Audemars Piguet has a rich history, but its new watch is all about the future
Audemars Piguet is known for having produced some of the boldest watches of the last century.
The Royal Oak broke the ‘round watch with leather strap’ mould when it debuted in the 1970s, and since then the brand has doubled-down on bold new materials and even more design-orientated lines (the Millenary collection remains one of the most striking watches in existence).
Its latest self-winding chronograph is steeped in heritage, but brought up to date with a modern movement and materials. The aptly-named [RE]master01 takes inspiration from one of the brand’s most important chronographs, the Audemars Piguet Ref. 1533 from 1940.
It was the watch that kick-started the trend of luxury sports watches; back then, chronographs weren’t synonymous with sports the way they are now. In the 1940s, Audemars Piguet created several dress watches featuring a chronograph function.
One look at the new [RE]master01 and you’ll be able to see the similarities between it and its vintage cousin—from the two-tone case, the teardrop lug shapes and the dial elements. Of course, while it certainly looks vintage this new 40mm timepiece certainly isn’t old-school.
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