so fascinating from a specialized perspective and the solicitation came from a particularly old buddy of the brand that the watch producer situated in Le Brassus couldn’t decline the test. A test that, following five years of improvement, has been won.
The Royal Oak Concept Laptimer Michael Schumacher highlights a solitary chronograph instrument driving two focal hands which can be controlled independently through three pushpieces: the originally situated at 2 o’clock to begin and stop the chronograph work, the second at 4 o’clock to reset it, and a third pushpiece – the laptimer one – at 9 o’clock.
This third pushpiece makes it conceivable to stop one of the two chronograph hands while simultaneously restoring the other hand to nothing and restarting it. Along these lines, it makes easy to observe the hour of the latest lap while proceeding to quantify the following lap.
This extraordinary element likewise permits the wearer to keep a specific lap time as reference, by halting one hand with the laptimer catch, and utilize the flyback work (constrained by the pushpiece at 4 o’clock) on the other chronograph hand to restart the estimation of each new lap.
What’s more, obviously, the watch can be utilized as a flyback chronograph with two hands running together in equal.
The fashioned carbon case has a measurement of 44 mm (thickness is 12.70 mm) and highlights a bended glareproofed sapphire crystal, titanium bezel, a dark clay and pink gold screw-bolted crown and pushpieces. The dark ceramic laptimer pushpiece is engraved with the Michael Schumacher logo.
The caseback is produced using titanium with a glareproofed sapphire crystal to display the hand-wound Manufacture type 2923 beating at 28,800 vibrations each hour and offering 80 hours of force save.
Equipped for recording times down to one-eighth of a second, this development includes a high-idleness offset wheel with three section wheels to control the chronograph and laptimer complex successions. A forthcoming patent covers its one of a kind functionality.
The openworked dark dial contains a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and little seconds at 9 o’clock. The white gold Royal Oak hands with brilliant covering nicely stand out from the dark internal bezel.
A dark elastic tie with AP collapsing fasten in titanium completes the watch which offers water protection from 50 meters.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Laptimer Michael Schumacher (ref. 26221FT.OO.D002CA.01) is the second chronograph of the brand to carry the name of the F1 champion. It will be accessible in a restricted version of 221 pieces (comparing to the quantity of F1 World Championship point-dominating races in which he competed) and will have a cost of Swiss Francs 210,000. audemarspiguet.com