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.
Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, is seen in the August 11, 2014 issue of Fortune magazine wearing an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. It appears to be the Audemars Piguet Ref 15300
Ref 15450ST.OO.1256ST.01 in stainless steel. How do you like the watch Jeff?
The entire article is available here: “Lessons from Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn’s Networker-in-Chief” by Adam Lashinsky, July 24, 2014, Fortune.
Jeff Weiner looks right at home with an AP RO on his wrist, much like Nest Labs Founder & CEO Tony Fadell, who I also spotted wearing a Ressence Type 3 (check my article on Fadell’s Ressence here). Interestingly, in both instances it was in a Fortune magazine article authored by Adam Lashinsky (who you can catch on Twitter @AdamLashinsky). Fun times!
Photo: Joe Pugliese for Fortune
1972, the Royal Oak (RO) is introduced. 1993, the Royal Oak Offshore (ROO) is born, followed by its many variants and limited editions which eventually gained a bit of a cult following with AP fans. 2010, an even more dramatic interpretation of the ROO appeared in the form of the first Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph, featuring a hand-wound movement and a case incorporating forged carbon and ceramic. Today, the latest AP ROO Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph is back in forged carbon with the automatic mechanical AP caliber 2897 (the current AP Tourbillon Chronograph offerings are manual wind). The inner tachy scale is a sapphire ring is new, as is the open movement architecture at 1 o’clock, exposed through the “Méga Tapisserie” dial; the chrono subs at 3 and 9 do look a bit small, or is it just me.
Official unveiling at Watches & Wonders 2014 next month (sept/oct) in Hong Kong.