Earlier this season we visited the Audemars Piguet boutique in New York City. While the full story, including our interview with Xavier Nolot, CEO of Audemars Piguet North America, will appear in the next issue of Haute Time magazine, we’re bringing you a sneak peek at some amazing pieces master watchmaker Giulio Papi showed us during our visit.
Papi, who is the founder and technical director of APRP (Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi), was the perfect guide to show us these incredible Audemars Piguet creations, including the Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon that will be presented at the 2014 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie.
Royal Oak GMT Concept Tourbillon
This hand-wound tourbillon watch is housed in a 44mm titanium case with a black ceramic bezel and black rubber strap with titanium AP folding clasp. The openworked dial features white gold Royal Oak hands, and boasts GMT function, second time-zone indicator at 3 o’clock, crown position indicator at 6 o’clock, and a tourbillon at 9 o’clock.
Minute Repeater Tourbillon Chronograph
This hand-wound minute repeater is housed in a 47mm titanium case, with an 18K white gold crown, bezel, pushpieces and caseback. The silvered opaline dial features pink gold applied Arabic numerals and hands, as well as a tourbillon and small seconds.
Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication
This selfwinding watch is housed in a 44mm 18K pink gold case with a black ceramic bezel, white ceramic crown and white rubber strap. The sapphire dial features white counters, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, as well as a light silver-toned inner bezel ring. This piece boasts a perpetual calendar indicating the day, the date, the week, the moon phases, the month and the leap years, minute repeater, split-seconds chronograph and small seconds.
Royal Oak Openworked Extra-Thin Tourbillon
One of the thinnest tourbillon movements on the market, this piece is housed in a 41mm 950 platinum case with glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, and a 950 platinum bracelet. The openworked slate grey dial features white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, as well as a tourbillon at 6 o’clock. The power reserve is indicated on the back side.
Jules Audemars Chronometer With Audemars Piguet Escapement
This hand-wound chronometer is housed in a 46mm 18K pink gold case with a brown strap. The black enamel dial features black lacquered gold small seconds counter, white printed numerals, pink gold hands, small seconds at 6 o’clock and power-reserve indication, high frequency movement (43,200 vibrations per hour) with Audemars Piguet escapement and double balance spring.
Photo credit: Donnelly Marks Photography for Haute Time.