Five years ago Michael Schumacher approached Audemars Piguet about the possibility of building a motorsport-specific watch capable of measuring and recording an extended series of consecutive lap times.
It was an engineering feat that had never been accomplished in a mechanical time piece and five years later the company presents just that, a new Royal Oak that is the first to feature two angular indexing systems on a single chronograph, both with their own independent memory.
Specifically the movement is a hand-wound Manufacture calibre 2923 with a laptimer chronograph featuring double central second hands, flyback, 30 minute counter, small seconds, hours, and minutes. It is comprised of 413 components and has a minimum power reserve of 80 hours.
The case housing the movement is just as impressive. 44mm of forged carbon with a face of anti-reflective curved sapphire and a titanium caseback, titanium bezel, and 18-ct rose gold and black ceramic crown and pushpieces. The strap is black rubber with a titanium clasp. The watch is limited to 221 pieces.
$229,500, available at audemarspiguet.com