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Chapter 1The Craft

For over a century, Audemars Piguet has devised endlessly inventive horological masterpieces. Discover the intricacies of the craft – the ways history influences design, the methods by which components are handcrafted, and the ever-present focus on excellence.

This timepiece is the only one of its kind. Embodying the finest in Haute Joaillerie, it is inspired by tradition and nature, at once.

Part I

The Design

  • Design

    Leaves and straps overlap to create a congruous feeling of movement.

  • Design

    The design symbolizes nature's abundance in the Vallée de Joux.

  • Design

    The dial depicts a contemporary interpretation of the summit at Lac de Joux.

  • Design

    This piece epitomizes the distinguished Savoir-Faire of Audemars Piguet.

The Vallée de Joux was settled in the sixth century by the monks of Prémontré. In this austere existence, they found serenity. Since 1875, it has been home to Audemars Piguet.

The Vallée de Joux. For millennia, it has remained a place of raw, unforgiving nature.

Part II

Making the components

Handcrafted under one roof

The entire component-making process is done in house, by hand. A setter, an engraver, and a jeweler work in a collaborative setting. As the project advances, the design is adapted to maintain a harmonious, balanced piece.

    • Setting

      The setter works in partnership with the jeweler to determine the thickness of each strand, which is dependent on the size of each diamond.

    • Setting

      The design is adapted according to the stones that are chosen.

    • Setting

      The marquise diamonds are hand selected by the setter.

    • Engraving

      The engraver transposes a two-dimensional design into a three-dimensional relief engraving.

    • Engraving

      On this piece, the birds and branches draw inspiration from the landscape of the Vallée de Joux.

    • Engraving

      The engraver must navigate delicate landscapes with incredible focus – at times working on pieces as thin as 0.3mm thick.

    • Engraving

      In a way, the engraver creates order out of chaos, sensing every shape as perceived by the spectator.

    • Engraving

      The position and line of the engraved forms creates a feeling of vibrancy – and a light, refined finish.

    • Jewelry

      Every tailor-made leaf on this wristwatch is inimitable, both in appearance and assembly.

    • Jewelry

      The jeweler interprets the design in terms of volume and linkage to the strap.

    • Jewelry

      Here, the jeweler applies an overlay to create a sense of cohesion.

    • Jewelry

      Two strands of the strap cross over each other, adding to the overall harmony and movement of the piece.

    • Jewelry

      The jeweler chose to place the strap opening at 6 o'clock, to avoid disturbing the purity of the design.

additional component

Calibre 3091

The hand wound Calibre 3091 features 21 jewels, 148 parts, and a thickness of 2.80mm. Its blue steel screws reflect the bracelet's blue sapphires, inspired by the harsh winter of the Vallée de Joux.

Calibre 3091
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the audemars piguet legacy of women's watches

    • Cherished Origins

    cherished origins

    In 1883, the first Audemars Piguet movement for feminine watches was made. The company's innate desire to push boundaries was present from the very beginning.

    • Historic Timepieces

      1882

      An object of splendor more so than a timepiece, this art nouveau pendant boasts 203 diamonds and 42 blue sapphires.

    • Historic Timepieces

      1916

      This ladies art deco wristwatch, one of the first to showcase a folding clasp, plays on simple geometric shapes.

    • Historic Timepieces

      1920

      Women gained a certain independence in the 1920s. Watches such as this platinum encased piece offered greater access to time.

    historic timepieces

    Women's Belle Époque timepieces were decorative in focus. As the Roaring Twenties arrived, precision increased while intricate design remained – influencing Haute Horlogerie to this day.

    • Our Diamonds

      Elegant and alluring, the Ladies Royal Oak 33mm uses 18 carat pink gold and a crown of diamonds to form a distinct presence.

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    • Our Diamonds

      The Ladies Selfwinding Royal Oak reinvents its heritage as the haute horology sports watch, while celebrating its artisanal finesse.

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    • Our Diamonds

      Boasting an oval shape, the Ladies Millenary Selfwinding timepiece balances creative invention with technical discipline.

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    our diamonds

    Audemars Piguet takes great care in always using the highest quality diamonds and hand selecting each one – marquise, brilliant-cut and baguette. Every stone influences the design, adding to the individuality of the timepiece.

PART III

Born of the Vallée de Joux

Haute Joaillerie

From the Vallée de Joux springs a feminine wristwatch born of its surroundings. Blue sapphires, white gold, mother-of-pearl, and brilliant diamonds set in leaves – each element is a delicate tribute to the inescapable, seasonal arrival of snow and ice in Le Brassus.

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