Audemars Piguet’s [Re]master01 A Rare Reissue Of A Rare Chronograph With Modern Engineering
Audemars Piguet is introducing a new chronograph in a time of crisis that resembles a model introduced during another time of crisis, the Second World War. With a state-of-the-art movement, an enlarged case size and a sapphire rather than glass crystal, the [Re]master01 is a stunning revival of a 1943 chronograph, Audemars refers to it as a “contemporary remastering” rather than a reissue.
Audemars Piguet chronographs from the 1940s are rare. Only 307 were made between the 1930s through the 1950s. Only three of the original Audemars Piguet models were sold in 1953. In fact, during World War II, chronograph wristwatches accounted for just under one-tenth of Audemar’s total watch production. As for the present reissue, unlike almost every other watch brand in recent years, it is Audemars Piguet’s first neo-vintage watch. And it is also rare. The [Re]master01 will be made in a series of 500 pieces only, priced at $53,100.
Aesthetically, the design is faithful to the original chronograph wristwatch from 1943, with its rounded steel-and-pink-gold case, champagne dial, three registers (which have been rearranged slightly to accommodate a new movement, and for improved readability), teardrop lugs, thin bezel and the same art deco numeral font. Even the olive-shaped pushers are the same. The watch is slightly larger than the original – 40 mm compared to 36 mm – and the chronograph counters were rearranged for improved readability but retain the original watch’s 4/5 indication above the 15 minutes mark inside the 30-minutes counter at 9 o’clock, which allows the wearer to record up to 45 minutes. This indication was requested by Audemars Piguet’s third-generation family-founder Jacques-Louis Audemars (1910 – 2003) to satisfy his taste for soccer by indicating his favorite sport’s half time.
The new movement, caliber 4409, is an upgrade from the original, with modern engineering, an automatic winding system and a flyback function. But the clous de Paris engraving on the rotor is applied using a technique used by Audemars Piguet since the 1950s. Also true to the original are the “Audemars Piguet & Co Genève” and “Genève” signatures. The new [Re]master01 is available at Audemars Piguet boutiques only.