Thursday, 19 December 2013

#22 AP Jules Audemars Openworked Minute Repeater with Jumping Hour.



Jules Audemars Jumping Hour Minute Repeater (26356PT) by Audemars Piguet.

The last few years have indeed been an interesting period in Haute Horlogerie. We have witnessed a number of makers introducing Jumping hours, including Zeitwerk by Lange, which probably is the most 'comparable' piece to this Jules Audemars. 

This exquisite piece features jumping hour with blue central minute hand & second hand at 6 o' clock position. Minute repeaters, although widely regarded as one of the most difficult complications to execute, AP, as one of the pioneers of complicated watchmaking, perfected the mastery through their 'savoir faire'. The highest degree of engineering is complemented by solid platinum casing to produce a sound that is not only loud but also beautiful. 

The architecture of the movement itself is simply mesmerising. Touches of gold and contrasting hand brushed & polished finishing provides the piece with depth.  Moreover, the bridges and the baseplate are sculpted in such a way that it looks as though it's stretching outwards, which I gives the piece its own distinctive flamboyancy. 



 The case measures at 43mm and is accompanied by the highest quality blue hand-stitched crocodile strap. 



The piece features sapphire crystal exhibition back displaying the in-house hand-wound Cal. 2907, which is built with 420 parts and 35 jewels, providing 72 hour power-reserve.
Individual components are hand finished and decorated by the master artisans of Audemars Piguet. (apologies for the fingerprints)



So all-in-all, my verdict is that this is one special piece (I seem to say this for every piece but it's true!). It is crafted and finished at the highest degree, such that you can actually physically see and feel how much attention to detail has gone in to create this piece. Needless to say, it's a very unique piece in its own respect - It's an openworked piece that combines jumping hours with minute hand with a minute repeater, which at least for the moment, you are not going to see elsewhere. Above all, I think this is one of those piece through which you can really experience what Audemars Piguet as a watchmaker stands for - tradition, innovation and attention to detail. The only 'downside' with this piece I suppose is the price with a hefty price tag of GBP 313,720.


I would like to thank Adam at AP for letting me play around with this exceptional piece. (Please feel free to contact me should you be interested in purchasing the piece)


Monday, 9 December 2013

#20 Rolex by Bamford Watch Department


Rolex by Bamford Watch Department

Bamford Watch Department are one of the few renown watch-customisers in the market. They work on some of the finest sports pieces including Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore, Patek Philippe Nautilus and Rolex's. For those of you who are wary or unaware of these customisers, you may think of them as Mansory or Brabus of watches. 

Bamford's general theme is to 'black-out' the pieces and add a bit of 'pop' flavour to the dial. The outer surfaces are coated using their own unique, military-grade PVD. Some of their 'preset' designs are available as well as giving you the option to tailor the design to your taste and preferences.



Below are two Rolex examples (GMT-Master II and Gold Sky-dweller)



Gold Sky-dweller on a lady's wrist.
 The bezel looks absolutely superb - The combination of the groovy gold bezel and Bamford's PVD gives off this unique Black-gold sheen that perfectly complements Bamford's signature lilac blue colour on the dial.

Gold Sky-Dweller on a gent's wrist (Apologies for the fingerprints!)

GMT-Master II 
The dial on this GMT-Master is also a work of art - the Carbon fibre looking dial with contrasting hour markers, fonts and hands are just stunning. 


Strictly speaking, although customisation is purely for cosmetic purposes (Bamford and other customisers do NOT work on the movements, thus the time-keeping aspects are unaffected) and is quite costly, if you are one of those people who do not fancy being generic, Bamford will offer you the leeway. They offer highly flexible customisation without sacrificing quality - Everything from the PVD treatment to dial customisation is completed at the highest standards. More info on www.bamfordwatchdepartment.com



Sunday, 1 December 2013

#19 Hublot La Ferrari MP-05


I was lucky enough to get a hold of one of the maddest pieces in modern horology.
This wonderful piece is still at prototype stage but will come into the market for sale early next year and will be limited to 50 pieces with only 2 coming to the U.K. The Hublot La Ferrari features suspended vertical Tourbillon with 11 barrels, which when fully wound will power the piece for an incredible 50 DAYS! 
It certainly is one special piece both in terms of aesthetics and horology. 





You can see the vertical tourbillon at the front.  


 'blueprint' of MP-05