Audemars Piguet Millenary New Models – Pink Gold Version with Frosted Gold finish and White Opal Dial, White Gold and Pink Gold Versions with Mother-of Pearl Dial

At SIHH haute-horlogerie exhibition 2018, Audemars Piguet launched three new Millenary models featuring new details, materials and finishing techniques, each a distinct expression of the watch’s personality. White opal appears for the first time in this collection, framed by the Frosted Gold finished exterior. Beautifully crafted gold bracelets woven in the Polish style lend a vintage touch to this unique women’s collection that marries technical handcraft with seductive aesthetics.

Opal is a fragile stone, exceptionally challenging to work. The cut and polished opals used in the new Millenary model are chosen with extreme care. Only the most precious, white stones are selected for their vivid iridescence. Each one is unique, with its own fire: essentially made from silica and water, the opal’s silica spheres are arranged in more-or-less compact structures that dissect light, transforming it according to the angle of observation.

The white opal dial with small seconds is framed by the 18-carat pink gold case with Frosted Gold finish on the case sides, bezel, inner bezel and lugs. The Frosted Gold effect is set off by a pink gold Polish mesh bracelet.

Two new Millenary models come in white gold and pink gold with mother-of pearl dials and diamond-set bezel and lugs. The innovative feature: matching, Polish woven gold bracelets.

The beautifully crafted bracelets are made in the classic Polish style to give a supple mesh that fits comfortably on the wrist. Both Milanese and Polish mesh bracelets are made from long, gold-wire ‘springs’ that are woven together to obtain a chainmail structure that can be sawn, welded and assembled by hand. The difference between the two lies in the way the wires are rolled up.

With the Milanese bracelet, the wires are arranged in the same direction resulting in a simpler construction. With the more complex Polish style, the wires are arranged in alternate directions, giving a richer, smoother finish.

The new Millenary watches house the hand-wound 5201 Manufacture caliber that powers hour, minute and small seconds display.

Technical details

Movement
Hand-wound Manufacture Calibre 5201
Total diameter 28.59 x 32.74mm (12 ¾ x 14 ½ lignes)
Total thickness 4.16mm
Number of jewels 19
Number of parts 157
Minimal guaranteed power reserve 49h
Frequency of balance wheel 3Hz (=21,600 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Hours, minutes and small seconds

Models

Millenary, Reference 77244OR.GG.1272OR.01
– Case: Hammered and satin-finished 18-carat pink gold case, 39.5 x 35.4mm, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and case-back, crown set with a translucent sapphire cabochon, water-resistant to 20m
– Dial: White opal off-centered disc and small second counter, pink gold hands.
Off-centered disc in opal = 0.85 carats & small second dial in opal = 0.10 carats
– Bracelet: 18-carat pink gold Polish bracelet with folding clasp

Millenary, Reference 77247BC.ZZ.1272BC.01
– Case: 18-carat white gold case, 39.5 x 35.4mm, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, diamond-set bezel and lugs, crown set with a pink sapphire cabochon, water-resistant to 20m
– Dial: White mother-of-pearl off-centered disc and small seconds counter, anthracite
Roman numeral transfers, pink gold hands
– Bracelet: 18-carat white gold Polish bracelet with folding clasp

Millenary, Reference: 77247OR.ZZ.1272OR.01
– Case: 18-carat pink gold case, 39.5 x 35.4mm, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and case-back, diamond-set bezel and lugs, crown set with a pink sapphire cabochon, water-resistant to 20m
– Dial: White mother-of-pearl off-centered disc and small seconds counter, gold-toned
Roman numeral transfers, pink gold hands
– Bracelet: 18-carat pink gold Polish bracelet with folding clasp

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