Audemars Piguet has announced to introduce three new models to its Millenary collection at this year’s SIHH. The cases got smaller (and more wearable) but with a serious amount of sparkle and bling. Three collections of Audemars Piguet contain ladies watches, but there are by and far the most in the Millenary collection. Of course, there are Royal Oaks for women, but the collection is dominated by men’s watches.
The first Millenary watches were introduced in 1995 and since then diamonds and gems were an important part of these watches. Through the open-worked dial which reveals the movement, the Millenary gains a technical perspective and reminds everyone that this watch isn’t run by a quartz calibre like so many women’s watches.
Like all the other models from the Millenary collection the new watches come with an elliptic case and a decentralized dial. There will be three new models; the models in white and pink gold introduced in 2015 now come with metal bracelets, but one comes with a rubber one. For the one with the rubber strap Audemars Piguet opted for a dial made from opal which isn’t disturbed by any numbers or numerals. The case of this watch is made from rosé gold and comes with the spectacular Frosted Gold finishing, we’ve already seen on models of the Royal Oak collection.
The two other models are white or pink gold with their bezels and lugs covered with diamonds. Their dials come with gorgeous, oversized roman numerals.
All cases measure very wearable 39,5 mm in diameter and are waterproof up to 20 meters.
The two metal bracelets added to the white and pink gold cases come with a Polish finishing. It gives the watches a vintage look and is inspired by the Milanese bracelets of the 1950s and 1960s. The Polish bracelet is a result of rolling-up a thread around an axis. This thread is then directed to the right, then to the left, to reate a regular alternation, whereas on the Milanese bracelet, the wires are all threaded in the same direction. Due to this process, every bracelet is individually handmade.
And: Audemars Piguet also offers a whole variety of additional straps – we are particularly fond of the purple one.
All three watches are run by the same calibre; the 5201, a mechanical movement which works at a frequency of 3 Hz and provides a power reserve of up to 49 hours.