Jules Audemars Selfwinding Chronograph- Classic and Contemporary

Nov 06, 2008
The eminent Audemars Piguet classic collection has been joined by a new timepiece - the Jules Audemars self-winding chronograph. The timepiece has successfully blended classic and contemporary aesthetics. The very first selfwinding chronograph to enter the Jules Audemars collection accommodates an exclusive state-of-the-art Audemars Piguet movement - AP 3124/3841Caliber.

The dial design of the Jules Audemars selfwinding Chronograph watch is inspired by the 1920s, making one feel its discreetly vintage spirit. Yet, the dial catches attention by a range of casual and chic touches.

The dial fascinates by its infinite subtlety and elegance. It has been designed to offer optimal readability:

  • The elegant hour and minute hands are leaf-shaped.

  • The chronograph seconds hand features a hollowed counterweight.

  • The black transferred Arabic numerals are elegantly legible.

  • The minute track has red indications, being surrounded by a tachometric scale.

  • The small seconds counter and the 30-minute counter are horizontally aligned.

The Audemars Piguet watch has been created in two versions - an 18K pink gold case with a white lacquered dial coupled with a brown square-scaled crocodile leather strap, and an 18K white gold case and an eggshell-colored lacquered dial presented with a black square-scaled crocodile leather strap. The second model is destined at fans of retro style. The case of the watch measures 41 mm in diameter and is 30-meter water-resistant. The straps are fitted with a gold AP folding clasp.

The selfwinding movement comprises 400 parts and 59 jewels. The mechanism, beating at 21,600 vibrations per hour, gives an advantage of a 60-hour power reserve. All parts of the movement are decorated by hand, with the rhodium-plated, bevelled, and circular-grained mainplate, and Cotes-de-Geneve-decorated bridges.

The sapphire crystal case-back gives a nice chance to admire the beauty of the movement and the finishing, with the meticulous care paid to the gold oscillating weight, featuring the family crests of the Audemars Piguet family.

The Jules Audemars selfwinding chronograph has been created as an expressive symbol of time regained, paying tribute to one of the most popular watch complications. The first chronographs incorporated a hand that put a drop of ink on the dial, offering a material indication of the measured time. Some time later, courageous drivers and bold sportsmen started to use chronographs as vital instruments for measuring their feats.

Nowadays, the chronograph watch is not simply a valuable professional tool, it is a fine way of appreciating each second of the time we have at our disposal. This complicated function is a clear expression of sporting excellence, along with passion and precision.


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