For Audemars Piguet fans, the brand has just released the ultimate tribute to 20th century complicated wristwatches!
May 13, 2018
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The Quartz crisis included

This is a brand that has literally written the rule book on complications, starting with the world’s first minute repeating wristwatch back in 1892.

Now Haute Horlogerie watchmaker Audemars Piguet have announces their first ever book dedicated entirely to the history of the manufacturers complicated wristwatches, following 4 years of archival research and writing on the part of the Heritage Department.

From the world’s first minute repeating wristwatch crafted in 1892 until the revival of complications in the late 1970s, Audemars Piguet produced a grand total of only 550 complicated wristwatches, of which no two are identical: 35 minute repeaters, 188 calendar wristwatches, 307 chronograph wristwatches and 20 double complication wristwatches featuring both calendar and chronograph. The entire story of Audemars Piguet’s complicated wristwatches is shared for the first time – comprised of detailed photography, enriching narratives with cultural context, 1st generation historic documents, Archival images, technical specifications and production data.

In addition to the 550 complicated wristwatches, the book also tells the fascinating story of the revival of complications that occurred during the height of the Quartz Crisis in the late 1970s. During a time of great change and disruption in the industry, Audemars Piguet shifted the focus back to complications, setting the stage for great developments and innovation during the 1980s, 1990s and into the 21st century.

The book is available for CHF 150 on watchprint.com.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2015 and 2016. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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