Besides a legendary racing career, another piece of Michael Schumacher’s legacy will be in the form of a luxury watch.
Prior to Schumacher’s skiing accident in 2013 that nearly took his life, the Formula 1 champion teamed up with luxury timepiece maker Audemars Piguet to create the limited edition Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Laptimer. The watch boasts a unique function that was requested by Schumacher himself.
According to the watch maker, Schumacher asked the company in 2010 to create a mechanical watch with a chronograph that could independently time two events concurrently. In other words, the watch is capable of tracking two different lap times simultaneously, but the second time can only be measured once the first one has begun and is limited to 60 seconds. The user can also start and top either of the two chronograph hands separately.
According to Audemars Piguet, this is a first for the watch industry and is a complication it has been working on since 2010. As an honor to Schumacher, Audemars Piguet has placed his signature logo on the left side of the watch.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Laptimer will be limited to just 221 units and is priced at $229,500.