2016-goers were the first to see the self-proclaimed "force of nature" of a ladies watch that is the replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked. It's certainly living up to that proclamation, with an impressive 4,635 brilliant-cut diamonds in the case and bracelet, plus another 206 brilliant cut diamonds on the dial alone. Not to mention, this piece is simply a beauty with its sharp angular design and refusal to accept that ladies watches have to be reserved or demure.
When I debuted this new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked collection with its novel in-house made caliber 3132 automatic movement, I did not have one very crucial piece of information. Here, we get what is arguably among the more simple chronograph dials across the entire replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked collection. That information was just how much more accurate the "Doublebalance" concept that Audemars Piguet developed to increase the stability of the regulation system's performance actually is. As a timepiece maker it is a fascinating company that has done a lot and gained a laudable amount of popularity for a high-end exclusive watch maker.
Audemars Piguet was looking for a way to decrease the accuracy-reducing effects of a balance wheel's natural tendency to shift its performance based on a range of variables. That means the subsidiary dials are totally intact as well as the hour markers and minute scale.
thus getting back to the point, the brand claims that the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked watch's calibre 3132 movement is 30% more accurate than similar movements without the system. They "average each other out" (thus to speak) with the notion that the occasional errors of one will be compensated by the more "true" operation of the other.
That is a not an insignificant performance boost, and lovers of accuracy (and Royal Oaks) will likely flock to this stunning concept. Of course, Audemars Piguet could have just hidden this new system in the case of a watch or made it merely visible through the case back, however they went "full skeleton," showing off their new movement with pride and style.
A central rod (pinion) connects the balance wheels with hairspring structures. The calibre 3132 automatic movement operates at 3Hz (21,600 bph) with a power reserve of 45 hours. The 245-part movement is debuted in a stunning "openworked" form complete with a showy pink gold balance bridge. The result is stunning, and one can easily forgive the minor reduction in legibility as compared to solid-dial Royal Oak watches. The movement's novel concept is all about a "two-sided" balance wheel structure. These two balance wheels are connected, however technically operate independently. In severalways, it operates like most other movements, however with a more stable (translated into accuracy over time) regulation system.The balance wheels are actually quite close to one another, thus that if you were to look at the movement operating and not know what to look for, you might easily miss then entire special notion of the 3132.
With that said, there is a fully in-tact scale of applied pink gold hour markers and matching hands. Audemars Piguet performs their typical high level of decoration and finishing of the skeletonized movement. Furthermore, even though there isn't an official power reserve indicator, the mainspring barrel is skeletonized, which offers a sort of a crude power reserve indication system by allowing one to see how tightly wound the spring is.
The 44mm-wide 950 platinum case of the Audemars Piguet replica is matched with a blue and pink-gold-accented dial and matching blue alligator strap (with platinum folding deploy-ant). It is a bit of a theme for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak to mix steel or platinum and pink gold (on the dial) for replica watches this year in 2016 - a design decision I take no issue with. I am not sure, however it as well looks like in addition to the pink gold hands and hour markers, the skeletonized movement bridges might be in 18k pink gold as well.