Winding an Audemars Piguet at a certain frequency is essential to ensure that the time and date displayed on its dial are always accurate. However, it is a delicate task that requires a certain rigor in order not to damage the parts of your precious timepiece.
There are several ways to wind an Audemars Piguet. You can wind the watch manually by turning the crown or you can use an automatic winder that will do the job for you.
We detail the exact procedure to follow here:
Reassembling an Audemars Piguet: what does it involve?
Whether a watch is manually or automatically wound, the operation of an Audemars Piguet is based on the same principle.
During winding, the barrel, a cylinder-shaped part with a toothed edge, compresses a spiral spring to store the energy needed to operate the watch. This energy is then gradually released to turn the hands.
Proper winding of your watch is necessary to ensure that all parts work properly and that the time is accurate.
The manual winding of an Audemars Piguet
The procedure for manual winding depends on the watch movement:
How to manually wind an Audemars Piguet automatic watch?
If you have gone several days without wearing an Audemars Piguet automatic watch, you must wind it before putting it on your wrist.
To do this, you need to turn the crown about thirty times in the normal direction of the hands while keeping it in the neutral position (position 1).
Caution! In order to guarantee the water-resistance of certain watches, the crown is screwed down to prevent water infiltration. It must be unscrewed before turning the crown.
If necessary, you can also pull the crown to positions 2 and 3 to set the time and date. Once you have finished winding and adjusting, don't forget to screw the crown back in to keep the watch water resistant.
In addition, unlike a mechanical watch, there is no risk of over-winding an automatic watch. Indeed, this type of watch is equipped with a safety system that disengages the rotor as soon as the spring is fully compressed.
Case of a mechanical Audemars Piguet
To wind a mechanical Audemars Piguet, you must first remove the watch from your wrist. If you wind a mechanical watch while keeping it on your arm, you risk damaging the mechanism due to improper pressure on the stem and crown.
The inner tube is a delicate part. You risk bending it and affecting the movement. Also, once the watch is removed, you can reassemble it more easily.
With that in mind, here are the steps to follow to manually wind your mechanical Audemars Piguet:
Make sure the crown is in the neutral position;
Hold it between your thumb and forefinger and turn it clockwise between 20 and 40 times;
Stop as soon as you notice that the crown is jammed. Do not force the crown up any further. Doing so may cause the crown to jam and damage your watch.
À quelle fréquence remonter une montre Audemars Piguet ?
It all depends on the type of Audemars Piguet watch concerned. If it is a mechanical watch, it must be wound every day at approximately the same time.
However, if it is an automatic watch, one winding per month is sufficient, unless you do not wear your watch for several days.
Also, regardless of the type of watch, winding should not be done between 9:00 pm and 3:00 am. At these times, you run the risk of disturbing the mechanism before the stroke of midnight and breaking a tooth on the date disc. That's why watchmaking experts call this time slot the "death zone".
Equip yourself with an automatic winder to wind up an Audemars Piguet
The automatic winder is a device that reproduces the movements of the arm to wind watches not worn over a long period. It saves you from having to wear your Audemars Piguet watch every day to extend its life.
In addition, every time you manually wind your timepiece, you put stress on the crown, pushers, springs and seals. These parts can be significantly damaged in the process. Winding your watch too often can shorten its life.
Given the investment that an Audemars Piguet represents, it is therefore wiser to invest in our watch winder. Its use is simple:
- Install the watch on the winder stand;
- Place the holder in the center;
- Set the number of revolutions per day. As a general rule, watches need 650 to 950 revolutions per day in bidirectional rotation. But for more certainty, consult your watch's instruction manual.
A watch winder protects your jewel from dust, wear and tear and humidity. It allows you to keep your Audemars Piguet watch in good condition and preserve its value over the long term.