AUDEMARS PIGUET – MILLENARY HAND-WOUND
TAKE A WATCH ON THE WILD SIDE
When the Vallée de Joux watchmaker tames a wild animal, they unleash a precious and rare watch with personality for women who know what they want.
If you take a close look at the Audemars Piguet collections, you soon see that the Brassus brand likes to gives its pieces personality just like the famous Royal Oak by Gérald Genta. The Millenary Hand-Wound model epitomises watchmaking imbued with strong design. It’s designed for 21st century women, is multi-facetted and plays on paradoxes with its feminine, maternal, oval curves and raw exposed mechanism. Soft yet strong, wise yet mad, traditional yet anti-conformist: the Millenary Hand-Wound is certainly a rule breaker.
To enhance its ambivalent personality, Audemars Piguet has given it a wild side but that doesn’t mean it’s fierce; everything comes together naturally on the Millenary Hand-Wound dial. Its look is certainly eye-catching but pleasingly so with slim stripes, clashing bubbles and black and white contrasts. To sum up, it’s a wild and complex animal occupying the entire territory embodied by the dial including the mechanism.
The zebra’s coat covers almost all the dial apart from an oblong display running from 8 to 10 which leaves part of the balance wheel bridge hanging in the air. The glittering hide alternates between wide monochrome onyx strips and stripes paved with 140 brilliant-cut diamonds. Two bevelled white gold discs camouflaged by the two-tone design lie off-centre and seem to collide. Two yellow gold spear-shape hands at 3 display the hours and minutes whilst the seconds tick down in their own counter at 6.
The time functions and 49-hour power reserve are fuelled by the manual wind 5205 calibre inside the white gold diamond-covered oval case and crown with an onyx cabochon.
Price: 67,000 CHF
By Sharmila Bertin