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Cheap Replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin Platinum Watches For SIHH 2016

Using the parlance of at least one Audemars Piguet brand ambassador, if you want to be a real baller, then go ahead and find yourself a Royal Oak Tourbillon… in platinum. Cheap replica Audemars Piguet wacthes is already shy enough about distributing too many Royal Oak watches on bracelets in full gold, but Royal Oak watches with matching bracelets in platinum – well, that is another story altogether. I don’t even find myself particularly that attracted to the notion of platinum watches, but I salivate a bit when it comes to an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon… in platinum. Two new versions in the larger 41mm wide Royal Oak case arrive at SIHH 2016 – either with or without a diamond-set bezel. They aren’t even the only Royal Oak Tourbillon-based watches in platinum to see a debut at the show. There is also the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked.

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If you are familiar with the history of the Royal Oak, then you probably know that, in addition to being designed for Audemars Piguet by famed watch designer Gerald Genta, the Royal Oak was intended by the brand to be a luxury steel sports watch for (initially) the Italian market. In 1972 when the Royal Oak came out, it was just when quartz watches were coming in, and the notion of a luxury sports lifestyle watch for affluent playboys was becoming popular. The concept was to take emphasis away from the movement and instead focus on an interesting case and bracelet design. The Swiss watch industry wasn’t winning a lot of hearts and minds with traditional mechanical movements given the increasing popularity of quartz, so this new tactic allowed them an ability to separate themselves in a unique way by offering something visually rather distinct on the wrist.

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I mention all of this because I always find it interesting when the Royal Oak gets rendered (case and bracelet) in a precious metal and not steel. A Royal Oak in gold makes sense because the color of the metal is so different that steel, but in metals like 18k white gold or platinum, the type of customer Audemars Piguet is likely reaching is easily very different that the man who wears a steel, fake Audemars Piguet watches 18k rose gold, or yellow gold Royal Oak.

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Moreover, the subtle and extremely non-pretentious “smoked gray” color of the “Mega Tapisserie” makes these platinum Royal Oak Tourbillon watches feel even more down to earth. Ignoring the diamonds on the gem-set model for a moment, and aside from the exposed tourbillons on the dial, these platinum Royal Oak watches almost look “reserved.” With that said, I think this gentle irony is something that a lot of collectors will appreciate. I have a sort of name for very expensive watches that don’t actually look that expensive, and that is an “F- you watch.” Why “F- you?” Because the timepieces goes against the traditional notion of conspicuous luxury, saying “most people don’t know I spent this much money on the watch, and even though it looks like something a bit less expensive, certain people around the world who are watch nerds like me will know what it is.” It is really saying “F- you” to the notion of at least being able to enjoy flaunting money a bit if you spend so much on an item like a wrist watch.

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One of the things I find interesting, or at least curious, is that the 950 platinum version of the 41mm wide Royal Oak Tourbillon is water resistant to 50 meters while 18k gold model of the same watch is only water resistant to 20 meters. Maybe someone can tell me why that is? In any event, I am actually more curious as to exactly how much the fake Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin watches weighs. The Royal Oak has never had the thickest case or bracelet (by design), but there is nevertheless a fair amount of platinum metal in this timepiece.

If the standard reference 26510PT.OO.1220PT.01 Royal Oak Tourbillon at 41mm in platinum isn’t enough for you, then there is also the reference 26516PT.ZZ.1220PT.01 with the diamond-set bezel. Audemars Piguet didn’t want to ruin some of the characteristic traits of the iconic Royal Oak bezel, so the screws are retained and the 32 baguette-cut diamonds are placed between them. With roughly 3.04 carats of stones total, you get the increased luxury look of diamonds without interfering with the masculinity (or distinction) of the core Royal Oak design.

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Inside the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin is the in-house made Audemars Piguet calibre 2924 manually-wound movement. While the movement does require hand-winding, it does have a power reserve indicator placed on the rear of the movement, and it offers 70 hours of power reserve operating at 3Hz (21,600 bph). Produced from 216 parts, the calibre 2924 is just 4.46mm thick.

Iconic, stately, undeniably super high-end, and also actually somewhat edgy, the UK exact fake Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin 41mm watches in platinum will not be adored by all for their unapologetic lavishness, but if you are in the bracket of people who can afford them and have the personality to pull them off, this is among the few more conservative watches at this price point that can actually get you a “cool” compliment. Price is $178,600 without diamonds and $213,800 with diamonds.

Cheap Replica Audemars Piguet Historian Explains The Royal Oak Concept Laptimer Michael Schumacher

As we recover from the surprise launch of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Laptimer Michael Schumacher, in-house Historian Michael Friedman explained the historical significance of the new release by retracing the brand’s early deadbeat seconds in his latest article: Every second counts

In October of 2014, the Audemars Piguet Heritage Department published Stopping Time: The replica Vintage Audemars Piguet Chronograph, an article that shared our research regarding the technical attributes, design aesthetics and rarity of the firm’s exceptional chronograph wristwatches produced between 1930 and 1950. For this article, we plan on stepping back further into the past by exploring a few unusual chronograph pocket watches made during the first 25 years of Audemars Piguet’s history.

Historical dialogues and narratives occasionally shift course as new discoveries are made. This has certainly been the case with the history of chronograph watches in recent years. In 2012, Christie’s Geneva sold a time measurement device made by Louis Moinet circa 1820 with a distinct start, stop and reset function that many global Horological experts have now determined to be the earliest known chronograph. This device, which also has a phenomenal frequency of 30 Hz, was created as a precision timing tool for astronomical observations.

By the early 1800s, clocks and watches had already had a long history of being inextricably linked to scientific observation and advancement. Prior to the invention of the chronograph, precision clocks and watches were developed and utilized to accurately measure and display the passage of time, especially in the fields of navigation, astronomical observation and surveying – John Harrison and his pioneering Longitude timepieces made from the 1730s – 1760s epitomizes this relationship and relevance.

Clocks with precision escapements and deadbeat seconds displays by leading English makers were increasing in production and use by the end of the first quarter of the 18th century and watches with deadbeat seconds and jumping 1/4ths and 1/5ths fractional second displays were being made by the last quarter of the 18th century – these devices can certainly be viewed through the lens of chronograph ancestry as their purpose was to measure and display elapsed time as accurately as possible in specific contexts.

As the 19th century progressed, the functions of jumping fractional seconds, and to a lesser extent, deadbeat seconds, would eventually and occasionally be incorporated into watches with chronograph and split second chronograph complications, including examples made by celebrated watchmaker, Louis Audemars, great uncle of Jules Audemars, and by Audemars Piguet beginning in 1875.

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Circa 1875. Jules Louis Audemars’ school watch (Inv. 8)

Jules Louis Audemars’ school watch was completed in its first incarnation prior to the origins of Audemars Piguet in 1875 and transformed in the workshops over the following two decades. It is a poignant demonstration of his exceptional watchmaking talents even at a young age. The complicated masterpiece combines perpetual calendar with a quarter repeating mechanism and includes the rarely seen independent deadbeat seconds function. The deadbeat seconds is displayed by a central hand that distinctly stops or ticks at each seconds’ indicator before precisely jumping to the next position – 60 jumps per minute. By comparison, most mechanical watches have a small seconds (i.e. subsidiary seconds) or center seconds that is continuously sweeping around the dial.

Jules’ school watch is cased in 18K pink gold and the dial is made of white enamel, featuring Roman hour numerals, outer seconds track and Arabic five-minute divisions all in black. The large 20’’’ movement requires not one, but two spring barrels. The deadbeat seconds consumes such a large amount of energy, hence the need for a dedicated spring barrel and gear train.

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Sold in 1889. Split second chronograph with jumping seconds pocket watch (Inv. 18)

Audemars Piguet crafted No. 3316, an exemplary replica Audemars Piguet 18K yellow gold hunter case watch with 19’’’ movement in the mid-1880s. In addition to the split second chronograph mechanism, the watch also precisely measures and clearly indicates each quarter of a second by means of the jumping 1/4ths of a second, displayed by the subsidiary dial at the 6 o’clock position. The jumping 1/4ths makes one complete revolution per second, thereby allowing the user to not only time events to the second, but to the precise quarter of a second. The subsidiary dial at the 12 o’clock position is a 30 minute counter, measuring the overall elapsed time of an event or race lasting between one and thirty minutes. By this time in history, the split second chronograph was widely used, particularly in the sport of horse racing.

Like the deadbeat seconds watch, jumping fractional seconds consumes such a large amount of energy that they need their own dedicated spring barrel. Watches with jumping fractional seconds are sometimes referred to either diablotine, a French term meaning devilish, or to foudroyante, a French term meaning lightning, due to the incredibly rapid movement of the jumping hand.

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Sold in 1890. Split second chronograph pocket watch (Inv. 25)

Produced in the late 1880s and sold in 1890, No. 3824 is a double complication, featuring both split second chronograph and minute repeater. It is important to note that complications were the focal point of luxury fake Audemars Piguet watches from the origins of the company. For example, between 1882 and 1892, approximately 80% of all watches made by Audemars Piguet included at least one complication.

This watch has an 18K pink gold case and white enamel dial with slender black Roman numerals; outer seconds track in black and Arabic five-minute divisions in red. What makes this watch unusual and important is that it includes a security device for the chronograph functions. This device increases the stability of the mechanism by reducing recoil and unwanted motion in the gears and hands when the chronograph is first activated.

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1899. Central instant minute counter chronograph pocket watch (Inv. 57)

While subsidiary dials or counters are the traditional way to indicate how many minutes have passed since a chronograph mechanism was activated, there are other less conventional ways of doing so. No. 6225, made in 1899, features an unusual system for indicating the elapsed time of the chronograph.

Upon careful inspection, one will see there are actually four hands attached to the center axis. The first two are the hour and minute hands. The third is the chronograph hand. The fourth hand is where things get interesting: it is this hand that is recording how many minutes have passed since the chronograph was activated, permitting the user to easily record the time duration of an event or race up to 60 minutes. This is referred to as a central instant minute counter.

The dial is made of white enamel with Roman numerals, outer seconds track and Arabic five-minute divisions all in black. There is a subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock indicating the seconds. The movement is a large 20’’’ calibre and is housed in an 18K yellow gold hunter case.

Audemars Piguet’s pursuit of developing and crafting cutting edge chronograph watches is an on-going endeavor that is echoed throughout the entire history of the company: from the chronograph pocket watches that date to the origins of the company, to the first single button chronograph wristwatches produced by sale replica Audemars Piguet watches in the early 1930s, to the exceptional and highly collectible chronograph wristwatches made during the mid-20th century, to the charismatic automatic chronographs of the 1980s, to the release of the Royal Oak Offshore (“The Beast”) in 1993, and to the meticulously executed contemporary Haute Horlogerie chronographs of the 21st century.