Three new models are added into the Millenary set at SIHH next month, together with smaller cases and much more sparkle than ever before. The Millenary is one of three groups from Audemars And Piguet Watches Replica that include ladies’ watches, but essentially, it’s the most female-centric of their complete collections within the brand. The Royal Oak and the Royal Oak Offshore equally have ladies’ variations, but they began as, and are known chiefly as men’s collections. The jewelry collections are limited-edition one-offs, not made for everyday wear or pocketbooks. Gem-setting is a particular strength of this collection identifying the watches in the sportier Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore ladies’ pieces. At the same time, a partially openworked dial provides the Millenary a technical aspect — a reminder that it comes from one of the foremost makers of mechanical movements. The Millenary, last upgraded in 2015, will be refreshed with three new models at SIHH next month in Geneva, including two all-gold versions set with diamonds and one gold instance version with a strap.The case on the ring version has a “frosted gold” finish that gives it the look of hand-finished jewelry. Frosted gold is a collaboration between Audemars Piguet and Florentine jewelry designer Carolina Bucci, utilizing a technique called the Florentine method. It is made by employing a diamond-tipped instrument to produce tiny indentations throughout the surface, culminating in a shimmering glow, such as snow. The end was released last year on the women’ Royal Oak. On the Millenary, it is used between polished sections on the stepped bezel and lugs, and to areas of the case side. The signature offset sub-dials that record hours, minutes, and seconds are set with opal, a fresh dial substance for this group. Audemars Piguet also adds a style watch element to the strap version.
Though the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore line is usually about sporty aesthetics, there are exceptions, like the Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph Carbon. Oversized and chunky with a carbon composite case, it looks like the typical Offshore but the movement is special. The calibre 2897 is an automatic chronograph with tourbillon, wound by a peripheral rotor. This movement is not new, but for the first time the winding mechanism has been revealed on the dial.
|With a three armed cage and a twin-colour balance wheel, the tourbillon is in the signature style of Renaud & Papi|
A cut-out at one o’clock shows the winding gear and the ball bearing for the rotor. And the chapter ring of the dial with the minute markings is actually clear sapphire, revealing the peripheral rotor with its teeth that run all around the edge of the dial.
A typical winding rotor is a semicircular weight that covers half the movement. Here the movement can be admired in its entirety since the oscillating weight is just a slim piece of platinum that sits on the perimeter of the movement.
Constructed in the style typical of Renaud & Papi, the respected movement specialist owned by Audemars Piguet, the movement combines both classical and modern watchmaking. The bridges and chronograph mechanism are reminiscent of old pocket watches, and so is the grande sonnerie style winding click on the barrel.
The case is 44 mm in diameter, and made of carbon composite (essentially strands of carbon fibre mixed with a polymer), while the bezel, pushers and crown are ceramic. And the crown guard and case back are titanium.
Notably, the ceramic is finished to a remarkable degree that only Audemars Piguet Watches Ladies Replica has achieved in watchmaking. Unlike most ceramic watches which have a easy to achieve mirror polished surface, the ceramic bezel for example has a brushed top and polished flanks, with a brilliantly sharp edge in between.
With a price tag of US$273,200, this will be made in a limited edition of just 50 watches.