Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Following a successful first edition in 2009, the loop-style rally around Gstaad hits the roads again between August 31st and September 4th 2011.
As title sponsor of the rally, Audemars Piguet is celebrating the event with the launch of a new limited series: the Jules Audemars Gstaad Classic 2011 Chronograph, issued in a 250-piece numbered limited edition, including 50 even more exclusive watches available exclusively from the Audemars Piguet boutiques in Gstaad and Geneva.
The Manufacture in Le Brassus has demonstrated a longstanding interest in motor sports. Actively involved in Formula 1 motor racing through its ambassador-drivers Sébastien Buemi, Jarno Trulli, and since November 2010, the legendary Michael Schumacher, Audemars Piguet is also official timekeeper of historical competitions such as the Tour Auto, the Spa Classic and the Gstaad Classic Audemars Piguet.
The Gstaad Classic Audemars Piguet
This is the only classic rally in Switzerland to feature time trials on 100 km of closed roads. The winding mountain roads provide the perfect playground for drivers with a penchant for thrills and performance.
This year’s edition of the prestigious event will host some one hundred teams, at the wheel of GT and sports cars dating from the late 1930s to the late 1970s.
The programme is similar to that of the first edition: three days of rally driving in the Swiss Alps, with a different loop each day – starting and ending in Gstaad – interspersed with special trials on closed roads.
So as to combine sport and comfort, each evening is organised in an exclusive location and participants are accommodated in the finest hotels around Gstaad, including in particular the Grand Hotel Park housing the Audemars Piguet boutique.
It is here as well as in the Audemars Piguet Geneva boutique, that the Jules Audemars Gstaad Classic 2011 is presented to informed collectors.
The Jules Audemars Gstaad Classic 2011
The 250 owners of this wristwatch will doubtless be won over by its vintage look: characteristic of the Jules Audemars collection, enhanced by a sporting spirit through its association with the Gstaad rally.
In this model, the elegant round case traditionally distinguishing Jules Audemars watches is combined with colours and materials inspired by the automobile world.
The 1920s style dial is chic and sporty. The hand-sewn chestnut brown leather strap with lozenge-shaped overstitching evokes fine car upholstery, while the titanium used for the case is greatly appreciated in the automobile industry because of its inherent combination of sturdiness and lightness.
Leather travel trunk presentation box
The chronograph start/stop pushpiece is made of pink gold so as to be immediately identifiable by the driver likely to be more focused on his performances.
In order to provide this watch with a worthy jewel case, the presentation box, reserved for just 50 future owners of the Jules Audemars Gstaad Classic 2011, is inspired by a classic car travel trunk, entirely lined in chestnut brown leather and featuring tone-on-tone stitching as well as straps fastened with metal buckles.
Jules Audemars Gstaad Classic 2011 Chronograph specifications
Movement : Total diameter: 29.9 mm, Thickness: 7.16 mm, Number of jewels: 64, Number of parts: 364, Power reserve: 50 hours, Cadence of the balance: 21,600 vph
Case: Titanium case, transparent sapphire caseback, water-resistant to 20 metres
Dial: Anthracite dial, silver-toned counters, applied pink gold Arabic numerals
Strap: hand-sewn chestnut brown leather strap with lozenge-shaped overstitching and titanium AP folding clasp
Presentation box: Special rectangular presentation box with chestnut brown leather lining, tone-on-tone stitching and grey metal buckles.