A classic timepiece from the luxury brand Audemars Piguet. The watch not only symbolizes one’s achievement in life, but also class on a whole another level. What also separates the line of watches is the peculiar face. The watch features dials with a tapisserie pattern on them, a weaving pattern that forms the square and lozenge motif that captures the light and accentuates the timepiece’s “geometric relief.” (Hodinkee).
Courtesy of Audemars Piguet.
Such peculiar watch face also has a very peculiar production method. Fitting for a luxury brand like Audemars Piquet, the watch face is not produced using high tech tools but is rather produced with a simple combination of a burin and a pantograph. The system is naturally fine tuned to perfection but this centuries old mechanism still has an impact on today’s design. Basically the machine on one side has an oversized model for the Royal Oak’s tapisserie pattern and a blank brass dial sculpted to resemble the oversized version on the other. The below video shows the meticulous process that goes into making face of a luxury time piece.
Pretty impressive huh? I have a feeling I will be writing quite a few more watch posts in the near future. I seem to have picked up a new hobby with Vintage Watches.