The new Millenary Frosted Gold Philosophique watch by Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet takes inspiration from the aesthetics of 17th-century single-hand timepieces.
This abstract watch has been meticulously hand-finished by Audemars Piguet’s watchmakers, in the highest respect traditions. The 18-carat pink or white gold case presents alternating satin brushing and Frosted Gold finishing, a technique Audemars Piguet owes to Florentine jewellery designer Carolina Bucci.
The diamond-dust effect it creates, which results from hours of meticulous micro-hammering, nicely contrasts with the hand-polished bevels adorning the case and lugs.
Adding a subtle touch of colour, the see-through caseback reveals the oscillating weight, which coloured plates recall the hand-crafted dimpled dial in shades of brown or blue. The single hour hand is polished and sand-blasted.
Adding to the current hand-wound collection, this watch is equipped with a new selfwinding movement, calibre 3140.
This movement is endowed with a patented mechanism which ticks the hand around the dial in an elliptical trajectory. The hour wheel directly corresponds with a transparent disc on the dial, on which the single hand is mounted. This enables the hand to follow a clear trajectory despite the elliptical case.
Audemars Piguet introduced its first Philosophique watch in 1982, in the midst of the quartz crisis. The advent of quartz shook the foundation of the watchmaking industry, spurring watchmakers to find innovative solutions to the ravages caused by the emergence of this new technology. The Manufacture responded by breaking mechanical records with its world’s thinnest perpetual calendar mechanism in 1978, as well as by releasing revolutionary mechanical watches combining tradition and avant-gardist design.
Defying quartz, Audemars Piguet introduced its first hand-wound “Philosophique” watch in 1982, inviting wearers to question the notion of passing time. This model brought back to the beginning of time measurement devices, which were equipped with a single hour hand until the beginning of the 18th century to simplify energy transmission. By telling time philosophically and sentimentally, the Manufacture also liberated time from the constraints of the modern industry’s relentless quest for precision.
Since it first appeared in 1995, the Millenary has been a canvas for creativity with its elliptical case, eccentric dials and visible hand-wound movement. Inspired by architecture and art, this watch of contrasts intertwines technical savoir-faire and innovative design. While the collection was originally conceived for men, the first models for women made their appearance in 1998, becoming more prominent over the years. Since 2015, the collection has been exclusively designed for women presenting off-beat and multifaceted models endowed with a wide array of materials and finishing techniques, including chamfering, satin brushing and Frosted Gold finishing. The creativity of the Millenary collection can also be seen with the new 2019 Millenary Frosted Gold Aventurine.
Model: Millenary Frosted Gold Philosophique // 39.5 x 35.4 mm
White gold model: 77266BC.GG.1272BC.01
Pink gold model: 77266OR.GG.1272OR.01
Hour hand display
Self-winding Manufacture Calibre 3140
Total diameter: 32 mm (14¼ lignes)
Total thickness: 2.89 mm
Number of parts: 256
Number of jewels: 37
Minimal guaranteed power reserve: 40h
Frequency of balance wheel: 2.75Hz (19,800 vibrations/hour)
Hammered and satin-finished 18-carat pink or white gold case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback, crown set with a translucent or blue sapphire cabochon, water-resistant to 20 m.
Brown or blue “hammered-like” dial, white or pink gold hand
Brown or blue alligator strap