The Jules Audemars collection forms part of the Swiss watch company’s traditionally styled offering, along with the aptly named, ‘Tradition’, ‘Edward Piguet’ and ‘Classique’ collections.
The Edward Piguet watches are no longer in production but continue to proffer eye-catching aesthetics, courtesy of rectangular, curved cases which delightfully capture the beauty of the art-deco period.
It seems befitting that the historical watch company from Le Brassus pays tribute to the two men who founded the maison in the latter part of the 19th century. Whilst Edward Piguet watches are typified with rectangular forms, Jules Audemars models feature ‘regular’, circular shaped cases to which the public has grown accustomed to. However, a brief association with any Jules Audemars timepiece reveals these watches are far from ‘regular’ with breathtakingly rare talent magnificently employed in their creation.
Based in the Vallée de Joux, Audemars Piguet is located in a region known for making complicated movements such as perpetual calendars, minute repeaters and tourbillons. A further, regional speciality is ultra-thin movements.
The ultra-thin movement presents incredible challenges to the watchmaker, both in terms of conceptualisation and assembly. The reduced space within the case often demands the ingenious positioning of components to ensure each microscopic space is utilised in order to achieve a svelte profile.
The Jules Audemars collection indulges collectors with an array of complicated timepieces, including said minute repeaters, tourbillons as well as ultra-thin watches. However, the collection of models also includes watches equipped with the ‘Equation of Time’ which shows the difference between solar time and the indicated time.
Arguably the most notable model within the Jules Audemars collection is the Grand Complication. This technical tour de force combines three magnificent complications: a minute repeater, perpetual calendar and a split-second chronograph, sometimes referred to as a rattrapante. The result is an incredibly high parts count of 648 components all pristinely finished and housed within a 42mm titanium case. Few other watch companies can offer such elevated horology but, then again, few other practitioners of fine watchmaking share the same illustrious 140-year history as Audemars Piguet.