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Introducing: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Minute Repeater Supersonnerie Watch

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Minute Repeater SupersonnerieMost watchmakers capable of creating a chiming watch like to show the complication off. You can’t blame them really. Audemars Piguet however have taken a different approach, building arguably their most wearable version to date with the Royal Oak Minute Repeater Supersonnerie.

The Supersonnerie originally came out back in 2014 as a concept, with the groundbreaking chiming complication that’s somehow louder on the wrist than off. The gongs are mounted on a soundboard that is covered with a partially open back, creating an unusually loud and crystal-clear sound.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Minute Repeater Supersonnerie

The concept was a cool watch – most concepts are – and was striking in more ways than one. It just wasn’t all that wearable, meant more as a statement of intent than a proper part of the collection.

Now though, Audemars Piguet has built the Supersonnerie into what is otherwise a straightforward Royal Oak case, complete with its signature Grande Tappisserie dial, making it catnip to AP collectors.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Minute Repeater Supersonnerie

It’s actually available in two versions: a titanium edition with a matching bracelet and blue dial or a platinum edition with a black dial and alligator strap. Both are powered by the AP Caliber 2959 with its 72-hour power reserve and both are limited to just 20 pieces.

Perhaps more unusually though, they’re exclusively available through Yoshida rather than from Audemars Piguet directly. With a grand total of 40 watches, you can be sure the Japanese retailer won’t be hanging onto them for all that long.

Price & Specs:

Model Name: Audemars Piguet  Royal Oak Minute Repeater Supersonnerie
Ref: 26591TI.OO.1252TI.01 (titanium); 26591PT.OO.D002CR.01 (platinum)
Case/Dial: 42mm diameter x 14mm thickness, titanium or platinum
Water Resistance: 20m (2 bar)
Movement: AP Caliber 2959, manual winding
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 72h (3 days)
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, minute repeater
Strap: Titanium bracelet with additional blue alligator strap (titanium version); black alligator strap (platinum version)
Price: TBC, each version is limited to 20 pieces

More details at audemarspiguet.com

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Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.