Something to "ring" in the new week...

Okay, this is for Alex, Francois and other Loungers, who have been patiently waiting to see this piece. 

Alas, it is not a VC but does come from another highly regrarded brand, AP. Something to "ring" in the new week...

These pictures were taken by Harry Tan, a talented watch photographer whose work was recently featured in The Business Times Watch Supplement.

Enjoy these pics and have a great week ahead.

Something to "ring" in the new week...

Something to "ring" in the new week...

09/01/2008 - 08:45
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09/06/2008 - 15:33
This is their truly masterpiece
09/01/2008 - 06:29
as opposed to their ROO line...
Thanks Rei...
09/01/2008 - 08:45
While I certainly like and enjoy my ROOs, I do think that this piece is quite special.  When I wore it the other day and it chimed, a friend's eyes sparked and his ears perked... Duncan
I'd too...
09/01/2008 - 13:49

So far the only watch of mine that chimes is my Citizen  Congrats Duncan!

I don't have any chiming watches,
09/01/2008 - 13:52
but my mobile phone has some pretty cool ringtones
And it is probably more accurate too... :-) (nt)
09/01/2008 - 16:26
Re: I'd too...
09/01/2008 - 16:09
Everyone needs to start somewhere and Citizen is a fine place to start. Hopefully, there will be more chimes in your future. Cheers, Duncan
Congratulations Duncan! Great watch...
09/01/2008 - 12:06
May it only chime happy moments for you
Thanks Radek. I am quite happy when it chimes. :-) (nt)
09/01/2008 - 16:11
I'm lost for words...
09/01/2008 - 13:45

Duncan,  Classic and superb, this one is a masterpiece. I LOVE the fact that the dial is so pure and clean. And the back is so well finished! What are its dimensions? I love the ROOs, but to state the obvious this is a few cuts above Congratulations, may you wear and hear it in good health!!!! Regards, Francois

Thanks Francois...
09/01/2008 - 16:17
it is good to remember that AP makes some wonderful watches that are not Royal Oaks or Offshores.  Somehow, I think this fact is lost on many people. IIRC, the watch is about 39-40mm and the dial is mother of pearl, which is a bit hard to pick up in the photo. Cheers, Duncan
That's a very good size
09/01/2008 - 16:55
and it is one that I could wear. Thanks for the info AP has always been considered as part of the "Big 3", but I'm not sure if they have shot themselves in the foot by focusing too much on their RO/ROO line (isn't over 60% of their revenues coming from that collection?). I have heard many saying that Lange should take AP's place on the podium... It is a shame as they produce so many beautiful more classic models. I was wondering about the dial - seeing the difference with the sub-dial (which looks to be silver), I was wondering what was the finish on the main dial.  Cheers, Francois
Regarding AP, I believe that they deserve the accolades and
09/02/2008 - 02:11
inclusion amongst the Big 3.  Without a doubt, the Royal Oaks and Offshores get the publicity and are responsible for a significant contribution to AP's revenues but we should remember that this is a business.  It may be a hobby and passion for us, but at the end of the day, the brands must remain in business in order to keep making the watches we covet and collect.  My view is that AP's amazing success with the Royal Oak line helps to provide funding so that AP can develop new escapements, new materials and outstanding complications such as the sonnerie. For a few years, I thought AP was in danger of becoming the RO company.  However, over the last couple of years, I have seen AP strive to find a balance between their different lines, while also finding a business strategy that is supportive of both short and long term goals. I am glad and consider myself very fortunate that I can enjoy and appreciate their classical Jules Audemars line, which I think is best for complications such as sonneries, tourbillons and equation of time and their sporty Royal Oak line with their innovation as found in the forged carbon Alinghi Team Offshore piece. As for Lange, I believe that they are more than worthy of being in the company of the very best manufactures in the industry.  One aspect that might hamper Lange's placement in the Big 3 is that the current incarnation of the brand has only been around since 1994.  AP, PP and VC all have much longer continuous histories.  IMHO, however, Lange loses nothing in comparison to the Big 3 when it comes to the quality of their watches and the skill of their watchmaking.  Personally, I think VC and Lange rank at the very top when it comes to finishing. In the end, as I am not a big PP fan or collector, my personal preference is for a Big 3 of AP, Lange and VC.   Cheers, Duncan
Congrats Duncan for this masterpiece!
09/01/2008 - 14:15
I see Carillon on the dial: what kind of special chime does it ring? Cheers, and enjoy it a lot. Patrice
Hi Patrice, thank you for your kind words.
09/01/2008 - 16:25
The Carillon refers to 3 different tones that are heard at the quarters as produced by 3 different gongs.  So, for the hours and minutes, single tones are heard and for the quarters, you hear a set of 3 tones. Hope that my crude explanation makes sense. Cheers, Duncan
Hi Duncan! Very nice watch. Is it possible to
09/01/2008 - 18:46
record when it chime? I really like to know how it sounds.
Thanks Gilbert. Probably possible with a good recorder but
09/02/2008 - 01:37
I doubt that my mobilephone is adaquate and that is all that I have for recording devices. Anyone have any ideas?  Also, I do not know if the HL supports audio files....  Cheers, Duncan
A real beauty!! Thanks for sharing! How many MMs?? (NT)
09/01/2008 - 20:55
Thanks WatchBug. Size is about 39-40mm. (nt)
09/02/2008 - 01:39
Any other AP other than this one...
09/01/2008 - 21:27
and the "Don" may have to send Luca. I'm sure he'll make an exception for this one. A true Master peice! Wear in good health, Miki
Thanks Miki. Going to the mattresses is worth it for this 1. :-) (nt)
09/02/2008 - 01:42
fantastic watch...
09/02/2008 - 00:32
Congratulations ! Stil I wonder why AP decided to write "Grande Sonnerie Carillon" on the dial , wear it in good health ! Bernard
Thanks Bernard...
09/02/2008 - 01:47
Not sure either and my personal preference would be to not have the words on the dial.  However, I can live with them... Cheers, Duncan
I salute you sir! A Grande Sonnerie is always welcome on the Lounge
09/02/2008 - 01:56
Thanks Alex, now I am just waiting for VC
09/02/2008 - 02:14
to produce a Grande and Petit Sonnerie.  Maybe you can drop a little hint into Mr. Torres' ear... Cheers, Duncan
wouldn't be surprised if it were in the pipeline :-) nt
09/02/2008 - 19:55
Thanks Alex. I am practically panting with anticipation... :-0 (nt)
09/03/2008 - 01:11
Whaaa congrats Duncan...
09/06/2008 - 15:33
... I had the chance to see this masterpiece in the flesh and this watch is really fooling, a wonderful caliber, a very classial case and dial The only point which I would criticize is its little bit weak bell.
Thanks Fred for your comments...
09/07/2008 - 02:01
I have found that for chiming watches, both repeaters and sonneries, the sound quality really comes down to the individual pieces with their specific qualities and tuning.  Volume and quality of tones are 2 separate aspects and vary widely between different timepieces and even between watches that are the same model. Case material has a significant impact.  Recently, I was comparing 3 sonneries, all AP, in platinum, rose gold and titanium.  The loudest was the one cased in titanium but the best (a very subjective assessment, but one shared by a number of industry folks) sound came from the rose gold piece.  Similarly, I have found the same results when comparing the JLC Master Minute Repeater. Anyway, I am waiting for the day when VC produces a sonnerie, which I much prefer over a repeater.  Cheers, Duncan