Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Audemars Piguet Millenary Woman

20 years since it was first created, the Millenary is an intricately considered design that reflects the multi-layered nature of the woman who wears it. This elegant new addition to the Millenary collection looks different. It challenges perceptions of what women’s watch design can be today.
For 2015, a new Millenary collection celebrates 20 years of this unique Audemars Piguet women’s watch design. The brand’s genuine dedication to creating movements for women is displayed in the new hand-wound Millenary 5201 movement. Three years in the making, its slim, elegant form is a salute to the aesthetic balance that is achieved when old-world artisanship meets new-world design.
The new caliber, a hand–wound Manufacture movement where the balance wheel is revealed, beats at the heart of the 2015 Millenary pieces. Its form has been created to fit exactly the intriguing oval case shape that defines the Millenary, a design that follows perfectly, ergonomically, the curves of the wrist.
A beautifully engineered timepiece, it has been carefully composed for women by Audemars Piguet’s designers and watchmakers.
With the new Millenary collection, the Manufacture enhances its reputation for creating women’s watches that are not simply considered for their aesthetic quality but that are designed from the inside out.
Back at the turn of the 20th century, Audemars Piguet women’s timepieces were highly sought after not just as aesthetic adornment, but more importantly as designs, well thought out and in tune with modern sensibilities. Technically conceived and artfully decorated, the Manufacture offered women watches that were inspired by the influences of modern culture, in the likes of Art Nouveau or Art Deco movements.

This conceptual approach to women’s designs is summed up by a timepiece unveiled at the 1920 Geneva trade show. Its fine jewellery aesthetic was impressive but the forward-thinking design at that time, intrigued further. It was made to be worn in several ways: on the wrist or as a pendant. Even more compelling, the timepiece housed a minute repeater mechanism. Ever since, Audemars Piguet has continued to consider the technical elements of women’s watches while never losing sight of a desire to wear beautiful timepieces.
Audemars Piguet women’s watch designs not only echo women’s changing lifestyles but reflect their character. Today that way of thinking continues – the form and concept of the Millenary is inspired by the influences of modern culture, such as architecture and art. The subtle balance between high watchmaking and high jewellery savoir-faire gives the Millenary its unique character.

The 2015 Millenary collection - References
Reference: 77248BC.ZZ.A111CR.01 (MILLENARY, 39.5 x 35.4 mm)
  • Case: 18-carat white gold case, entirely set with diamonds, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, crown set with a blue cabochon sapphire, water-resistant to 20 m.
  • Dial: Diamond-paved white gold off-centred disc, anthracite printed Roman numerals, white mother-of-pearl small seconds counter with diamond-set ring, blued gold hands.
  • Bracelet: “Large square scale” pearly dark grey alligator strap with diamond-set 18-carat white gold pin buckle. Additional black alligator strap.
  • Gemsetting: 438 brilliant-cut diamonds; ~1.93 carats (case, buckle). 136 brilliant-cut diamonds; ~0.26 carats (dial).

Reference: 77247OR.ZZ.A812CR.01 (MILLENARY, 39.5 x 35.4 mm)
  • Case: 18-carat pink gold case, diamond-set bezel and lugs, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, crown set with a pink cabochon sapphire, water-resistant to 20 m.
  • Dial: White mother-of-pearl off-centred disc and small seconds counter, powder-pink gold printed Roman numerals, pink gold hands.
  • Bracelet: “Large square scale” shimmering brown alligator strap with 18-carat pink gold pin buckle. Additional black alligator strap.
  • Gemsetting: 116 brilliant-cut diamonds; ~0.60 carats (bezel, lugs).

Reference: 77247BC.ZZ.A813CR.01 (MILLENARY, 39.5 x 35.4 mm)
  • Case: 18-carat white gold, diamond-set bezel and lugs, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, crown set with a pink cabochon sapphire, water-resistant to 20 m.
  • Dial: White mother-of-pearl off-centred disc and small seconds counter, anthracite printed Roman numerals, pink gold hands.
  • Bracelet: “Large square scale” beige alligator strap with 18-carat white gold pin buckle. Additional black alligator strap.
  • Gemsetting: 116 brilliant-cut diamonds; ~0.60 carats (bezel, lugs).

Movement specifications
Hand-wound Manufacture Calibre 5201
Total dimensions 28.59 x 32.74 mm (12 ½ x 14 ½ lines)
Total thickness: 4.16 mm
Number of jewels: 19
Number of parts: 157
Minimal guaranteed power reserve: 54 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (= 21,600 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Hours
Minutes
Small seconds

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