Audemars Piguet has launched an extraordinary high-end jewelry watch, bringing a spring breeze to the glory brand’s expertise of more than 130 years. Although Audemars Piguet’s women’s jewellery works have not appeared for decades, they all show the enviable talents of the watch factory. The new work is even more extraordinary as a masterpiece.
In 1875, Audemars Piguet was founded in the small town of Brassus in the Jurassic Valley. As an independent watch brand, the brand management right has been controlled by the descendants of the founding family. It is still located in the village where the brand was born. The brand tradition and sincerity values are inseparable from the environment in which it grows. Therefore, the brand advertising videos all show the local beauty. In 2013, Audemars Piguet’s blessed land, the Jurassic Valley, appeared on this highly symbolic piece of jewelry. The work is not only reminiscent of Audemars Piguet’s natural heritage, but also highlights the brand’s deep-rooted femininity.
As early as 1883, less than ten years after Audemars Piguet was founded, the brand began to focus on creating dedicated movements for women’s watches. Throughout the history of the brand, the brand has always cherished the art of jewelry. In the early twentieth century, the ‘Beauty Ages’ and ‘Crazy Ages’ were a period of particularly rich art, and their extraordinary creativity influenced generations. Today, the ‘Art Nouveau’ plant theme resonates with the representative brands of the Jurassic Valley, and the geometric lines of ‘Art Deco’ are reproduced in the pure temperament of the picture. The various styles merge into a highly regarded contemporary work of art.
The birth of new high-quality jewellery works cannot be separated from the close attention of two ladies, Ms. Jasmine Audemars, Chairman of Audemars Piguet, and the extraordinary imagination of designer Julie Dicks. Julie Dix has been with Audemars Piguet for two years and is the only female member of the integrated design department. With her unique artistic sense, she gave birth to an extremely delicate watch with a diameter of only 28.5 mm. The watch is paired with a ribbon, with slender branches intertwined with intertwined leaves. The crown at 2 o’clock from the center, and the inverted branches show an asymmetrical effect; the polished surface and the inlaid diamonds appear alternately, exquisitely. The unique landscape on the dial is reminiscent of the ‘Dent de Vaulion’ peak overlooking Lake Jura. In order to present this tranquility that has been covered under the white snow for many years, the designer combined the clean white colors of mother-of-pearl, gold and diamonds, and added blue sapphires to set off the overall cool color tone. In a poem full of feminine charm, the beauty of swallows welcoming spring is painted.
Excellent craftsmanship blends perfectly
Audemars Piguet’s self-designed, developed and manufactured masterpieces of contemporary watches, combined with the internal craftsmanship of all brands, are all types of craftsmen, designers, jewellers, inlays and sculptors, and watchmakers manufacturing mechanical movements. The result of close cooperation between teachers.
The manufacturing process of the chain belt is particularly long and careful. Before entering the manufacturing stage, it is necessary to study the shape and connection of the chain in order to achieve the perfect balance and maximum flexibility on the premise of following the original design. All sizes of gold foil are all processed by hand to partially cover very small chains. The fine chains are assembled using Paris’s complex connection technology to draw ‘S’ curves, which greatly increases the difficulty of the process. To avoid affecting the aesthetics of the overall appearance, the jeweller has designed a hidden buckle hidden under the middle of the case at 6 o’clock. In addition, the strap can be removed and adjusted to ensure that the watch fits perfectly on the wrist of the wearer.
Precious stones, highest purity (IF) diamonds and top quality sapphires with round, rectangular or marquise cuts. Some gems need to be cut in the work to match the setting space, while other gems determine the overall structure with unique characteristics. Snowflake inlay, grain inlay and gem holder inlay create a harmonious reflection effect, contrasting with rare and exquisite styles in dazzling works, to the bottom of the case. The work contains a total of 440 diamonds, including 16 fine marquise-cut diamonds with a total weight of 10.99 carats and 11 sapphires with a total weight of 0.21 carats.
The engraver has exhausted his professional skills and carefully carved light reliefs on the dial’s gold chassis. On the background embellished with diamonds and flawless mother-of-pearl, piercing techniques such as lace create a unique decorative effect. The branches are only 0.3 to 0.4 millimeters thick. The surface decoration is the most careful, and a slight difference will ruin them. The leaf engravings on the middle case on both sides are vivid and natural, and they extend along the branches on the chain. The upper ratchet of the movement brings a dynamic effect, and the round movable ratchet is uniquely engraved, which is very eye-catching. Through the sapphire crystal back cover, you can see the smart beauty of the movement.
This high-end jewellery watch is equipped with a manual-winding mechanical movement of model 3091, which can vibrate at 21,600 times per hour and has a 48-hour power reserve. Audemars Piguet’s masterpieces of watches designed, developed and manufactured are decorated according to the purest rules of watch art. The blue steel screws echo the gold hands on the dial and the sapphire that sets off the light. The movement gives the watch its unique performance, and fine jewelry watches driven by mechanical movements are extremely rare.
In this beautiful work, the beauty of harmony came into being. The creation theme is in line with Audemars Piguet’s philosophy of loyalty to the roots of the family business and the perfect combination of jewelry art and watch art. For Audemars Piguet, this announced the rebirth of high-end jewellery craftsmanship, and delighted the ladies who have loved the century-old superb craftsmanship.