A few years back I decided that I was no longer really impressed with tourbillons. It isn’t that tourbillons aren’t special or complicated, but the deluge of tourbillons from every brand able to buy one from BNB Concept (now defunct) or Concepto, respectively… created the tourbillon game overly simple. They just dropped their rarity and feel of significance. The mystery behind their function, and the allure of their complicated movements was dropped in their own utter availability, and often laugh-inducing prices. So I simply stopped caring about tourbillons for a bit. Then a neo-tourbillon renaissance began to occur. Where purists were revisiting the tourbillon as a graceful complication that was about watching it in activity within a nice frame. This is the time we are in now.
While I already praised the brand new Royal Oak Offshore as a wonderful piece for 2011, ” I really don’t have any choice but to also provide Audemars Piguet jules audemars tourbillon chronograph replica watches the right to call their brand new Jules Audemars Tourbillon Grande Date limited edition watch, the best tourbillon timepiece debuted at SIHH 2011. Why? I love the straight forward implementation and focus on the tourbillon that has a view directly throughout the watch. The Jules Audemars platform makes for a tasteful looking timepiece that is formal looking without being boring, and is thin, without wanting to become an”ultra slim watch” The dial is easy to read, and contains an intriguing looking pile of components. In the top you have the AP logo, then the big (Grande) date indicator, then the point at which the hands connect, then the tourbillon with subsidiary seconds hand. These element form a nice stack and allow the dial to become almost perfectly symmetrical.
The tourbillon window is bigger than it must be, but in a good way. The finishing is so fine, and the view of the mechanisms is appreciated while not overdone. I am writing this article prior to Audemars Piguet jules audemars minute repeater tourbillon imitation watch officially announces the piece, therefore I do not have all the details. I am not certain of the size, but I think the case is 40-42mm wide. It feel quite right in size — especially because the lugs stretch into the ends of my wrist. The fact that the strap ends are curved to match the rounding of this circumstance is a luxury signature, and the big date complication mixed in with the tourbillon makes the dial feel appropriately populated without being cluttered. I simply think that Audemars Piguet jules audemars dual time replica watch did a fantastic job with this piece.
From a movement standpoint I am impressed again. The manually wound movement has a symmetrical design which you may see from the sapphire display back. I really like movement that look like that, and AP appears to have take just a bit of sway (maybe) in the highly-acclaimed Laurent Ferrier watch. The finishing is quite nice, and this witness only begs to be a sought after collector’s item. I was impressed with it after viewing all of the new tourbillon watches surfaced at SIHH 2011, I feel that AP includes a top contender using the Jules Audemers Tourbillon Grande Date. Simply put, this timepiece epitomizes classic good looks that never went rancid and provides a straight forward, no BS, tourbillon watch with a great looking movement from a well-respected brand. Start looking for this limited edition item sometime in 2011.