Friday, February 14, 2014

What Watch Would Carter the Great Wear?

Perhaps one of my ALL TIME favorite books is Carter Beats the Devil.  It is a period piece, a sort of Educated Forrest Gump of the early 20th century, and most of it taking place in San Francisco and Oakland.  It is a BRILLIANT read, and I HIGHLY recommend it!
Courtesy of Audemars Piguet
At some point in the story, young carter the magician was presented with a pocket watch with a repeater function.  Now if that story were to be set in the modern age, I suspect he would have been presented this one from Audemars Piguet.

An 18 carat pink gold oval case, sapphire crystals both front and back.  Here are the rest of the details -
White enamel dial, black roman numerals, white enamel small seconds subdial
Hand-sewn brown crocodile leather with large square scales, secured by an AP folding clasp in 18-carat pink gold
Hours, minutes, small seconds, minute repeater
Base movement thickness
Movement thickness with module
10.05 mm
Total diameter
37.90 mm
Type of balance
Variable-inertia balance fitted with inertia-blocks
Frequency of balance wheel
21,600 vph (3 Hz) Hz
Balance-spring type
Flat double balance-spring
Number of jewels
Power reserve
165 h
Number of parts


  • Offset hours/minutes at 3 o’clock, offset seconds at 7 o’clock
  • Three-position winding crown
  • Repeater slide serving to activate the minute repeater at 9 o’clock
  • Direct-impulse AP escapement

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