SIAR 2017: Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Minute Repeater Supersonnerie.

The Jules Audemars Minute Repeater Supersonnerie is a technical and aesthetic achievement that represents both classical and highly innovative aspects of Audemars Piguet. Every feature of the watch has clear historical roots while the end result is fresh and contemporary. The Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Minute Repeater Supersonnerie comes in a 43mm platinum case, the dial is crafted in blue enamel with a modern smoke-like finish, yet features classic roman numerals and white gold hands. The use of blue enamel is particularly interesting, as one of the most important minute repeaters in the Audemars Piguet historical collection is a miniature pendant watch with blue enamel case that was made in 1892.

Hand-finished sonically impactful minute repeaters have always been a focal point since the origins of the company in 1875 and the Jules Audemars Minute Repeater Supersonnerie is the first example of the supersonnerie chiming technology being applied to a classic, round case form, since the first model was produced as a Royal Oak Concept watch in 2016: a minute repeater of superior acoustic intensity with a supremely clear, sustained tone. At the time, three new pioneering chiming sound developments became technological achievements and patented innovations. They brought unprecedented acoustic performance, exceptionally refined sound quality and the clear, harmonic tone of traditional pocket-watches to a contemporary minute repeater wristwatch.


Three Evolutions: One Watch

Pure harmony thanks to a new method for pre-preparing the steel used to create the gong structure and achieve a unique minute repeater sound. A scientific system of performance targets was devised according to material cross-section, length and rigidity. Today, these pre-defined targets anticipate the final performance of the steel used by the watchmaker to make the gongs, assisting him to hone the right pitch, tone, and harmony. the result is a shortened precision-mastered tuning process and a unique sound.

Rare quality thanks to a newly developed case construction that prevents sound absorption, therefore boosting amplification. In traditional minute repeater technology, the gongs are fixed to the mainplate. Here, they are attached to a new device, a material spread beneath the movement that acts as a soundboard. Now, the gongs transmit vibrations directly to the soundboard, not the mainplate. The technology functions like the upper body of a guitar. With the vibration-to-air-system improved, sound quality, tone and amplification are richer.

Brighter tone thanks to a redesigned striking regulator, the device that sets the pace of the striking sequence of hours, quarters and minutes. The anchor system is more flexible and becomes a shock absorber so that unwanted shock noise, created in action, is eliminated. Noise is almost imperceptible; poor frequencies are diminished and the pure, clear sound created by the watchmaker is freed. The result: a brighter, cleaner tone.

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