Hands-On with the Audemars Piguet Millenary Frosted Gold Opal Dial

Hands-On with the Audemars Piguet Millenary Frosted Gold Opal Dial

The Audemars Piguet Millenary Frosted Gold Opal Dial is my horological dream come valid. Engaging on a tasteful and specialized level, the Millenary Frosted Gold Opal Dial wears its pulsating heart on its sleeve and plays with volume, surface, and light in a contemporary key. Ladylike yet self-assured, this Millenary model contradicts customary women’s watches. As François-Henri Bennahmias, CEO of Audemars Piguet likes to say: “ladies’ watches shouldn’t be restricted to contracting, pinking and adding a couple of precious stones.” And, as you will see, there is literally nothing shrinky, pinky or diamondy about the Millenary Frosted Gold.

An curved case

Technically known as ‘circular’ – and not the benevolent you would discover in an exercise center – the oval-molded instance of the Millenary has a natural and inherently ladylike allure. Circular or egg-molded cases are not common but rather show up in the domain of very good quality watchmaking, with models like Ulysse Nardin’s Jade or Breguet’s Reine de Naples watch and Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye . Measuring 39.5mm in measurement, the pink gold instance of the Millenary Frosted Gold may appear to be huge on paper, yet when worn, its extended oval measurements spread out evenly on the wrist offering a liberal window on the hypnotizing dial.

Frosted Gold is cooler than diamonds

First utilized on the Royal Oak Frosted Gold assortment of 2016, the method was created by AP related to Florentine adornments originator Carolina Bucci. Indeed, even the name given to this gold pounding method is enticing, yet stand by until you see and feel the impact it makes on a strong gold surface. Shimmering with an unpretentious chilly shimmer, the gold appears to have been sitting in a cooler short-term. To ‘frost’ a piece of gold, a precious stone tipped instrument is applied to the surface to make little spaces that radiance in the light.

At the AP stand this year, a watchmaker was available with his icing apparatus and let me give it a shot on a piece of metal. What was amazing was the somewhat abrasive, sandy surface of the frosted gold. A material encounter you don’t ordinarily experience in watchmaking, this intriguing surface loans the Audemars Piguet Millenary Frosted Gold Opal Dial a contemporary vibe.

A cool stone dial

Described as the chameleon of gemstones, opals put on an act like no other gemstone on Earth. Eminent for their hypnotizing ‘play of shading’ valuable opals emanate blazing, radiant tones relying upon the light and point of perception. The one of a kind, entrancing shimmer is brought about by the diffraction of light on minute circles of silica stacked in the inside of the stone. Denoting the first run through opal has been utilized in the Millenary assortment – dispatched back in 1995 – both the helter-skelter hours and minutes and crossing little seconds circles are created in white opal. Famously precarious to cut due to its natural delicacy, two bits of white opal do something amazing 1970s groove on the dial.

The rest of the stage is given to AP’s hand-wound assembling type 5201 contribution an unmistakable perspective on the steel extensions and equilibrium wheel, held set up by a gold scaffold with thick Côtes de Genève stripes. Situated just to one side and beneath the raised foundation of the opal dials, the equilibrium wheel is similar size as the little seconds counter.

An oval-formed movement

The three-dimensional design of type 5201 structures a vital piece of the feel of the watch. The controlling organ – equilibrium, bed and escapement – is situated on the dial side of the watch permitting the wearer to see the core of the development at a glance.

The oval state of type 5201 was customized by AP for the Millenary family. This manual-twisting development, with 157 sections, a 49-hour power save, has a recurrence of 3Hz to keep the hours, minutes and little seconds in amazing synchronize. Improved with Côtes de Genève stripes and perlage, the development, in the same way as other AP developments, has a rough, mechanical allure with uncovered screws and an abundance of steel bridges.

A Polish mesh gold bracelet

In expansion to the person with the icing wand, there was another AP skilled worker available to show the method behind a Polish mesh gold bracelet. Like Milanese bracelets, Polish bracelets are produced using long looping wires, for this situation of pink gold. In contrast to Milanese bracelets, in which the snaking wires are masterminded a similar way, a Polish bracelet weaves the wires in substituting bearings making a more extravagant and all the more outwardly expand texture.

Wearing the watch is a tangible experience: the heaviness of the gold on your wrist; the grainy surface of the frosted gold standing out from the glossy silk completed perfection of other case parts; the smooth polished Polish bracelet; and normally, the visual exhibition of the development moving upgraded with the hallucinogenic opalescence of the dial.

The cost of the Audemars Piguet Millenary Frosted Gold Opal Dial is EUR 54,300. More subtleties on audemarspiguet.com .