Artistry

Decoration

Integrity guides our pursuit of perfecting timepieces by hand, both inside and out. With precision and expertise we meticulously craft each piece.

Openwork

The time-honoured art of openworking, which has been one of the Manufacture’s signatures for more than a century, is a striking illustration of this duality. On the one hand is the quest for ethereal beauty, a play on transparency and depth to create a threedimensional effect or a contrast between light and dark in the very heart of the movement. On the other is the fierce desire to maintain the timepiece’s precision, reliability and resistance.

The Art of Openworking

Components carved out to as much as half their initial dimensions defy the laws of science to unite in perfect harmony and create the ultimate mechanical masterpiece in the impressive art of openworking.

Engraving

The handcrafted art of engraving is a truly painstaking endeavour combining patience and innate artistic skill, as the artisan’s extraordinary talent brings the stunning decorations to life.

Gemsetting

A vast array of gemsetting techniques ensures that precious stones light up each exceptional timepiece in its own unique way. These techniques include snow setting, closed setting, claw setting and grain setting, to name but a few, the oldest of which is the closed setting, which involves enclosing the stone in a gold thread.

4'841

number of diamonds

4'635 brilliant-cut diamonds in the case and bracelet, plus another 206 on the dial alone, compose the Diamond Fury.

1'500

number of hours

It took passion, perfection, and over 1,500 hours to finish our masterpiece of jewelry, Diamond Fury.

8'148

number of diamonds

7,848 brilliant-cut diamonds (~33.35 carats) in the case and bracelet, plus 300 (~0.92 carats) more on the dial, compose the Diamond Punk.

Finishing

Polish

Polishing results in smooth, shiny surfaces reducing the risk of oxidation.

Perlage

It currently adorns bridges, plates, the bottoms of recesses and dials.

Cotes de Geneve

This type of decoration is generally reserved for the visible surface of bridges

Audemars Piguet has always taken great pride in carrying out a number of decoration techniques on the movement’s tiny components, even when they remain hidden. These include stippling or spotting, Côtes de Genève, also known as “Geneva Stripes”, sunray-brushing, bevelling, snailing and mirror finish. Decoration techniques add that final touch to every piece crafted in this workshop, turning extraordinary timepieces into truly exceptional works of art.

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Assembly

When decorated components are sent to the assembly workshop to undergo a host of painstakingly detailed techniques.

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Components

Integrity guides our pursuit of perfecting timepieces by hand, both inside and out. With precision and expertise we meticulously craft each piece.

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