Monday, December 12, 2011

Timepieces: Audemars Piguet Millenary 4101

The Millenary collection epitomises the brand identity by revealing a subtle blend of artistry and know-how. It surprises and appeals as much through its clever complex mechanisms as through its non-conformist models highlighting the three-dimensional aspect of their design. The four key assets of this collection are the sophisticated case, off-centred dial, variously sized hours and visible movement.

With the Millenary 4101, Audemars Piguet has just written a new chapter in its legend. By dint of patience and meticulous care, the watchmakers of the Manufacture in Le Brassus have succeeded in reversing the movement in order to reveal on the dial side that which is generally visible on the back. Viewed from the outside, the heart of the watch is displayed in all its splendour.

The Millenary 4101 asserts itself as the perfect expression of an idea that took shape and steadily matured in the mind of the Audemars Piguet teams before seeing the light of day. This model with its oval calibre exercises a persistent fascination testifying to the fact that the Manufacture in Le Brassus has once again superseded existing design codes and defied the laws of technology in order to master and even transcend these technical constraints.

Its designer made the deliberately daring choice to give the structure and functional aspects of the movement an essential role in terms of the overall aesthetic. This model features the sleek form of the oval case inherent to the Millenary collection, as well as the signature off-centred dial and imposing Roman numerals. The elaborate design of the watch is distinguished as much by this unusual three-dimensional appearance as by its atypical architecture.

Designed for men who find their way through time while making light of ephemeral trends and show a marked preference for audacity rather than slavishly following the crowd, the Millenary 4101 comes in two original interpretations: one in steel and the other in pink gold.

Audemar Piguet is available in South Africa:

Boutique Haute Horlogerie
Shop 28A
Upper Level Hyde Park Corner
Hyde Park

+27 11 325 4119

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