Audemars Piguet Millenary SIHH 2016

It was just a year ago when Audemars Piguet first debuted, to an impressive stir, a Millenary collection for the feminine wrist. 2016 follows the evolution of new materials and techniques that continue to underline the brand’s contemporary approach towards Haute Joaillerie and watchmaking.

The two gripping novelties are armed with the remarkable hand-wound 5205 and 5206 movements, that provide a power reserve of 49 hours.

The first model features the most entrancing interplay between diamonds and onyx where classic, humble crafts are abstracted to bold results. Its 18k white gold off-centred disc and small seconds counter are festooned with brilliant-cut diamonds and onyx, forming a hypnotic relief of a zebra pattern. The design is all the more remarkable if you consider the way in which the balance wheel and bridge have been seamlessly integrated into the design – a bravura feat that establishes the intertwined nature of AP’s gemsetting and watchmaking expertise and processes in order to have devised such technical and creative solutions.

Audemars Piguet Millenary SIHH 2016 (Pearls)

The second model in an 18k pink gold case, however, truly showcases the brand’s bastion-breaking approach with the implementation of pearls, a jewellery classic, thereby setting them free from their often fusty mould to become contemporary embellishments on a structurally and sophisticatedly cool timepiece.

Each pearl was hand-picked for its perfect roundness and size (1 mm diameter), and then set with exceptional precision by the master jewellers of AP. The dial features a unique geometric weave, adorned with pearls at each intersection against a slice of gleaming black onyx.

Each model is swathed in a total of 438 brilliant-cut diamonds and dons a crown set with an onyx cabochon.