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Up Close with the Audemars Piguet Millenary Openworked Replica Clearance

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph.

This is a watch that is known to many of you, it may not require much of an analysis — but this really is HODINKEE and you can think you’re gonna get you. The Royal Oak Chronograph is a wristwatch that has thousands of lovers the world over, and a couple of detractors, too. The ROC, since I’ll call it, is something of a middle ground between two completely different Audemars Piguet buyers — the collectors, and, well, everybody else. The Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore families frequently appeal to very different people, but I will get to that soon. Within this short article, I handle a mainstay in the AP lineup, along with an interesting bit of haute horology, though one without its in-house motion. I will have a look at just how this 41mm column-wheel, vertical clutch chronograph wears, and if the issue of where the movement came from is even something worth noting at all. That is the HODINKEE Week On The Wrist using all the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph, and it is one worth spending some time with.AP is a truly unique watch manufacture. It’s among the very few global haute horology brands which stays in the hands of its founding family, with different members of their Audemars family sitting on its board. But, the possession of AP is not always the most interesting side of this 175 year-old manufacture — the question that matters is who buys AP’s watches?

Five years ago Audemars Piguet Quartz Watches Replica unveiled the Millenary 4101, giving its ovoid timepiece an adventurous new look, imparting some of the excitement that accompanies the inevitable Royal Oak. At SIHH 2016 Audemars Piguet went one step further by skeletonising the 4101 to create the Millenary Openworked (ref. 15352OR.OO.D093CR.01) – an aesthetic exercise, but one that’s beautifully decorated and styled.

Conceived to have the movement form part of the dial, the movement inside the original Millenary 4101 was based on the calibre 3120, the basic in-house movement of Audemars Piguet. That was rejigged to give it a linear, left to right layout, as well as an off-centred sub-dial for the time, with the decorated base plate exposed as part of the dial, making the mechanics part of the aesthetics.

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With as much as possible removed, the Millenary Openworked the calibre 4105 reveals even more. The architecture of the calibre 4101 was retained, with its most prominent features remaining in place: two rows of large screws hold down a series of bridges that span the front vertically, and the balance wheel taking centrestage at nine o’clock. The sub-dial for the time has been open-worked as well, leaving the seconds as the only solid part on the front.

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Intricate enough to distract from the time, the skeleton movement is leaves little to the imagination. You can literally peer inside.

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Up close the movement acquits itself well, with a high level of finishing, especially on the front of the parts. Audemars Piguet leans towards a clean look for its skeleton movements (ditto for the Royal Oak skeletons), so the bridges are finished with a fine, grained surface and a dark grey plating. But there is no mistaking the hand-finishing, particularly on the many polished bevels as well as mirror-polished screw heads. The bevelling on the sharp, inward angles of the bridges is notably masterful.

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Some things are best left to the imagination 

That being said, and this is a shortcoming of many skeleton watches, too much can be revealed. The underside of the balance wheel, for instance, is readily visible from the back. It is unfinished, showing the shallow divots milled out for poising. Flip over the balance wheel in any high-end, serially-produced watch and it will look the same, but it is not the prettiest part of the movement.

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Pricing and availability 

At 47 mm in diameter is large, but not excessively so, since the shape is oval rather than round. It has substantial presence, looking expensive on the wrist, as it should, given the stiff price tag. The Millenary Openworked (ref. 15352OR.OO.D093CR.01) is priced at S$94,300, equivalent to US$68,100.