Audemars Piguet [Re]master01 Selfwinding Chronograph

Limited edition of 500 pieces

Reference #: 26595SR.OO.A032VE.01

53,100 USD
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Audemars Piguet looks to their past for the [Re]master01 Selfwinding Chronograph

Reinterpretation

Audemars Piguet’s Head of Complications Michael Friedman is very clear “This is not a historic reissue but a contemporary remastering of one our past creations.” The [Re]master01 Selfwinding Chronograph is a stunning reinterpretation of one of their rare chronograph wristwatches from 1943 modernized with the Manufacture’s latest technology and dial design. Audemars Piguet’s vintage chronograph wristwatches are among the most unique in the world, with only 307 made between the 1930s and 1950s.

The Inspiration The Audemars Piguet ref 1533

When choosing which watch to remaster the entire Audemars Piguet team voted unanimously for the Ref 1533 out of all the watches in their extensive Heritage collection. The Ref. 1533 was produced during World War II when only one-tenth of Audemars Piguet’s were chronographs. The watch was surprising for its time with a stainless steel and pink gold 36 mm case, small today but quite large in the 1940s when most watches measured between 31mm and 34 mm. Audemars Piguet produced only nine Ref. 1533 and only three in stainless steel and gold. In 2015 a Ref. 1533 sold at auction for CHF 305’000.

The [Re]master01 limited edition

The new chronograph has a limited run of only 500 pieces. The [Re]master01 features a round, 40mm stainless steel case and lugs, with a pink gold bezel, crown, and pushers. The dial is gold-colored with black markers and gold hands with blue chronograph hands and blue tachymeter scale.

The chronograph counters have been rearranged slightly to improve readability but retain the red 4/5 in the 30-minutes counter at 9 o’clock.  This indication was requested on the original by Audemar Piguet’s third-generation family-founder Jacques-Louis Audemars who was a huge soccer fan and wanted his favorite sport’s half-time indicated. The logo remains period correct with “Audemars Piguet & Co Genève” on the dial –  a nice vintage touch. Audemars Piguet stopped using Genève on its dials in the mid-1970s.

Revealed through the sapphire caseback is the Audemars Piguet in-house 4409 automatic chronograph movement first seen in the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet collection launched in 2019.

Audemars Piguet ReMaster01, inspired by Ref. 1533 modern remastering


Features

The Basics

Dial

Case

Strap

Functions

  • Hours
  • Minutes
  • Chronograph
  • Small Seconds

Special Features

  • Water resistance 20m/2 bar

The Brand

Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet is an independent Swiss manufacturer that was founded in 1875 by watchmakers Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet. They set up their business in the Vallée de Joux, north of Geneva, in the cradle of high-end Swiss watchmaking. This ruggedly beautiful region is nestled in the Jura Mountains and offers natural resources such as forests, water, ice and rocks from which iron ore could be extracted. This ore gave early watchmakers the means for the watch industry to evolve and thrive. Today this breath-taking landscape provides inspiration for the brand’s employees.

Descendants of both families remain on the board of directors today, making it the oldest watchmaker managed by its founding families.

The company was the first to create a high-end sports watch in steel when gold was the luxury standard. Named the Royal Oak, the collection was criticized for its use of non-precious metal, and yet 48 years on, it remains the brand’s best-seller today.

In 2019 Audemars Piguet launched a new collection: The Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet, the first important new collection in over 20 years with 13 new references, six new models and three brand-new calibers, including a long-awaited new manufacture integrated chronograph. This new pillar of Audemars Piguet is an acronym (see below).

C for Challenge – Challenge the limits of craftsmanship

O for Own – Our roots and legacy

D for Dare – Follow convictions

E for Evolve – Never stand still

11:59 – The last minute before a new day


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