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Audemars Piguet reinterprets the wandering hour, a complication invented for the Vatican in the 17th century.

There are many ways to display the time, more or less complicated, accurate or aesthetic depending on the mods and models. But the fact that it is so beautifully called a wandering hour gives a historical tone to the passage of time. Audemars Piguet took advantage of Thursday’s opening of Art Basel, the Miami art and design fair, to showcase its reinterpretation of this complication. Equipped with only a seconds hand, the Audemars Piguet Starwheel Code 11.59 tells the time thanks to three discs that show a 120-degree scale graduated in 60-minute increments.

Why was the wandering hour born in the Vatican?

L’heure vagabonde consists of the hour stretching along a minute scale arranged in an arc of a circle, an aesthetic arrangement of time that gives it a certain mystery. The idea of ​​such a display dates back to the XVIIe century. “It was a very original and modern way of showing the time for the time, explains Sebastian Vivas, Director of Museums and Heritage at Audemars Piguet

Source: Le Figaro

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