By Mimi Henderson
It took Audemars Piaget three years to perfect its newest Millenary watches for women — mechanical watches with a new movement. Indeed, 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.