Audemars Piguet Edward Piguet Swiss Luxury Watches Review
Audemars Piguet Edward Piguet joins Jules Audemars in the classic direction – but takes a different branch of the path. This collection consists of rectangular watches, which offset the round and octagonal designs of other AP models with solid elegance and an air of extra reliability.
Considering the unorthodox looking watches of the Royal Oak lines, Edward Piguet provides an additional classic anchor, strengthening the brand's overall image. As a consequence, it also establishes a unique balance – relationship – within the brand's oeuvre. This relationship goes beyond the walls of boutiques and manufactures, and manifests itself whenever Audemars Piguet watches "meet."
Complications and Design
Edward Piguet is not as elaborate as its classic counterpart when it comes to complications. Nonetheless, it accommodates enough to set itself apart from the rest; chronograph, tourbillon, perpetual calendar, and large date adorn the rectangular dials in symmetrical arrangements. Diamond-paved (506 stones) and openworked models give the collection depth only high-end luxury watchmakers can spare.
In terms of design, Edward Piguet takes liberties unseen in Jules Audemars – it employs both Roman and Arabic numerals as main indexes (ironically, the large date variation displays a defiant Arabic-ciphers date window squeezed between oversized Roman symbols), and embellishes the faces with guilloche and linear patterns. Other important characteristics include the use of hand-wound and self-winding movements, extensive use of precious metals (white and pink gold), and interestingly, the lack of a women's line.
Edward Piguet chronographs deserve a special mention. A particular line of chronographs incorporates a secondary inner dial – this time a circle – and, surprisingly, heavy-sword shaped hands highly reminiscent of those in Vacheron Constantin Malte.
Moreover, designers elaborate on the classic rectangular case, making it thicker and heavier than in the rest of the watches; this change also carries the practical purpose of creating additional space for the push-buttons.
As a result, some the chronographs feature a reinforced case with sports utility, a paradoxical combination of elegance with complicated function. As previously mentioned, a streak of defiance and non-conformism made it into one of the most traditionalist of all Audemar Piguet collections.