This exercise, which calls for years of experience, consists in using a file to cut down the edges of components and in polishing them with a slightly curved burnisher, so as to highlight the rim by enabling the light to play across the bevels.Finishes such as bevelling, recesses, sinks and sandblasting call for countless hours of fine craftsmanship and incredible dexterity, in a process amounting to around one-third of the price of the movement. These finishes serve historically functional purpose, by protecting the movement against dust and humidity, and thus any risk of oxidation. Nonetheless, these finishes and decorations will only effectively magnify the beauty of the mechanism if the technique involved in this art is fully mastered. Among the techniques used to make this movement visually appealing, bevelling is undoubtedly the most highly appreciated manual technique, as well as that which requires the greatest accuracy.
This exceptional Calibre 2885 (equipped with a minute repeater on two gongs, perpetual calendar and split-second chronograph) is a concentrated blend of the most amazing mechanical developments ever produced by watchmakers.As the ultimate sports watch, the Royal Oak Offshore consolidates and confirms its iconic nature by hosting for the very first time a Grande Complication movement.
Above and beyond the renewed expression of this recognised expertise in the field of horological complications, the Manufacture from Le Brassus is innovating in 2013 within the audemars piguet royal oak offshore replica collection by introducing two new models featuring an all-ceramic case middle and bezel : the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph, and the Royal Oak Offshore Diver. These instruments clearly cut out for action have been designed to stand up to external factors and to afford their wearers the rare experience of defying time itself.
In concrete terms, in addition to showing legal or civil time, this 44 mm-diameter masculine watch is thus also equipped with a minute repeater mechanism, a rare complication enabling it to sound the hours, quarters and minutes on demand. Moreover, it houses a perpetual calendar complication which, as its name implies, ensures a perpetual display of the calendar information as well as lunar cycles. Its traditional mechanical selfwinding movement combines minute repeater, split-second chronograph and perpetual calendar functions.The mechanical selfwinding heart of the Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication comprises three advanced functions, forming what is considered in the industry as the basis of a Grande Complication movement.
To honour the history of the company, audemars piguet replica watches watchmakers have also chosen to unveil a more classic watch in the Tradition collection, combining chronograph, tourbillon and minute repeater functions.This time-measuring instrument with its intensely modern lines is not the only exceptional model presented at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie by the Manufacture Audemars Piguet, which has produced a large number of rare and prestigious complex horological mechanisms since its creation.