The highly skilled artisans uphold the passion for watchmaking, so that Audemars Piguet, which is still under the control of the founder’s family, has always maintained the fine tradition at the beginning of its creation, making experienced watch collectors and Watch enthusiasts appreciate endless complications.
This year, in order to highlight its tradition of pursuing top-notch watchmaking skills, the Audemars Piguet watch factory in Brassus finds inspiration from a ‘cushion-shaped’ pocket watch that is now displayed in the brand museum and produced in the 1920s. A watch with complex functions.
As a result, the traditional series of three minute tourbillon chronographs came into being, made of two different exquisite materials: rose gold / platinum and titanium, each limited to 10 pieces.
The rose gold / platinum case is crafted from rose gold with a white gold bezel, with a smoked dial, rose gold hour markers and hands. The original design gives the watch its timeless character.
Titanium alloy with titanium alloy bezel and platinum bezel, to give the wearer the best minute repeater sound quality. Little known is that the quality of a watch’s tone transmission depends to a large extent on the metal used and the size of its case. The larger the case, the lighter and stronger the material used, and the longer the sound waves it emits. Therefore, this watch is equipped with a titanium alloy case with a diameter of 47 mm, which maximizes the volume of the minute repeater and brings the most pleasant listening pleasure to watch lovers. This unique timepiece not only has an original design, but also carries a high-performance movement that combines the popular complications-tourbillon and minute repeater-with the addition of a chronograph function To make it better and more precious.
Traditional series three minute tourbillon chronograph with a beautifully curved case, equipped with a hand-wound movement of 13¼ centimeters (ie 29.90 mm). Its thickness is 7.65 mm and it consists of 504 components. The bottom cover can peep at some mechanical parts and
Components. It is worth mentioning that through the hollow dial, the tourbillon composed of 83 parts can perform an elegant round dance with its balance wheel (21,600 vibrations / hour), one designed to improve the accuracy of the watch The governor, which weighs only 0.4 grams, rotates during the operation, allowing the wearer to appreciate the magical charm of this dream timepiece.
This extraordinary watch is hand-crafted according to the strictest standards in the fine watchmaking industry at present. It adheres to the traditional god, strives for excellence, and carefully builds all parts.
The traditional series of three minute tourbillon chronograph with its unique case design, highlights the magnificent style, equipped with Calibre 2874 manual winding movement, visible components through the case back operation, power reserve for 48 hours. This watch is available in rose gold and titanium / platinum, rose gold with a crocodile leather strap and rose gold folding buckle, and titanium / platinum with a platinum folding buckle.
• Movement model: Calibre 2874 manual winding movement
• Diameter total length: 29.90 mm (13¼ law minutes)
• Movement thickness: 7.65 mm
• Number of gems: 38
• Number of parts: 504
• Minimum guaranteed power reserve: 48 hours
• Balance frequency: 21,600 times / hour
Case: Titanium case (47mm diameter), anti-glare sapphire crystal, case back, 18K white gold bezel, crown and buttons.
Dial: Frosted silver dial, rose gold applied Arabic numerals and hands.
Bracelet: Hand-sewn large checkered black crocodile leather strap with 18K rose gold AP word folding clasp.
Functions: Tourbillon, chronograph, dual-reed minute repeater, hours, minutes, small seconds.
• Movement equipped with three complex functions
• Column wheel timing device
• 30-minute chronograph
• Manually retouched the bridge and the board
• Hand-polished parts (polishing chamfers, granular grinding on the upper side, and matte polishing on the lower side)
Limited edition of 10 pieces
The result of hundreds of hours of patient work done by a professional watchmaker can be seen through the transparent case back. Chamfering, drilling, tapered holes, spiral patterns and other delicate processes require meticulous long-term fine operation, the cost required is equivalent to about one-third of the total cost of the movement. Among these dazzling movements, the chamfering process is undoubtedly the most praised and the most demanding manual technique for manual operation. This technique requires craftsmen with years of extensive experience, using files to smooth the edges and corners of parts, and using polishing wheels to throw fine lines to highlight the effect of light refraction. In fact, these post-processing processes from ancient times to today have the practical function of preventing dust and moisture from entering the movement. Only in the hands of the watchmaker’s perfect mastery, these finishing and decorative treatments can make the icy metal installations glorious. Audemars Piguet’s master watchmakers have mastered these craftsmanship and have applied them to branded products freely.
In this piece, each component is carefully and carefully processed. Some parts, such as the minute repeater hammer visible through the case back cover, use two advanced and sophisticated post-processing treatments: the first is mirror polishing, and the component is polished to be smooth and nearly ‘blowable’ Then, the chamfering process is performed, including the chamfering of the inner and outer corners, so as to reflect the artist’s superb skills. These special chamfers, which are easy to identify in the components, are like a secretive mark of an artisan, because no machine can create this delicate effect.
Summary: The appearance design of this watch can be said to be very unique. It looks like a square case but has some barrel style. The titanium alloy material used to create the case and crown makes the watch more beautiful. The upper and lower buttons on the side of the case and the crown design retain the original pocket watch design, which is both innovative and traditional.
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