After the official unveiling during the Dubai Watch Week, let us take a closer look at the new models of Audemars Piguet’s Millenary family – ahead of SIHH 2018.
Millenary means contemporary design, architecture and art
Launched in 2015, the Millenary family retrieves its inspiration from contemporary design embracing exceptional mechanical skills. A three-dimensional composition framed in an elliptical case and an off-centred dial that are the timepiece’s trademarks.
Waiting for the 2018 edition of SIHH, Audemars Piguet enriches and enhances its Millenary watches by re-imagining it, in a superposition of layers that reveal all the beauty of their beating heart thanks to a hand-wound Manufacture movement built back to front.
A new retro look
A precious new element added to the collection is a selection of ‘second-skin type’ bracelets, which polish finishing transforms the watch by endowing it with a pleasant retro look – aesthetically in line with the case’s shape and the roman numerals on the dial.
A bracelet that looks similar to the Milanese one, but with a technical (in literal terms) twist. While on the Milanese bracelet the wires are all threaded in the same direction, on the Millenary the threads of the handmade bracelet go to the right, then to the left, to create a regular alternation.
Frosted gold embraces the opal
The most precious variation introduced in the Millenary family is the one featuring an opal dial – a fine gemstone for the first time acting as the protagonist on a Millenary timepiece.
This precious dial is embraced by a bezel enhanced by the Frosted Gold finishing technique, introduced early in 2017 on the Royal Oak collection and created in collaboration with Florentine designer Carolina Bucci (read the article on the Royal Oak Frosted Gold here).
A ‘diamond dust’ that highlights the bezel, the inner bezel, the top of the lugs and the case’s sides at 9 and 3 o’clock – all frosted.
Colour is King
The Millenary timepieces characterise themselves by being stylish and sophisticated, with a powerful feminine identity. To add some vanity to the piece, and to make a fashion statement, a new line of straps complemented the watches – new textures, new patterns, new colours that the wearer can change at its own will.
From blue to gray, from red to pink, to light and green and purple, all with a choice of finishes – rubber, alligator, textile or even velvet – these are expressions of style in tune with the latest fashion trends, expressing the character of the women who wear a Millenary timepiece at its best.