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Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet is a brand that may look back on a extended company history & the one that a number of other brands still involved in the laborious procedure for starting a firm foundation story could definitely be envious of. It would never dawn on anone at Audemars Piguet to name one among their watches for the year the business started business or to write 1875 on a dial, and they doesn't come up with a big deal with the fact that in 986, such as, when the term tourbillon was still being relatively unknown even one of many experts, the very first serial toubillon wristwatches were already in production in Le Brassus. That the company focuses 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 revolutionary escapement in line with the classic chronometer escapement using steel and ruby jewel bearings-tried and true elements that are actually applied to watchmaking for centuries. Does Audemars Piguet reject making use of modern materials? Definitely not, but each material is carefully selected to serve a practical purpose, for example the cases crafted in forged carbon that make the Royal Oak Offshore a pleasantly light, but no less masculine timepiece. Forged carbon offers the added advantage that many watch will likely 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 wristwatch ready for serial production having a balance that vibrates at the incredible frequency of 43,2000 vph, twice as fast as most manufacture movements currently in production and a great deal 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 during those times tests had shown that the AP escapements was capable of running perfectly at 43,200 vph or 6 hertz even without having lubrication of the pallet stones, which will quickly dissipate at this speed anyway. The omission of lubricant solves a problem that has plagued watchmakers provided that 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 the 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 to the modern Swiss lever escapement as introduced by Thosmas Mudge in 1759.Audemars Piguet has succeeded in securing the main advantages of both systems in their new high-frequency escapement, solving the oil problem and introducing a fresh and important component to the action: rate precision.

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