Well it’s Friday and thank goodness for that, so let’s finish the week right with a closer look at one of the newest offerings from an old favorite, the Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph from Audemars Piguet.
Officially introduced this week at the SIHH, the Tradition Tourbillon is just one of several new highly complicated pieces from the brand this year. Presented in a 47mm tonneau shaped case made from titanium, it is characterized by a highly minimalist design that only serves to draw even more attention to the superb tourbillon that dominates the dial at six o’clock.
Yet in spite of (or maybe as a result of?) the highly simplistic design, I find myself drawn to the opaline dial, complete with contrasting pink gold Arabic numerals and hands. The symmetry of the dial is broken up slightly by a small 30-minuter counter at 3 o’clock for the column-wheel chronograph, however I like the fact that AP have resisted the urge to put an additional sub-dial on the other side to balance things out as I think this would have made things feel quite crowded.
Animated by the hand-wound AP Caliber 2874, the caliber also boasts a Minute repeater on two gongs, in addition to the chronograph and tourbillon. Fortunately AP has fitted the piece with a sapphire case back, allowing you to fully appreciate the highly finished movement at your leisure.
Limited to just 10 pieces and priced at US$471,300.
The Final Word
Although AP is best known for their iconic Royal Oak Offshore collections, there is no mistaking the fact that they are a superb watchmaker. This means that no matter what piece you choose, you are guaranteed enduring quality, style and sophistication for the years to come. Plus, unlike some of the other, perhaps more famous, models in the brand’s line-up, you’re not likely to see this one on the wrist of all your friends the next time you’re out at dinner.
Category: SIHH 2013