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July 2018

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AUDEMARS PIGUET 20th century complicated wristwatches
WATCHMAKERS: The Masters of Art Horology, Maxima Gallery

Audemars Piguet 20th century complicated wristwatches

collective work by Audemars Piguet

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Haute Horlogerie watchmaker Audemars Piguet announces its first ever book dedicated entirely to the history of manufacturers of complicated wristwatches, following four years of archival research and writing on the part of the Heritage Department.
From the world’s first minute repeating wristwatch crafted in 1892 until the revival of complications in the late 1970s, Audemars Piguet produced a grand total of only 550 complicated wristwatches, of which no two are identical: 35 minute repeaters, 188 calendar wristwatches, 307 chronograph wristwatches and 20 double complication wristwatches featuring both calendar and chronograph. The entire story of Audemars Piguet’s complicated wristwatches is shared for the first time, with the help of detailed photography, enriching narratives with cultural context, first generation historic documents, archival images, technical specifications and production data.
In addition to the 550 complicated wristwatches, the book also tells the fascinating story of the revival of complications that occurred during the height of the quartz crisis in the late 1970s. During a time of great change and disruption in the industry, Audemars Piguet shifted the focus back to complications, setting the stage for great developments and innovation during the 1980s, 1990s and into the 21st century.

308 pages • Size: 25 x 33.5 cm • Price: CHF 150.00

Watchmakers: The Masters of Art Horology

Maxima Gallery

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This book gathers the work of the most celebrated independent watchmakers in the world. Thirteen artisans, each a legend in the realm of Haute Horlogerie, tell their stories, describing the traditional working methods and prized watches upon which their reputations have been built. Photographs of the masters in their workshops bring their stories to life, along with detailed sketches and images of their watches in all their brilliant intricacy.
Watchmakers also features insightful texts from other leading figures of the independent watchmaking world, including Aurel Bacs and Nicholas Foulkes, author of the only authorised biography of Patek Philippe. Watchmakers: Hajime Asaoka, Ludovic Ballouard, Christophe Claret, George Daniels, Denis Flageollet (De Bethune), Philippe Dufour, Laurent Ferrier, Romain Gauthier, Vianney Halter, Christian Klings, Jean Daniel Nicolas (Daniel Roth), Roger Smith, Kari Voutilainen

252 pages • 136 colour ill. • Size: 24.5 x 28.9 cm • Price: CHF 78.00