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Years after introducing the first Michael Schumacher inspired Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph, which has been one of the most commercially successful timepieces made by Audemars Piguet, here’s one more; introducing the: “Royal Oak Laptimer Michael Schumacher” This will be the second time their brand has the honor to celebrate the exceptional career of Formula One pilot, Michael Schumacher.

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44m Forged Carbon Case with Glareproofed Sapphire Crystal * Image courtesy of: Audemars Piguet

The racer is still in recovery after suffering a dreadful skiing accident during a family vacation. This happened back in December of 2013; and after months in an induced coma, he has returned to his family home in Geneva, still bound to a wheel-chair, unfortunately, though wishfully thinking  endures for a recovery.

This is the first time that Audemars Piguet has actually developed a new movement in a watch, for one of its ambassadors. The all new caliber 2923, holding 34 jewels took over 5 years to come to fruition and features a: 44mm case forged in carbon, with titanium bezel, case edges and caseback. As well as, no less than: 3 push-pieces made out of ceramic and pink gold.

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Brand New Caliber 2923, holding 34 Jewels * Image courtesy of: Audemars Piguet

It all began back in 2010, when Michael Schumacher asked the Audemars Piguet manufactures engineers; if it would be possible to create a mechanical wrist watch designed specifically for use in motorsport which would measure and record an extended series of consecutive lap times? And after 5 years it seems like the challenge in form of a dare has been met. And thus, that Audemars Piguet issues the first motorsport watch to feature a complication with two angular indexing systems on a single chronograph, each with an independent memory.

A chronograph is another term for, stopwatch, it measures periods of time. A standard chronograph has a start/stop button and a reset button. Typically chronographs measure seconds using a central second’s hand, while the time-only seconds hand is in a sub-dial. A split-seconds chronograph has the ability to measure two periods of time that start together but end separately. This has always been a fundamental feature for people in racing competitions, be they motorized or not, to keep track of different time records.

This Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak Laptimer Michael Schumacher watch, features three push-pieces which control the two central hands. The first in the 2 o’clock position, starts and stops the chronograph. The second in the 4 o’clock position re-setts the chronograph; and the third at the 9 o’clock position makes it possible to simultaneously stop either two chronograph hands, while returning the other hand to zero and restarting it. This makes it possible for the time of the first lap to be registered, while timing for the next lap is already underway. Eliminating the need for two or more hand-held timers, as this watch can integrate this operation within a single wrist-watch chronograph.

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Three Push-Pieces Control the Two Central Hands * Image courtesy of: Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Laptimer Michael Schumacher

So, this watch can be used as a standard flyback chronograph with both hands running together in parallel. But another option has become available with the, Royal Oak Laptimer Michael Schumacher; which allows for the watch to maintain a certain lap time as a reference, stopping one hand with the lap-timer, and using the flyback function on the other chronograph hand with the pusher at 4 o’clock to restart the measurement of each new lap.

This Royal Oak Laptimer Michael Schumacher, will be available in a limited edition of 221 pieces, in recognition of the point-winning races Michael Schumacher won, in the F1 World Championship.

This is a hard timepiece to find, but feel free to inquire on availability: info@elementintime.com

 

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Royal Oak Laptimer Michael Schumacher, Ref# 26221FT.oo.D002CA.01

MSRP: $229, 500.00 USD

Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak, Schumacher, Luxury Watches

Written by Mauro Az