Plaza Watch International - - Sihh Roundup -

In a way, the Aude­mars Piguet Mil­lenary Woman is the watch that many fe­male en­thu­si­asts have been wait­ing for. In or­der to un­der­stand this, let’s back up a tad. A few years ago the Le Bras­sus-based brand in­tro­duced the oval Mil­lenary 4101 model out­fit­ted with the brands own Robin-in­spired es­cape­ment. While the es­cape­ment doesn’t seem to be much in reg­u­lar use at AP, the oval-shaped case has cer­tainly grown on col­lec­tors, as has the tech­ni­cal look of its open-worked dial. The Mil­lenary Woman is housed in a more del­i­cate ren­di­tion (39.5mm x 9.80 mm) of that orig­i­nal Mil­lenary case, which mea­sures 47 x 13mm. The case is some­what smaller and much more el­e­gant thanks to its flat­ter na­ture. How­ever, it re­tains all of the orig­i­nal Mil­lenary look thanks to the off-cen­tre place­ment of the two sub­di­als (one show­ing the hours and min­utes and one dis­play­ing the sec­onds). On the other side of the open­worked dial, the bal­ance – which os­cil­lates along­side a reg­u­lar Swiss lever es­cape­ment, al­beit with vari­able-in­er­tia bal­ance wheel and free-sprung bal­ance spring – re­mains in full view beat­ing away un­der­neath a solid gold-coloured bridge. Nat­u­rally there are gem­stones in­volved. The one fly in the ointment re­gard­ing most watches aimed at tak­ing shares in the grow­ing mar­ket for fe­male con­nois­seurs is that they want to force feed di­a­monds to us. The Mil­lenary Woman comes in a white or pink gold oval case whose crown is set with a blue sap­phire cabo­chon. The di­a­mond set­ting ranges be­tween a light sprin­kling of 116 bril­liant-cut stones (0.6kt) on the bezel and lugs of the pink gold case through 136 bril­liant-cut di­a­monds on the dial of the white gold ver­sion (0.26kt) all the way through 438 bril­liant-cut di­a­monds on the case and buckle of the white gold case (1.93kt). ED

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