Audemars Piguet, 2011 Top 10 Watches in the World Preview

by 08 December 2010

Did you know that the minute repeater and the grand strike are the world's oldest horological complications? Before the invention of electricity, time had to be "told" also by sound. Pocket watches in the 15th century were equipped with the striking mechanism to sound every hour. And in the late 17th century, the invention of the quarter-repeating mechanism made it possible to announce the passing of every quarter and hour. When Audemars Piguet was founded in 1875, it already manufactured minute repeater and grand strike ("Grande Sonnerie") models, launching its very first minute repeater wristwatch in 1892.

After presenting the Millenary Quincy Jones limited edition watch last year, Audemars Piguet continues its love affair with the sound of music with the brand new Millenary Minute Repeater. Featuring the new AP escapement, oval case and three-dimensional structure, the watch will prove to be a new classic.

The AP escapement draws inspiration from an 18th century mechanism, and it combines the efficiency of a direct-impulse escapement with the reliability of a Swiss level escapement. What's special about the AP escapement is that it reduces energy loss, eliminates the need to lubricate pallets, so it's even more accurate, stable and it is also more resistance to shock.

The hand-wound Calibre 2910 contains an innovative, flat double balance-spring system that improves precision; and two movement barrels that provide an impressive seven-day power reserve. To maintain the crisp sound of the minute repeater, the third barrel of the stricking mechanism is two and a half times larger than normal.

This Audemars Piguet watch has an oval-shaped case in hand-brushed titanium, anthracite gray hours and minutes subdial at 3 o'clock, and the small seconds at 7 o'clock. The movement is decorated with the "Côtes de Genève" motif. All the beautiful details complete this visually stunning timepiece.

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