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Quantieme Perpetuel Millenary with deadbeat seconds power reserve indication

Research on the escapement mechanism has always fascinated watchmakers. Audemars Piguet has made a major contribution to this field by drawing inspiration from the discoveries made by Robin in 1791 and using them to create a new direct impulse escapement system. Alongside the purely innovative aspect of this sophisticated mechanism, it also significantly improves the performances of the watches it drives. Its numerous advantages include the fact that the direct impulse escapement enables one to do without lubrication and thus to facilitate maintenance. Since an impulse corresponds to two vibrations, the rating disturbances are reduced accordingly. Moreover, with an energy transmission going directly from the escapement to the balance, without an intermediate pallet-lever, the loss of energy is far less substantial. Moreover, shock-resistance is also guaranteed, as well as stability and enhanced timekeeping. In this Millenary model, Audemars Piguet combines this escapement system with a linear read-off perpetual calendar that features an original layout: date display around the rim of the hour/minute dial, abridged name of the month in an aperture above 12 oclock, and day indication at 6 oclock. An off-centred dial at 7 oclock shows the deadbeat seconds, which may be stopped without disturbing the rest of the mechanism.
Watch type: Complicated Mechanical
Watch year: 2006

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