The Audemars Piguet Laptimer utilizes an ever more familiar case shape from the Swiss powerhouse and updates the internal workings with several thing totally new, and totally awesome. What Audemars Piguet have focused on more than any other aspect of this watch, is the sound quality achieved by the sonnerie complication from which the piece takes its name. This is not the first watch Audemars Piguet have launched in this vein.
The merely classical horological complication that serves to keep track of two measured times is the split-second chronograph. Audemars Piguet replica watches reference their chiming watches sound study program which began way back in 2006. It is equipped with two superimposed seconds hands. Two competitors start at the same time, and one press on a pusher starts the timing operation. One of the two seconds hand stops and the other continues running. Although the Laptimer doesn’t look that intuitive on paper, however in real life conditions handling it does indeed become instinctive and above all brilliantly smooth and cool. The second competitor stops and a press on the start/stop pusher freezes his time. Another press on the split-second pusher repositions the hands one on top of the other. When one of them finishes the race, the user presses the split-second pusher, generally located at 7 o’clock or embedded in the winding crown. The race is over and the two performances have been measured, however that’s about all. It can be pretty frustrating and is intrinsically ill-suited to severalkinds of sports events. The other hand thus continues following him.
The Royal Oak Concept Laptimer works like two separate chronographs united in the same watch. When Audemars Piguet announced its partnership with Michael Schumacher in 2021, it was clear that the multiple Formula 1 racing champion was going to work on complications built to meet racing drivers’ needs. One hand catches up with the other, hence the French word for this complication: rattrapante. His terrible skiing accident halted the flow of this collaborative endeavor, however one of its fruits has now reached maturity. The race begins and the timing operation is activated. At the end of the third lap, the first hand stops and the second hand is reset to measure the fourth lap, and thus on and thus forth. The driver completes his first lap and one of the central seconds hands stops, giving the performance for this first lap. however the driver has not stopped and is instead continuing on a second lap. At the exact same moment, the hand that timed the first lap has been automatically reset to zero and begun timing the third lap. At the end of the second lap, the second hand stops and gives a second time. A glance at the back gives an immediate idea of the difficulty involved in this simultaneous measurement. The hands take turns and are reset via the fly-back function. The whole sequence is coordinated by three pushers: in keeping with a fairly classic layout, the one at 2 o’clock starts and stops the chronograph, while the 4 o’clock one is for zero-resetting. Considering its functions, it is surprisingly thin at 8.28mm. The watch operates at a steady 21,600vph, has 43 jewels, and 478 parts, with a minimal guaranteed power reserve 42 hours. The coordination between successive lap timing and resetting operations is amazing. Meanwhile the 9 o’clock pusher serves to handle the successive laptiming operations. Calibre 2923 was totally developed for the Laptimer by Renaud & Papi – the movement maker specialized in complications and a subsidiary of Audemars Piguet – in conjunction with Michael Schumacher.
The Audemars Piguet Laptimer replica watches comes on a black rubber strap with a folding clasp in titanium. In addition to the stage-stealing sonnerie, the watch is as well home to a tourbillon chronograph with central sweep-seconds hand and a 30-minute counter, which can be found at 3 o’clock. The minutes are indicated by a sweet, double-ended hand that rotates around its central axis and is read according to its coloured tips that correspond to the text on the dial.