Chapter 2Our Complications

In horology, a complication refers to any feature in a timepiece beyond the simple display of hours, minutes, and seconds. At Ademars Piguet we have spent over 137 years mastering these unique creations from design through production.

Theme 4

Time Interval

One-fifth of a second accuracy takes years to master. It is to this day one of the most sophisticated complications in the watchmaking mechanism and one of the hardest to perfect. Several construction types have been developed, but the most prestigious and spectacular one is the column-wheel chronograph.

The column wheel is a strategic component that pilots chronograph starting, stopping and resetting operations, and does so with a minimum force to avoid wear.

An Audemars Piguet First

1858 A pocket chronograph with jumping-seconds hand is handmade by Louis Audemars.

Other Time Interval Complications

  • Split Second Hand
    Split Second Hand Split second chronographs are fitted with an additional seconds hand that can be stopped in its tracks in order to measure an intermediate, or to maintain a reference time.
  • Chronograph
    ChronographA chronograph is a standard watch fitted with an auxiliary mechanism that measures and displays continuous or discontinuous spans of time without affecting the watch’s time-keeping functions. A center chronograph hand is started, stopped and restarted at will, then returned to zero by actioning one or more push-pieces. It is both useful in daily life and remarkably complex in technical terms.

Millenary Carbon One

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