Category: Audemars Piguet

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Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak series is one of the most recognisable in the world. Its bold octagonal face has as many incarnations as it does admirers, and in this year’s SIHH show it added several new faces to its line up which show a true sense of innovation from one of the world’s leading watch brands.
Launched in 1993, the larger, sportier Royal Oak Offshore celebrates its 20th anniversary this season, and to mark the event, Audemars Piguet has established the Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication – a stunning timepiece that combines three”classic” complications: a split-seconds chronograph, a minute repeater and a perpetual calendar. Audemars Piguet has been producing high complications since 1882, but that is the first time that the Royal Oak Offshore was graced with a Grande Complication. The motion – created and constructed entirely by hand in the house’s ateliers – is the Calibre 2885, that includes an impressive 648 parts, visible through the facial skin and via the sapphire glass caseback window. A conventional movement in a daring, confident human anatomy, this highly limited timepiece is available in either pink gold or titanium, with only 3 pieces being made in each finish.

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Several other Royal Oak Offshore models also made their debut at the SIHH 2013: the Chronograph along with the Diver. The Chronograph 44mm is a first for this particular collection, the only Offshore to feature an all-ceramic case and bezel in a brushed-satin finish. Pairing a ceramic construct together with all the Royal Oak Offshore gives it a strong – and highly durable – aesthetic. Ceramic is far harder than steel, and it would take the hardness of a diamond to sully its surface. The Diver 42mm is also fitted with a black ceramic case and bezel, plus easy-grip crowns for sub-aquatic use. To improve underwater readability, a luminescent orange hand was fitted over its black dial, which bears the traditional’Méga Tapisserie’ design. This matches with the zone between 12 and 3 o’clock on the rotating inner bezel ring. Designed for that discerning of Audemars Piguet watches admirers, it’s motivated by a 1920s cushion-shaped pocket-watch from the brand’s private museum. As moment repeaters go, its has the excess benefit on its rivals – very literally. The harmonious balance of light and hard materials contained inside the 47mm titanium case gives the ultimate acoustic performance. This hand-wound second repeater view, with tourbillon, chronograph and tiny seconds at 6 o’clock, will be generated in two 10-piece limited editions, one in pink and white gold, another in titanium and white gold.

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Audemars Piguet

It was a classic example of having too much effort and never enough time to take action that resulted in Jules-Louis Audemars teaming up with Edward Piguet. Audemars hired Piguet to deal with increased demand for his exceptionally complicated watches, a passion Piguet shared.
The two became friends and, in 1875, created their own brand in Le Brassus, where Audemars Piguet remains now producing about 40,000 watches a year. Complicated watches are still a speciality, thanks in part to getting renowned movement makers Renaud et Papi as an AP subsidiary, however, the brand is best known for kickstarting the luxury steel watch trend with the launch, in 1972, of the Gerald Genta-designed Royal Oak.
There are other iterations, such as the Royal Oak Offshore, and models featuring perpetual calendars and chronograph functions but the straight-up two-hand Royal Oak remains Audemars Piguet’s legendary calling card.
Rolex

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The best-known luxury watch brand in the world was started in 1905 by Hans Wilsdorf while he was living in London. Apparently, the title comes from a suggestion from a Hispanic employee that they call that the new trademark Relex which was an abbreviation of”relojes excellentes”. Relex didn’t cut it so Wilsdorf altered the”e” to an”o” and history was made.
As well as producing around 2,000 watches each day, Rolex is a new firsts.
It’s made a reputation for making highly desired, watches that were exceptionally pliable. No wonder that a gold Rolex can supposedly be used as currency anywhere in the world.

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Despite appearances, the present incarnation of Lange & Sohne has just been making watches since 1994 as it established the Lange 1. There was a pre-war company in Glashutte but that was nationalised by the postwar Soviet administration. He refused and set up Lange 2.0 down the road.
Lange is renowned for the complexity and end of its movements. Every version is mechanical, with motions made from a metal called German silver and a hand-engraved balance cock. It’s also famous for its outsize numerals of its date indicator, a style it translated into jumping hours for its 2014 Zeitwerk, and for positioning the screens on the dial based on the principles of the golden ratio (approximately equal to some 1:1.61 ratio).
This can be precision German watchmaking at its best.