replica Audemars Piguet watches , one of the few watchmakers still run by its founding family, is also a major player in the field of grand complications. As early as 1889, Audemars Piguet introduced pocket watches with minute repeater, split-seconds chronograph and perpetual calendar functions. In 1892, when wristwatches were still a rarity, Audemars Piguet introduced the world’s first minute repeater wristwatch, naturally similar in appearance to a pocket watch but with additional lugs and bracelet links at the top and bottom.
During the mechanical renaissance that began at the end of the 1980s, Audemars Piguet launched a number of emblematic complications, including the Jumping Hour Minute Repeater in 1992, which combined the two aforementioned functions. However, with its dimensions of only 34x37mm and its internal jumping minute repeater calibre 2865, the watch was only 22.6mm in diameter, which was indeed slightly small for modern times. In 2006, Audemars Piguet launched a new generation of Jule Audemars, the skeletonized version of which we will present here.
The main feature of this new generation of Audemars Piguet’s minute repeater is its larger size: not only is the watch 43mm larger, but the 2907SQ caliber inside is 37mm in diameter (the main body is 29.3mm). The movement has a double gong and a double hammer that can be clearly seen through the transparent caseback. In practice, the minute repeater chimes with a clear and resonant sound, and even the power of the hammers can be felt, which is above average, but the sound of the decelerator is slightly more pronounced.
As the previous minute repeater had a jump disc located at the top left of the faceplate and was smaller in size, the ratio of the numbers in the jump window was not great. In order to improve readability, the jumping disc is considerably larger, spanning the central hand and the small seconds hand at six o’clock, and its jumping module construction extends the movement’s diameter to 37 mm. In addition to the minute repeater and jumping hour functions, the skeletonisation technique is also an important feature of this model, with the use of pink gold to highlight the differences between the plates and the components. Each plate is finished with a fine ichthyoscopic and filigree finish, while the bevels of the parts are also polished. Through the openwork design, not only can you see the operation of the jumping mechanism, but also the hammer and moving parts are clearly visible when the chime function is activated.