At Dubai Watch Week, Audemars Piguet unveiled the latest additions to the ladies’ Millenary Collection. It’s been a while since we heard anything about the Millenary. As Audemars Piguet’s second most notable collection – behind the Royal Oak, of course – the Millenary has remained a dressier stalwart option for the manufacture since its introduction in 1995. While the three pieces you see here aren’t groundbreakingly new, they d0 add different looks to the existing ladies’ collection. Let’s see what the new pieces are all about.
First things first, the watch itself is the same ladies’ Millenary that I discussed with Jack in 2015. The watch features a characteristic east-west ovoid case that measures 28.59mm by 32.74mm, with stepped lugs. The in-house caliber 5201 is partially visible through the front of the watch, with the hours and minute dial set off to the side, and a subsidiary seconds dial asymmetrically set within. The watch has a 49-hour power reserve and is manually-wound. It is nothing short of impressive for a women’s piece, showing off as much technical prowess as aesthetic flourish.
The three “new” pieces are technically the same, with but with decorative updates. The first two are set with diamonds, with either a pink or white gold case and bracelet as the base. They both come on beautifully crafted “Polish mesh” bracelets that match the case metal. These Polish bracelets are slightly more comfortable than the typical Milanese mesh, featuring a tighter weave that is achieved by weaving a series of threads around an axis from left to right rather than in the same direction (as is the case with the Milanese bracelet).
The third addition to the collection is a Millenary with an 18k frosted pink gold case. Yes, Audemars Piguet has applied my beloved wintery treatment to yet another watch. The finish carries across the case’s various surfaces and onto those stepped lugs too. Taking it all a step further, the dials on this model are made of opal. It’s worth noting that opals are very soft stones, so one can only imagine how tricky it must have been to make these. The effect against the frosted case is extraordinary.
Frustratingly, pricing on these three watches will not be announced until SIHH, so be sure to check back then. And in the meantime, check out the rest of the Millenary Collection at AudemarsPiguet.com.