Three new models are being added to the Millenary collection at SIHH next month, with smaller cases and more sparkle than ever. The Millenary is one of three collections from Audemars Piguet Pocket Watch that contain ladies’ watches, but essentially, it is the most female-centric of the full collections within the brand. The Royal Oak and the Royal Oak Offshore both have ladies’ versions, but they began as, and are known mainly as men’s collections. The jewelry collections are limited-edition one-offs, certainly not made for everyday wear or pocketbooks. That leaves the Audemars Piguet Millenary, with its distinctive elliptical case and off-center dial.
The white gold bracelet version of the Audemars Piguet Watches Sale Millenary
The Millenary collection, which was launched in 1995, has always been a platform for watchmaking’s metiers d’art, about a decade before the resurgence of these crafts in the rest of the watch world. Gem-setting is a particular strength of the collection differentiating the watches from the sportier Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore ladies’ pieces. At the same time, a partially openworked dial gives the Millenary a technical aspect – a reminder that it comes from one of the foremost makers of mechanical movements. The Millenary, last updated in 2015, will be refreshed with three new models at SIHH next month in Geneva, including two all-gold versions set with diamonds and one gold case version with a strap.
The Frosted Gold case version of the new Audemars Piguet Millenary.
And then there’s your average well-to-do watch purchaser. To me, the best analogy for this other type of AP buyer is advised via a singular scene in 1 episode of one television show that was popular for a time period some years ago. I’m talking about Entourage, and I wager the huge majority of you know the way to which scene I’m referring.Ari Gold receives a solid gold Royal Oak chronograph (not as the opinion I’ll review down under) by his own then-soon-to-be boss, who describes it as “One of the finest watches in the world.” The camera then pans to the solid gold watch from its box, and Ari is in disbelief about the gift — and thus, AP is introduced to a whole bunch of potential new customers, the men who watch Entourage. From this time, you see several of the personalities on the display wearing APs. Many at the time believed Audemars Piguet had compensated for the placement, but in talks with AP through the years, it was revealed to me that not a single dollar was traded. Rather, a specific producer on the series proved to be a large AP customer, and insisted it be a Royal Oak introduced to Ari. Entourage did a great deal for AP, but it was not this one positioning that defines the “other” type of AP customer. It will give you an notion of where AP is a favorite, and that’s in Hollywood, music, and sports, with all the young and moneyed.Regardless of whether or not you are into all things that glitter, it can not be denied that 2017’s SIHH trends were punctuated by heaps of those 79th element in yellow, white, and frosty colours. And no one had more to show in this camp than Audemars Piguet, whose Extra-Thin Jumbo Royal Oak (reference 15202) in gold did not really steal the spotlight from the showstopping Perpetual Calendar in ceramic, but it certainly came awfully close — especially for those who’ve been following the previous 40 or so years of the Royal Oak.
The case on the strap version has a “frosted gold” finish that gives it the look of hand-finished jewelry. Frosted gold is a collaboration between Audemars Piguet and Florentine jewelry designer Carolina Bucci, using a technique known as the Florentine method. It is created by using a diamond-tipped tool to make tiny indentations across the surface, culminating in a shimmering sparkle, like snow. The finish was introduced last year on the ladies’ Royal Oak. On the Millenary, it is applied between polished sections on the stepped bezel and lugs, as well as to areas of the case side. The signature offset sub-dials that record hours, minutes, and seconds are set with opal, a new dial material for this collection. Audemars Piguet also adds a fashion watch element to the strap version. It is available in several colors and textures, including rubber, alligator, textile, or velvet, and a choice of blue, grey, red, pink, light green, or purple.
The rose gold bracelet version of the Audemars Piguet Millenary.
The white or pink gold bracelet versions are fitted with bracelets that, like the frosted finish, have a hand-crafted element that gives the watch a jewelry aesthetic. Audemars Piguet calls it the Polish bracelet because it is produced with a distinctive weave-pattern design making for a more supple-feeling on the wrist. It is constructed by weaving gold threads, much like a Milanese mesh-style bracelet, but with a difference (which according to Audemars Piguet makes it more comfortable to wear). In the Polish bracelet, the gold threads are braided in a right-over-left pattern rather than in the same direction. The result is a bracelet that is more flexible and therefore hugs the wrist like a second skin. This is made more possible by the ability to closely size the bracelet by adding or removing links in 5mm sections. The sub-dials on the bracelet models are mother-of-pearl.
The strap version of the new Audemars Piguet Millenary is available in several colors and textures.
The cases on all three new Millenary watches are scaled down to 39.5mm, making them more wearable than the 45mm pieces in previous models, and a lot more wearable than the 47mm Millenary 4101, a model more intended for a man’s wrist. The new, scaled-down models make the Millenary more purely a ladies’ collection, which is a good move for Audemars Piguet. All three new models contain the manually-wound Caliber 5201, which is reversed to display some of its components on the dial side. Pricing for the new Millenary models will be available in mid-January. audemarspiguet.com