Now, the “best” for Audemars Piguet Pocket Watch Replica means their attempting to make the very crisp and clear sound of any minute repeater. The newest points to three accomplishments demonstrated in this particular watch, which I will briefly run through. First, the unique preparation of the steel used to produce the gong arrangement makes it possible for the watchmakers to more accurately and easily adjust and enhance the pitch, tone, and harmony of the second repeater. Second, the method by which the situation is built reduces sound absorption and maximizes amplification. I will examine this “soundboard” technique a little bit in the future. Last, the striking regulator is redesigned so that the anchor system behaves like a shock absorber, minimizing shock noise.One of the most important components of a second repeater watch is that the case since it is responsible for amplifying the sound. Titanium is a really light and strong alloy, and its low density enables sound to pass through with less resistance. If you have any questions about this, you only have to check at exotic supercars and their titanium exhausts. Titanium is also used elsewhere around the watch to improve the quality of the noise, but more on this later.The use of titanium also means that despite the watch’s sizable dimensions, in 44mm wide and 16.5mm thick, it remains light and comfy to wear. And due to its unique aesthetic, the case design immediately identifies the opinion as a Royal Oak Concept and nothing else.It goes without mentioning that the instance is completed to an impeccably high standard with contrasting finishing. The bezel has mirror polished edges and includes a satin-brushed finish on the surface, which matches the exposed polished 18k white gold twist heads. The case was sandblasted and has a matte finish that juxtaposes very nicely with the more slender bezel. The large crown and chronograph pushers have been made out of ceramic.
Two year ago Audemars Piguet announced plans for a new museum, shaped like a glass spiral rising out of the pastoral fields of Le Brassus and designed by the same Danish architect responsible for Google’s new headquarters. The watchmaker broke ground on the the new building at the start of October 2016, capping two years of planning and design.
Designed by Danish architects BIG, short for Bjarke Ingels Group, the museum will be some 2800 square meters, or well over 30,000 square feet. Named Maison des Fondateurs, or “Home of the Founders”, the museum will have panoramic walls of curved glass along its entire length, topped by a roof garden.
The Audemars Piguet museum is just one of the high profile projects BIG is working on. Others include Two World Trade Center in New York City, Google’s sci-fi campus in Mountain View, and Lego House in Denmark.
But the museum will not be the only addition to the Audemars Piguet compound. Closed since early 2016, the quaint Hotel des Horlogers will be razed and replaced with a similarly stylish glass building designed by BIG with sloping buildings and long glass facades.
Owned by Audemars Piguet and separated from its factory by a carpark, the four star Hotel des Horlogers – or “watchmaker’s hotel” – will grow from 27 rooms to 65 and become a luxury hotel worthy of the visitors who make the pilgrimage to see expensive watches being produced.
Both the museum and hotel are slated to open in 2019.