AP escapement
September 28, 2010 Savoir-Faire

Escapement in the spotlight

The Jules Audemars with AP Escapement has received many awards, including the Men’s Watch Prize at the 2009 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie in Geneva. It’s an exceptional timepiece.

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An escapement that runs lubricant-free and ensures excellent efficiency and superior shock-resistance. A balance that oscillates twice as fast as normal with a frequency of 43,200 vibrations per hour (6 hz). All this in a three-dimensional platinum case, designed to highlight finishing and movement decoration inspired by the grand watchmaking tradition.

It’s no surprise that the Jules Audemars with Escapement, more commonly known as the "ChronAP," has been showered with honors. It received the Men’s Watch Prize during the 9th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie in Geneva last November, as well as the Asian Edition Public Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie Asia held in Singapore a month earlier. But its international success doesn’t stop there. Last fall, the timepiece was also named best “Horological Value” at the 3rd Tiempo de Relojes in Mexico and “Best Complicated Watch” in a ceremony organized by VOGUE Spain.

What makes this model so exceptional? “It’s excellent chronometry, its innovative design, and of course the new escapement,” explains Giulio Papi, founder and technical director of APRP (Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi). In addition, this model has a balance that beats twice as fast as normal, which gives the movement enhanced precision. “As for style, we were inspired by the spirit of the marine chronometry typical of the 1980s, while applying a three-dimensional design to the watch face,” explains Papi, without whom this extraordinary timepiece would never have been created.

AP escapment

AP escapment

  • Models with AP escapment

    Millenary MINUTE REPEATER WITH AP ESCAPEMENT

    Hand-wound minute repeater watch with small seconds, Audemars Piguet escapement and double balance-spring. Rose gold case, white enamel dial and black roman numerals.

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    Manufacture Audemars Piguet Calibre 2928

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  • Models with AP escapment

    Jules Audemars AP ESCAPEMENT

    Hand-wound chronometer with small seconds at 6 o'clock and power-reserve indication, high frequency movement (43,200 vibrations per hour) with Audemars Piguet escapement and double balance spring. 18-carat pink gold case, black dial, brown strap.

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    Calibre 2908 Manufacture

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  • Models with AP escapment

    Jules Audemars AP ESCAPEMENT

    Hand-wound chronometer with small seconds at 6 o'clock and power-reserve indication, high frequency movement (43,200 vibrations per hour) with Audemars Piguet escapement and double balance spring. 950 platinum case, white dial, blue strap.

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    Calibre 2908 Manufacture

    Calibre 2908 Manufacture, front
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  • Models with AP escapment

    Millenary MINUTE REPEATER WITH AP ESCAPEMENT

    Hand-wound minute repeater watch with small seconds, Audemars Piguet escapement and double balance-spring. Titanium case, anthracite dial, black strap. Limited edition of 8.

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    Calibre 2910

    Calibre 2910, front
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