Audemars Piguet Channels 1960s Brutalism With [RE]Master Watch

Brutally beautiful.

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Audemars Piguet watches, at the intersection of luxury design and precision timekeeping, don’t often stray from tried-and-true silhouettes like the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, for instance. But when they do, it’s worth taking a (much) closer look, as with the asymmetrical and instantly eye-catching Audemars Piguet [RE]Master 02.

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It’s almost difficult to know where to start with the latest [RE]Master launch, which boasts next-level specifications and precise craftsmanship.

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As Audemars Piguet notes, the new timepiece follows “in the footsteps of [RE]Master01, launched in 2020 to reinterpret a rare chronograph from 1943.”

That first edition, the handsome [RE]Master Self-winding Chronograph, presents a high bar to clear in matters of style, taste and design.

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The second edition boasts a geometric case that’s a work of art in its own right, and it’s crafted from even more impressive materials: Sand gold, a new 18-karat gold alloy, allows for a distinctive play of light and shadow.

The watch also carries with it fine pedigree, a tribute to a 1960 timepiece (the Model 5159BA) and Brutalist designs of that year.

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The parted blue dial boasts a striking brushed finish for even more distinct character, and the watch hands and buckle clasp are also crafted from rare sand gold for the ultimate in luxurious detailing.

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Within the watch, Audemars Piguet presents its latest timepiece with a Calibre 7129 movement, all the while “combining vintage aesthetic with cutting-edge performance.”

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An exhibition caseback bears a “Limited Edition” marking, while an elegant blue alligator leather textured strap adds refined appeal to an already-exceptional timepiece.

Accordingly, it’s priced in a rarified air: The new Audemars Piguet [RE]Master 02, in a limited offering of just 250 watches, retails for $47,200.

Considering the going rate for other more widely available Audemars Piguet timepieces, it might be a (relative) bargain for its one-of-a-kind design among AP collectors and design enthusiasts.

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