Audemars Piguet was never one to underestimate its women. While numerous brands have been trumpeting their recent development of women’s watches that are as much about their technical merit as they are their aesthetics, as far as Audemars Piguet is concerned, it has always been the status quo. Of course, we’ve witnessed Audemars Piguet’s women’s line evolve over the decades – seeing through not only fashion shifts but also the changing lifestyles and roles of women in society – but it was always done under the precept that ladies watches needed to be both beautiful and mechanically impressive. In 1883, just eight years after the founding of Audemars Piguet, the company built its very first movement destined exclusively for ladies’ watches. At the time when wearing ladies’ timepieces was all about discretion, the manufacture focused on perfecting the art of miniaturizing the components of the movement, while maintaining the precision they are known for. A good number of these small movements found their way inside their jewelry timepieces in the early to mid- 19th century, including a caliber produced in 1927 that is believed to be the smallest one of its time. Just as was the practice, many timepieces produced during this period were one- offs, some of which have been carefully preserved at the Audemars Piguet museum. Demand and technology paved the way to increased production, and gave rise to a considerable number of women’s watches within the brand’s iconic collections, including the Royal Oak, Jules Audemars. Classique Clous de Paris and of course, the Millenary. To fully grasp how Audemars Piguet approaches its women’s line, however, it’s important to first understand its perception of this gender, which has always been of a highly independent and confident individual who in picking her timepiece looks far beyond aesthetics, expecting the watch to be a powerful statement all in itself. It is under such belief that Audemars Piguet shapes its ladies’ timepieces that are nothing short of self- assured, empowered and of course, visually stunning. Pieces that certainly fit this mold are the ladies’ watches made under the brand’s Millenary collection, which arguably is Audemars Piguet’s second most distinguishable line, next only to its formidable Royal Oak.
the modern Millenary
Launched in 1995, the full potential and identity of the Millenary were only truly realized much later, in 2007, with
This version of the Millenary has an 18K pink gold case with its bezel and lugs set with diamonds. Its dial has a white mother-of-pearl off-centered disc and small seconds counter, matched with powder-pink gold printed Roman numerals and pink gold hands;
Also on Katia is a jumpsuit and heels, both from Escada