By Gordon Henderson
After three years of development in its quest to target the under-served women’s high-end watch market, Audemars Piaget has unveiled several impressive all-new Millenary watches. In fact, Audemars Piguet has a long history of creating timepieces for women ever since it’s founding in 1875. You can read about some of those pieces here and on our sister blog, WatchSeduction.com.
The new Millenary watches – characterized by the horizontal oval shape of the brand’s long-standing Millenary line – do not disappoint, especially since the women’s watches are equipped with an all-new in-house-made movement (caliber 5201) that further underscores the brand’s dedication to creating significant pieces for women.
The hand-wound Caliber 5201 consists of 157 components and offers small seconds indication, as well as off-centered time-indication dial to allow dial-side viewing of the mainplate and certain meticulously finished movement parts. The movement complete with the module for the sub-seconds indication measures just 4.16mm thick and beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour. The 19-jewel caliber offers 54 hours of power reserve.
This superb movement- finished to the same exacting standards as any other Audemars Piguet caliber – is housed in a 39.5mm oval case that measures 9.80mm thick and is water resistant to 20 meters. There are three versions of the watch, each with a mother-of-pearl off-center dial and sub-seconds dial.
One model, crafted in 18-karat white gold, features a diamond-set bezel and lugs – with more than 116 brilliant-cut diamonds — and is finished with a pink sapphire cabochon crown. This model offers rose-gold rimmed dials and rose-gold hands for striking contrast to the white gold case. There is also a pink-gold cased version of this watch that offers harmonious appeal with the matching case, hands and dial rims.
The third version is a higher-diamond beauty. Crafted in 18-karat white gold, the watch features blued gold hands and is meticulously set with 438 brilliant-cut diamonds on the case, case sides and lugs. Another 136 diamonds adorn the inner hour/minute dial. The winding crown is finished with a blue sapphire cabochon for a rhapsody in blue and shimmer that is a real eye catcher. All version features anti-reflective sapphire crystals and are offered with large-square scale alligator straps. The rose gold and white gold versions retail for $28,400 and $30,700. The blue diamond model sell for $60,600.