The thing about vintage Audemars Piguet is that you just don’t see a lot of them. So I have to say perhaps, just perhaps, this is one of the finest vintage AP collections you’ll get to see like this.
SIHH 2015 Sneak Peek…
For 2015 Audemars Piguet is again introducing a “concept watch”, this one focused around acoustic technology, as the name simply indicates. By my quick count this is the sixth such “concept watch” AP has introduced — last year it was the Concept GMT Tourbillon in white ceramic (the first Royal Oak Concept Watch debuted in 2002, for the 30th anniversary of the Royal Oak). Audemars Piguet has again opted for a somewhat radical-looking design for the watch (the view through the dial, mainly), though this is not the least bit surprising for a “concept” product (the car industry takes similar approach with concept vehicles) as it is meant to convey the envelope-pushing nature of the watch.
This Audemars Piguet Yellow Gold Triple Calendar Chronograph Moon Phase No 45589 was made in 1941 and sold in 1942. To say that it is a goregous and highly desirable watch would be quite an understatement, in my opinion.
As one of only 286 chronographs made by AP between 1930 and 1950 (see Did You Know? below for more on this), the 45589 is among the rarest and most desirable models that combines the chronograph complication with complete calendar and phases of the moon. Read the rest of this entry »
I was convinced of the potential of this unusual, distinctly oval form.”
-Audemars Piguet Artistic Diretor Octavio Garcia
The oval shape of AP’s Millenary design allows for a unique sort of three-dimensional depth such as that found in great architecture, one might suggest. And indeed, the pure form of the Millenary — a simple oval — drew inspiration from the Coliseum in Rome, according to Garcia. That, and earlier models from AP’s museum collection. Almost all Audemars Piguet Millenary models showcase on the dial side the intricate and hand-finished inner workings of the watch caliber. In the case of this new Millenary Quadriennium, we are treated to not only a very beautiful and distinctive watch, but also one with very practical mechanics.