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The Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication

Written by K. Amanuel

 

Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore collection is known for its distinctive design features as well as its large proportions. The watches are functional and aesthetically arresting. In the recent SIHH, Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication, which is the first sport grand complication. Expected to retail for a whopping $741,600, this timepiece comes in a very limited edition of three pieces.

 

 

The Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication comes in an intriguing 44 millimeter diameter and 17.5 millimeter thick case that has a black ceramic bezel, white ceramic crown and pushers. The 18-carat pink gold case has glare-proofed sapphire crystal and case-back, black ceramic bezel, white ceramic crown and push pieces. The piece is water resistant to 20 meters. This open-worked watch allows one to see all the nuances of its mechanics. Featured inside this watch is the AP calibre 2885 and its 648 unique and hand finished parts. According to reports from the company, 860 hours was spent on each watch, as the watchmaker assembled, tested, and disassembled the timepiece in the workshop. The sapphire dial features pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. Finishing off the look of the watch is a beautiful white rubber strap with 18-carat pink gold pin buckle.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication

Technical Specifics of AP Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication:

  • Grande Complication movement

  • Column wheel Chronograph mechanism

  • Repeater’s two gongs are both on the same plane

  • Oscillating weight with ceramic ball bearings

  • Moonphase made with Physical Vapor Deposited metal onto sapphire

  • Oscillating weight can be custom decorated upon customer’s request

  • Manual finishing of the cut out parts (polished bevels, grained finishing on top and Matt “brouillé” finishing underneath)

  • Manual finishing of the bridges (curved polished bevels, satin-brushed edges, Perlage on the recesses)

  • Perpetual calendar, Date, Day, Month, Leap year, Moonphases, Number of the week

  • Split time chronograph, Seconds and split seconds counter, Minutes counter

  • Minute repeater on two gongs

  • Minute repeater, perpetual calendar, split-seconds chronograph, week indication, hours, minutes
  • Total diameter – 14 mm
  • Type of balance: Screwed balance
  • Frequency of balance wheel – 2.75 (=19,800 alternances/hour) Hz
  • Type of balance-spring stud-holder – Mobile stud
  • Balance-spring type – Breguet
  • Direction of automatic winding – Unidirectional
  • Type of oscillating weight – Monobloc in 18-carat gold
  • Number of jewels – 52
  • Power reserve – 45 h
  • Number of parts – 648

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Jaeger Le-Coultre Gets Live for SIHH

The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is the biggest event in the luxury watch industry and now it’s about to get bigger. Jaeger LeCoultre has announced that for the first time ever, if you can’t be in Geneva to attend this event, you can still be part of it by joining Jaeger’s webcast which takes place January 19 at 10:15AM EST.

For fans of luxury watches, this is how you can see in real time the new watches and collections that Jaeger will be unveiling.

It’s hard not to notice that the watch industry, one which has been around for hundreds of years and prides itself on doing things the old-fashioned way (many luxury watches are still hand-assembled) is changing gears and joining the online world. All watch brands now have websites, some undoubtedly better and more interactive than others, Facebook pages, iPhone applications and even Twitter accounts, but this webcast is, I believe, the first of its kind.

If you would like to submit questions for a Q&A session with Stéphane Belmont, Marketing Director for Jaeger, sign up here.

Jaeger- LeCoultre was founded in 1833 by Antoine LeCoultre and is known for producing over 1,000 different calibers and who for years, was the backbone behind brands like Cartier, Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe.

Watch Tags: Audemars Piguet, Cartier, Jaeger Le Coultre, jaeger le coultre watches, jaeger lecoultre watches, Luxury Watches

Audemars Piguet Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Mens Watch

Here is your first glance at the newest addition to the collection of men’s luxury watches by Audemars Piguet. The Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronograph will make its debut at the 2010 SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) industry exhibition in Geneva during January 19 – 23. This watch will be made in a limited editions series of 120 pieces.

This new watch by AP, as the company is known in the industry, shows a mixture of haute horlogerie skills using contemporary new materials. This is perfect example of a cutting-edge watch on many levels, including the following: the entire case is made from forged carbon (as seen already in many of AP’s popular Royal Oak Offshore models) and the highly complex movement is entirely produced by Audemars. The design is three dimensional and gives off a sense of power and military might, yet the watch itself is light weight.

The case of the Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronograph measures 37.40 mm x 32.40 mm. The carbon composite which is used in the case is made by injecting carbon nanofibers at very high pressures and temperature, resulting in a light weight but very stable material. The contrasting look created between the carbon case and the bezel, crown and chronograph push pieces, which are made from shiny black ceramic, is exceptional.

The dial is open allowing the wearer to see the sporty red and white indications. Under these are finely beveled bridges made from eloxed aluminum and blackened steel. This look, along with the contrasting features above are what create the three dimensional illusion.

The caseback is made from blackened titanium and the dial side view allows one to see the “one-minute tourbillon complication, as well as the two parallel-coupled barrels which produce a consistent flow of power to the mechanism for a full 10 days; the status of the reserve is shown via an indicator scale and corresponding hand at the 9 o’clock position.”

Although Audemars Piguet has not released a price ye for this new men’s watch, the company’s press statement says that about two weeks of work go into the assembly of each 2884 caliber, three days of which alone are spent perfecting and completing timing adjustments to the tourbillon regulator and its 80 precisely interacting components of these Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronographs.

The strap is made from hand-sewn crocodile leather and comes with a folding clasp made from blackened titanium and with the initials of AP. The watch is water resistant up to 20 meters.

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Luxury Watches: The Inteligent Choice

Luxury watches have been around for nearly two centuries. The concept of keeping time on one’s wrist was something revolutionary during the 1800s. Before the wrist-watch, the most common time-keeping instrument was a pocket watch. Pocket watches eventually became obsolete as the wrist watch was far more convenient and harder to misplace.

Some of the first luxury watch brands to emerge during the 1800s include TAG Heuer, Omega and Audemars Piguet. The term luxury watch refers to the quality with which the timepiece is hand crafted and the rare materials that are used in the manufacturing phase. By these standards, all watches during the 19th century were “luxury” time pieces.

With the lack of mass production and industrialization there were no cheap knock off watches to purchase. All time-keeping instruments were made by skilled watch makers, who made a life out of crafting small pieces of metal into time-keeping art. Today, the facility with which lower grade quartz watches can be mass produced has given a greater sense of distinction to watches that are made in the traditional manner.

All watches were originally mechanical. The employment of battery and quartz watches did not occur until the 20th century. Mechanical watches function by winding the crown of the watch, which in turn makes the movement unwind and keep time. The development of automatic watches was a great advancement. Automatic watches function brilliantly by having a pendulum inside the movement. The pendulum moves as your wrist does. When it moves it constantly winds itself, a feature that provides self-efficiency. Watches that are made in this manner are more practical, of better quality, more precise and much classier.

Luxury watches today are made the same way they were originally hand crafted more than 200 years ago. Switzerland is the country of origin for most high-end watch manufacturers. The art of watch making finds its roots in this country as well.

Most mass produced wrist-watches are such low-grade quality that they generally don’t last more than a year. Besides being low in quality, they do not keep time with precision. They will most likely lose 1-2 minutes a month, or up to 5 minutes if the watch is exceptionally defective. Besides all these inconveniences, batteries for cheap watches have to be changed at least once a year. Given all these characteristics, it is far more intelligent to purchase a quality time-piece that will last longer, yield a return if purchased as an investment and look like a piece of art on your hand.

Watch Tags: Audemars Piguet, Luxury Watches, Omega, TAG Heuer

Luxury Watches: The Inteligent Choice

Luxury Watch Movement
Luxury Watch Movement

Luxury watches have been around for nearly two centuries. The concept of keeping time on one’s wrist was something revolutionary during the 1800s. Before the wrist-watch, the most common time-keeping instrument was a pocket watch. Pocket watches eventually became obsolete as the wrist watch was far more convenient and harder to misplace. Some of the first luxury watch brands to emerge during the 1800s include Tag Heuer, Omega and Audemars Piguet. The term luxury watch refers to the quality with which the timepiece is hand crafted and the rare materials that are used in the manufacturing phase. By these standards, all watches during the 19th century were “luxury” time pieces.

With the lack of mass production and industrialization there were no cheap knock off watches to purchase. All time-keeping instruments were made by skilled watch makers, who made a life out of crafting small pieces of metal into time-keeping art. Today, the facility with which lower grade quartz watches can be mass produced has given a greater sense of distinction to watches that are made in the traditional manner.

All watches were originally mechanical. The employment of battery and quartz watches did not occur until the 20th century. Mechanical watches function by winding the crown of the watch, which in turn makes the movement unwind and keep time. The development of automatic watches was a great advancement. Automatic watches function brilliantly by having a pendulum inside the movement. The pendulum moves as your wrist does. When it moves it constantly winds itself, a feature that provides self-efficiency. Watches that are made in this manner are more practical, of better quality, more precise and much classier.

Luxury watches today are made the same way they were originally hand crafted more than 200 years ago. Switzerland is the country of origin for most high-end watch manufacturers. The art of watch making finds its roots in this country as well.

Most mass produced wrist-watches are such low-grade quality that they generally don’t last more than a year. Besides being low in quality, they do not keep time with precision. They will most likely lose 1-2 minutes a month, or up to 5 minutes if the watch is exceptionally defective. Besides all these inconveniences, batteries for cheap watches have to be changed at least once a year. Given all these characteristics, it is far more intelligent to purchase a quality time-piece that will last longer, yield a return if purchased as an investment and look like a piece of art on your hand.

Watch Tags: Audemars Piguet, Expensive Watches, Luxury Watches, Omega, TAG Heuer

Luxury Watch Timepiece Trends 2009: Blasts from the Past

luxury-watch-timepieces-traditionsMakers of premium watches really know how to pay their dues to their traditions. And what better way to pay homage to classic watch designs than to release new watches based on the old ones? Here are three commemorative timepieces that were adapted from classic designs, only more modern, advanced and expensive.

A Twenties Timepiece

The first of the three watches is a design straight out of the Roaring Twenties: the Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921. It hearkens back to a time when cars were still a fairly new invention, and the ‘modern’ aesthetic was very different from the one we have today.

It owes its distinctive cushion shape – the square with its sides bulging slightly outward – and its unusual orientation to its time context. This design was one of the first to be called a ‘driver’s watch,’ a timepiece designed specifically for automobile drivers. Tilting the whole thing to 1 o’clock allowed drivers to tell time with both hands on the wheel.

watch-brands-blast-from-the-pastFaithful to Tradition

The commemorative collection from prestigious Audemars Piguet is, unsurprisingly, named Tradition. This same collection got quite a few updates at SIHH 2009, most notably the Tradition Perpetual Calendar Minute Repeater.

Like the Vacheron Constantin tribute, this Audemars Piguet watch commemorates one of their earlier designs – a pocket watch with the same cushion shape from 1923. Cushion contours were apparently a big thing back in the 1920’s, and big names like AP seem to be making it just as big a trend almost a century later.

A Vintage Haul

Even high-end watch companies usually limit their commemorative releases to just one or two models. Schaffhausen, Switzerland-based International Watch Company, more popularly IWC, releases not just one or two but six updates to some of their oldest and most timeless designs. Going in chronological order, they revived

  • The Special Pilot’s Watch, a design first released in 1936;
  • The Portuguese, whose first incarnation debuted in 1939;
  • The Ingenieur, a watch dating all the way back to 1955;
  • The Aquatimer, a popular creation from 1967;
  • The Da Vinci, first released in 1969; and
  • The Portofino, an iconic design from 1984watches-2009-timepieces

It’s no wonder that IWC should revive those six designs in particular. They were some of the company’s most popular models, and each one helped cement IWC’s reputation as a purveyor of high-end timepieces.

Even if 2009 marks some of the most modern advances in timekeeping technology, it’s also a great year for combining horology and history.

Watch Tags: Audemars Piguet, vacheron constantin historiques american 1921, watch