Audemars Piguet is the only Swiss manufacture that is still in the hands of the descendants of their original founders. While Audemars Piguet is very well known for the Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore timepieces, the true essence of the manufacture comes to life with their exceptional more classic timepieces from the Jules Audemars, the Millenary, the Tradition and the Classique collections. Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet founded the company in 1875 that is still located in Le Brassus, right in the heart of the Vallée de Joux. Among their amazing creations, inventions and horological firsts comes the Jules Audemars Quantieme Perpetuel Automatique, the first automatic ultra-thin perpetual calendar wristwatch with central rotor ever created in 1978.
One thing we love about Audemars Piguet is how they draw upon its unique blend of tradition, experience and knowledge to push the boundaries of fine watchmaking to the maximum level through their Savoir-Faire creations. Openworking is one of those things that Audemars Piguet masters very well and several steps are involved in hand finishing every skeletonized mainplate, including the flanking, beveling, perlage and polishing. The purpose of openworking is to enhance transparency and aesthetic appeal by revealing the beauty of the movement without compromising its accuracy.
This fascinating Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Quantieme Perpetuel Automatique Openworked fitted with a yellow gold case measuring 36 mm in diameter and only 7 mm in thickness, is a living example of how to break the rules you must first master them. This perpetual calendar with moon phases is powered by the legendary Audemars Piguet calibre 2120/1 with 36 jewels, straight-line lever escapement and hand engraved skeletonized rotor in 21K gold. This complication is a real treat for the eyes and a joy to wear.
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