In concerto: The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie
The science behind sound rings loud and lucid with Audemars Piguet's Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie — a new minute repeater timepiece whose defined chime strikes the chord of exceptional innovation. Inspired by the maison's founding duo whose forte in repeater pieces charted a new frontier in 19th century watchmaking, the manufacture today leverages on 140 years worth of expertise and an in-house sound lab for the most audible Royal Oak yet.
First heard in a special aural project with electronic artist and producer Gener8ion — who captured the watch's melody layered with the environmental and ambience hums of Audemars Piguet's workshops — the Concept Supersonnerie is the brainchild of a dedicated sound programme backed by a decade of research. A creative process that saw watchmakers, technicians, academics and musicians funneling their respective know-how into a singular timepiece, the new chiming Royal Oak alters the face of traditional minute repeaters as we know it. Using an innovative design that takes after the construction of string instruments, new gongs direct vibrations directly to the soundboard, generating a crystal clear harmony with an astonishing amplification, much like how a guitar's strings project sound.
An immaculate assembly, the Concept Supersonnerie is also equipped with an automatic security function to shield the crown — which kicks in whenever the hand-setting function is activated even during mid-chime — thereby protecting the repeater mechanism and its hand-wound calibre 2937 movement. Further safeguarded by a striking titanium case that frames an openworked black dial revealing the satin-brushed clockwork and its spinning tourbillon, the Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie is undoubtedly haute horlogerie's miniature musical masterpiece.
The Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie is available at Audemars Piguet boutiques.