Saturday, January 24, 2015

Audemars Piguet Diamond Punk Haute Joaillerie Cuff Watch

Swiss luxury watch manufacture Audemars Piguet presents Diamond Punk Haute Joaillerie – a stunning cuff watch set with over 8,000 diamonds. This exceptional design not only highlights the traditional savoir-faire of Le Brassus, it displays how it is constantly refining its gem-setting and high jewellery techniques to create truly cutting-edge pieces.
7,848 snow-set diamonds define the sharp, clean-cut geometrics of a cuff bracelet, which is expertly engineered as a piece unique of 56 dazzling pyramid facets. Beneath a secret sliding cover, the cool beauty of the dial is revealed: set with a further 300 diamonds.
This unique Haute Joaillerie cuff timepiece disrupts traditional ideas of gem-set watches and displays a true desire to break the rules, technically and creatively. Taking inspiration from the graphic design codes of the punk era, a rhythmical pattern of pyramid studs constructs a new Haute Joaillerie design language that resonates with creative energy. The Diamond Punk’s aesthetic is expertly considered and refined, in keeping with Audemars Piguet’s rich heritage of crafting exceptional jewelled timepieces.
At the manufacture in Le Brassus, watchmakers, designers, jewellers and gem-setters work side by side; allowing Audemars Piguet freedom to create timepieces of unparalleled artistic expression. The realization of precious gemstone watches is a uniquely challenging task for a watchmaker, one that requires rare skill, exceptional engineering and painstaking dedication.
Diamond Punk is the result of 1,440 hours of work by these highly skilled designers and makers and is only made possible using traditional methods passed on through centuries of Haute Horlogerie practice. Hence, each jewelled watch becomes a unique work of art for the wrist, an avant-garde expression of the Manufacture’s horological expertise.

Technical details
Movement
Quartz Calibre 2601
Total diameter: 9.70 x 12.00 mm (4 ¼ x 5 ¼ lines)
Total thickness: 1.80 mm
Number of jewels: 3
Frequency of the quartz: 32,768 Hz

Functions
Hours
Minutes

Versions
Reference: 79418BC.ZZ.9188BC.01
Case size: 44 x 30 mm
Case: 18-carat white gold case, entirely snow-set, glare-proofed sapphire crystal, not water-resistant
Dial: 18-carat white gold dial, snow-set, blued gold hands
Bracelet: 18-carat white gold bracelet, entirely snow-set
Gemsetting: 7,848 brilliant-cut diamonds; ~33.35 carats (case, bracelet). 300 brilliant-cut diamonds ; ~0.92 carats (dial)

Reference: 79419BC.ZO.9189BC.01
Case: 18-carat white gold case, entirely snow-set, with onyx elements, glare-proofed sapphire crystal, not water-resistant
Dial: 18-carat white gold dial, snow-set, blackened gold hands
Bracelet: 18-carat white gold bracelet, entirely snow-set, with onyx elements
Gemsetting: 5,326 brilliant-cut diamonds; ~21.66 carats, 56 onyx elements (case, bracelet).300 brilliant-cut diamonds; ~0.92 carats (dial)

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