Monday, February 1, 2016

Audemars Piguet Millenary Edition 2016

Just two decades after the Millenary was created, 2016 brings the launch of two new stunningly original designs powered by the clever in-house back-to-front 5205 and 5206 movements. Classic accents are reworked to bold effect: onyx and diamonds, gold and pearls now geometrically defined to create graphic dial patterns.

This new graphic women’s design featuring diamonds and onyx interlayed in a hypnotic relief is revealed as a bold expression of precision craft. Classic techniques are abstracted to new effect: the Millenary’s zebra-like stripes come to life in brilliant-cut diamonds and velvet-black onyx.

The design is all the more remarkable because the balance wheel and bridge are an integral part of the decoration: a technical challenge that reminds us how Audemars Piguet’s gem-setters and horological engineers work side-by-side, developing an unparalleled understanding of related crafts.

Audemars Piguet underlines its contemporary approach to Haute Joaillerie, transporting pearls – the all-time classic jewel – into a new horological realm. Over a century ago, seed pearls were used to decorate watch cases.

In 2016, an avant-garde re-think of traditional decorative techniques sees pearls light up the Millenary dial like little electric studs, creating a magnetic geometric weave against the gleaming black onyx.

This original timepiece required the special skills of a traditional jewellery workshop. Even before creation could begin, Audemars Piguet expert jewellers hand-picked each pearl for perfect roundness and size (1 mm diameter), and then set them with exceptional precision. The unique oval dial of the Millenary becomes a new canvas for pearls.

Reference: 77249BC.ZZ.A102CR.01
Movement
Hand-wound Manufacture Calibre 5205
Total dimensions: 32.74 x 28.59 mm (14 ½  x  12 ¾ lignes)
Total thickness: 5.64 mm
Number of jewels: 19
Number of parts: 344
Minimal guaranteed power reserve: 49 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (= 21,600 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Hours
Minutes
Small seconds

Case
18-carat white gold case, entirely set with brilliant-cut diamonds, glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback, crown set with an onyx cabochon, water-resistant to 20 m.

Dial
18-carat white gold off-centred disc and small seconds counter with “zebra” pattern, set with brilliant-cut diamonds and onyx, yellow gold hands.

Bracelet
“Large square scale” black shiny alligator strap with diamond-set 18-carat white gold pin buckle. Additional coloured strap.

Gemsetting
438 brilliant-cut diamonds; ~1.93 carats (case, buckle). 140 brilliant-cut diamonds; ~0.43 carats (dial, movement).

Reference: 77249OR.ZZ.A205CR.01
Movement
Hand-wound Manufacture Calibre 5206
Total dimensions: 32.74 x 28.59 mm (14 ½  x  12 ¾ lignes)
Total thickness: 5.94 mm
Number of jewels: 19
Number of parts: 397
Minimal guaranteed power reserve: 49 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (= 21,600 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Hours
Minutes
Small seconds

Case
18-carat pink gold case, entirely set with brilliant-cut diamonds, glareproofed sapphire crystal and caseback, crown set with an onyx cabochon, water-resistant to 20 m.

Dial
Onyx off-centred disc and small seconds counter with white pearls, pink gold hands.

Bracelet
“Large square scale” beige alligator strap with diamond-set 18-carat pink gold pin buckle. Additional black shiny strap.

Gemsetting
438 brilliant-cut diamonds; ~1.93 carats (case, buckle). 169 brilliant-cut diamonds; ~0.35 carats (dial, movement).

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