It’s not often that Audemars Piguet launches a whole new collection of watches, but that’s what we’re getting today. Meet the [Re]master01, an automatic chronograph inspired by a beautiful watch from the brand’s past. A specific watch, no less.
Audemars Piguet produced very few chronographs in the early 20th century – only 307 by their count – and this is one of the more interesting of the bunch. You might even remember the watch: It made an appearance in Talking Watches with Alfredo Paramico back in 2014 and sold at Phillips a year later too. That’s where Audemars Piguet acquired it, though the idea for this project started even before the watch made its way into their collection.
“People are very cognisant of the design shake up that took place in the 1970s and in the early 2000s,” says Audemars Piguet’s Head of Complications, Michael Friedman, in the watch’s press release. “However, creative expressions of case form and dial design have occurred during every decade of our history.” He’s also careful to emphasize that “this is not a historic reissue – it is a contemporary remastering of one of our past creations.”
That’s an important distinction to make. It’s far from just semantics. The former would be about being faithful to an original in form, while the latter is more about being faithful to an original in concept. The [Re]master01 looks, on a black background, very similar to the original watch from 1943, but if you take a look at the spec sheet or see the watch in the metal, you quickly realize it’s more than that. The watch is 40mm across and neither particularly thick nor thin for a modern automatic chronograph.
It still retains that distinctive two-tone case though, with the caseband, lugs, and caseback made of stainless steel and the bezel, crown, and pushers made of pink gold. That’s then paired with a gold-toned dial that hovers somewhere between champagne and yellow, with vertical brushing and crisp printing. The chronograph hands and tachymeter scale are printed in blue, adding a punch of color, and the chronograph minutes totalizer also includes a red 45 (again preserved from the original) that’s meant for timing the halves of …read more