This numbered series of 20 Tradition d’Excellence Cabinet N°5 models, all with platinum cases, is part of the 2006 Millenary collection, created by Audemars Piguet. These watches have been included not only because of the perpetual calendar and the “dead seconds” (the hand moves forward in one-second jumps and can be stopped without interference with the watch mechanism), but also for the use of an innovative escapement. Its development is a revolution in mechanical watchmaking, as this important regulatory device works on a direct impulse (energy is transmitted directly from the escapement to the balance wheel without the use of the anchor and, therefore, without any energy loss) and does not need lubrication.
CASE: platinum, oval shape, sapphire crystal back showing the mechanism.
DIAL: showing the mechanism, hour dial with applied Arabic numerals and blue skeleton hands.
MOVEMENT: manual winding movement, 323 components, 42 jewels, power reserve of 168 hours.
FUNCTIONS: hours, minutes, dead seconds, power reserve, perpetual calendar.
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