Racing legend Michael Schumacher has been an Audemars Piguet brand ambassador since 2010. 2 years later the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Michael Schumacher was launched.
Recently, Audemars Piguet announced their second partnership between the two known as the Royal Oak Concept Lap Timer Michael Schumacher. From the get go Michael Schumacher clearly voiced that he did not want to develop a watch to use while in the cockpit of a race car, but one which would enable him to time laps accurately from track side when, for example, he was mentoring young drivers or advising on how a car’s performance might be improved.It was a horological challenge that had never before been met in a mechanical watch, and one that was inspired by motor racing’s very specific requirement to be able to time and compare multiple, consecutive laps – a task which has traditionally been carried out using a bank of two or more stop watches arranged in series.
Now 5 years later Audemars Piguet has accomplished this nearly impossible task with the launch of this new timepiece as well as honoring and paying homage to the greatest F1 driver of all time! The NEW Royal Oak Concept Laptimer Michael Schumacher is the world’s first luxury watch to feature two angular indexing systems on a single chronograph, each with an independent ‘memory’.
The case is constructed in forged carbon, measures 44mm. It has a curved glareproofed sapphire crystal, a titanium caseback with glareproofed sapphire crystal, a titanium bezel, black ceramic and 18kt rose gold screw-locked crown,a black ceramic and 18kt rose gold pushpieces, black ceramic Laptimer pushpiece with MS logo, titanium pushpieces guards. It is water resistant to 50 meters.
The movement is the Swiss hand-wind Audemars Piguet in-house caliber 2923 with 34 jewels, 28,800 vph and ap ower reserve of 80 hours.. It has double central second hands, flyback, 30 minutes counter, small seconds, hours and minutes. Finishing and decoration: Maillechort mainplate and central bridge, circular grained and blackened, blackened titanium upper-bridge, blackened balance-wheel bridge, black polished steel column-wheels, linear-grained and sandblasted steel levers, linear-grained steel springs and bevelled and linear-grained bridges.
It has an openworked black dial, 30 minutes counter at 3 o’clock, white gold Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, black inner bezel and comes on a black rubber strap with titanium AP folding clasp. This watch is limited to 221 pieces for the world and pays respect to number of Michael Schumacher’s points winning races .