So­phis­ti­cated Ladies

Aude­mars Piguet ups the ante with its lat­est women’s cre­ations

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Af­ter serv­ing as se­ri­ous eye candy at the Salon In­ter­na­tional de la Haute Hor­logerie in Jan­uary, Aude­mars Piguet’s daz­zling trio of new Mil­lenary watches, first re­vealed in Dubai in late 2017, fi­nally ar­rived in Hong Kong in sum­mer 2018. Although in essence there isn’t a rad­i­cal dif­fer­ence be­tween these three el­e­gant ovoid stun­ners and ear­lier pieces from the Mil­lenary line – they’re all pow­ered by Aude­mars’ im­pres­sive, hand- wound 5201 move­ment that of­fers al­most 50 hours of power – each in its own way is ab­so­lutely gorgeous. Two of them, set with di­a­monds around the bezel and lugs, and at­tached with slinky, sup­ple Pol­ish- mesh bracelets, are neari­den­ti­cal, ex­cept that one comes in pink gold and the other in white gold. Each fea­tures an off­set white mother- of- pearl main dial and an asym­met­ri­cal small­sec­onds counter with pinkgold hands. The move­ment is partly vis­i­ble through the front crys­tal; equally eye- catch­ing are the large Ro­man nu­mer­als on the main dial and the pink sap­phire cabo­chon- set crowns.

Although fol­low­ing a sim­i­lar ba­sic de­sign, the third new Mil­lenary fea­tures a pink- gold case with frosted satin fin­ish­ing ( an ex­quis­ite treat­ment de­vel­oped by Floren­tine jeweller Carolina Bucci) on the bezel and lugs, while its off­set dial and sub­dial are in opal, hence their del­i­cate in­ter­play of colour. It’s at­tached to the wrist by a blue rub­ber strap, also with frosted fin­ish­ing, with the al­ter­na­tives of an al­li­ga­tor strap in light blue and also black rub­ber. The fi­nal flour­ish: a translu­cent sap­phire cabo­chon- set crown. Although ex­ud­ing fem­i­nin­ity, these three pieces – which each mea­sure 28.59 x 32.74mm – serve as elo­quent state­ments of horo­log­i­cal ex­per­tise that should en­tice the grow­ing body of women watch en­thu­si­asts, not least through their use of a beau­ti­fully worked hand- wound move­ment.

FROM LEFT: THE PINK- GOLD, WHITE- GOLD AND FROSTED MIL­LENARY WATCHES

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