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)