Audemars Piguet

Minute Repeater with Tourbillon by Audemars Piguet (Swiss, Founded 1875).

Approximate Cost: 168 000.00 GBP

Audemars PiguetComplicated, mechanical and hand-wound, this Minute Repeater with Tourbillon from the Jules Audemars line has an 18K white gold case studded with 168 diamonds — 1.31 carats altogether.

The silvered dial is set with 104 diamonds and offers a tantalizing glimpse at the tourbillon movement. Pretty as the front is, there’s no less of a show behind the scenes where a sapphire skeleton back lets you examine the ever-whirring ingenuity inside. A beautiful timepiece, made even more so by its classy black alligator strap.

Since 1875, in the village of Le Brassus at the heart of the Vallée de Joux in the Swiss Jura region, Audemars Piguet has been creating and marketing under its own name a range of Haute Horlogerie watches, particularly complex models.

Representing a rarity in the sector, the company is the world’s oldest Factory still in the hands of the founding families. The great-grandchildren of the two founders, Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet, ensure the continuity and in Le Brassus, workshops dating back to 1875 house the Audemars Piguet Museum.

The resulting wrist- and pocket- watches are limited edition, expensive, hand crafted and extremely exclusive. The website has downloadable videos about the company’s grand complications and innovations.

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