Audemars Piguet Tradition Minute Repeater Tourbillon Chronograph SIHH 2013
February 14, 2013
Audemars Piguet introduced a very interesting triple complication watch at SIHH 2013, the Tradition Minute Repeater Tourbillon Chronograph, which combines a Minute Repeater, Tourbillon and Chronograph. It is presented in a polished titanium cushion shaped case, measuring 47 mm by 12.30 mm, with an 18K brushed white gold bezel. Inside is caliber 2874, a hand wound manufacture movement that runs at 21,600 vph (3Hz), with 38 jewels, 504 components and a power reserve of 48-hours.
The dial is silvered opaline with a vertical brushed finish and contrasting pink gold applied Arabic numerals and hands. Functions include minute repeater, tourbillon, chronograph (30-minute counter), hours, minutes and small seconds.
A glareproofed sapphire crystal protects the front and back. The clear back allows a view into the mechanics such as the column-wheel mechanism, the two gongs of the minute repeater and the beautifully hand finished bridges and main plate. The cut-out parts have also been manually finished (polished bevels, grained finishing on top of Matte “brouillé” finishing underneath).
In addition to the bezel, the crown, push pieces and case back are also in 18K white gold. The strap is in hand-sewn black “large square scales” crocodile leather with 18K white gold AP folding clasp. This timepiece is not water-resistant. (Ref. 26564IC.OO.D002CR.01)