Retro Watches – The Industry’s Last Gasp?

Retro watches: Audemars Piguet Remaster01 Selfwinding Chronograph

When it comes to traditional timepieces, retro watches rule the roost. That’s true at every price point, from the Timex Q to Hamilton’s field watches¬†to Eberhard’s Scafograf 300 to the¬†Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Chronograph. It’s not just that older designs are better – which they are, generally. The retro trend reflects a sea change in how traditional watches are viewed by consumers. How they will be viewed in the future . . .

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The World’s Worst Watch Review

Audemars Piguet Chronograph standing tall

Over at HoDinkee, our favorite champagne socialist tackles Audemars Piguet’s new pseudo-vintage self-winding chronograph – a watch we condemned as a lazy and cynical attempt to sell unused Code 11.59 movements. Surprise! Stephen Pulvirent has a different take . . .

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Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Chronograph

Audemars Piguet Chronograph standing tall

The Audemars Piguet [Re]master01 Selfwinding Chronograph comes hot on the heels of their Code 11.59 – the Swiss watchmaker’s failed attempt to move away from its dependence on the Royal Oak. To move the metal, AP’s gone back to its roots, launching a new watch based on their 1941 chronograph, reference 1533. “Gone back” as in retreated? Well . . .

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