The new Audemars Piguet Millenary Frosted Gold Philosophique challenges the traditional method of perusing time with only one hand for the hours and minutes. Obviously not a watch for individuals fixated on chronometer-grade exactness, time is intended to be perused roughly, plus or minus a couple of moments to a great extent. Unique and shuddering with irregular surfaces and completes, the Millenary Philosophique sports another programmed development and comes in two forms: 18k pink gold with an earthy colored dial and 18k white gold with a blue dial. Let’s examine this irregular and poetical timepiece.
The recognizing highlight of Audemars Piguet’s Millenary assortment is its oval-molded case. Presented in 1995, it initially provided food for people the same yet since 2015 just highlights ladies’ models in the line-up. With its liberal case size of 39.5mm, the Millenary has become something of an exhibit for inventiveness, distinctive abilities and offbeat, topsy turvy dials frequently uncovering portions of the mechanical development, much the same as this variant .
The Philosophique single-hand watch isn’t new to Audemars Piguet. Truth be told, the principal single-hand Philosophique model showed up in 1982, a hand-wound explanation watch that went against the ultra-exactness quartz watches obliterating the market for mechanical watches around then. The first Philosophique watch thusly referred to single-hand pocket watches from an earlier time and needed wearers to ‘philosophise’ about the thought of taking a break. Who cares, all things considered, in the event that you are one moment off?
Like MeisterSinger’s single-hand watches, time is perused ‘around’ (notice how there isn’t so much as brief track between the applied hour markers). On the off chance that the hand is smack somewhere in the range of 6 and 7 o’clock, for instance, it is 6:30, in the event that it is nearer to the 6 o’clock marker it very well may be 5 or 10 minutes past the hour.
However, the most intriguing part of the Millenary Frosted Gold Philosophique is observing how the single hand floats around the dial. Something bizarre is occurring. Rather than being fixed smack in the focal point of the dial as show would direct, the hand is appended to the outskirts of a focal pivoting plate. As the hand completes its clockwise movement around the dial, the plate supporting it pivots an anticlockwise way making an inquisitive special visualization. In any case, there is more: on account of a licensed instrument, the hand follows a circular direction around the dial to coordinate the curved state of the case. Investigate the video toward the start of this article to perceive how the hand moves over the dial.
The oval-formed instance of the Millenary Frosted Gold Philosophique has a natural and inherently ladylike allure. Circular or egg-formed cases are not common but rather show up in the domain of very good quality watchmaking, with models like Breguet’s Reine de Naples watch – worn vertically though.
Measuring 39.5mm in width with a tallness of 10.9mm, the frosted completion of the gold cases is totally staggering. Brightened with flickering frosted zones and differentiating hand-cleaned inclines, the case acquires a method acquainted with the brand by the Florentine diamond setter Carolina Bucci (the Millenary Opal model additionally includes this completion). To commend the Royal Oak’s 40th birthday celebration in 2016 , Audemars Piguet enrolled Carolina Bucci to plan another gold habillage for the watch. Motivated by a high quality Florentine gold pounding method, which Bucci utilizes on her bigger gems pieces, the case and arm band of the Royal Oak were pounded to make a sparkling chilly surface, like the watch had quite recently been removed from the freezer.
Using a jewel tipped apparatus, little spaces are pounded (bored, in the event that you need to be in fact right) into the surface making a unique shimmer and a fascinating somewhat sandy surface. A long way from being restricted to ladies’ watches, different men’s 41mm Royal Oak models are decked out with this frosted completion. Aside from its eye-getting surface, the magnificence of this pounded finish is that it is scratch-safe. The two models have a cabochon set in the crown, blue sapphire for the blue model and a clear one for the earthy colored watch.
The dials, in blue or earthy colored, likewise have a captivating perspective with sporadic dimples or depressions that are pounded on a superficial level by hand. Somewhat like the lopsided spaces you can find in Stone Age apparatuses, the bizarre handmade dial and frosted case add a natural, human touch that is so frequently missing in watches. The single hand is additionally created in gold to coordinate the case and one of its features is cleaned while the other is frosted, much the same as the completions working on this issue. In certain light conditions, the cleaned feature of the hand really disappears.
Joining the line-up of hand-wound models, the new Millenary Frosted Gold Philosophique comes with an in-house programmed development, type 3140, a variation of the type 3120 utilized broadly at Audemars Piguet yet with extra (and protected) designing for the circular direction of the single hand. Not at all like the oval-molded hand-twisted developments of other Millenary models, this programmed type is round. A 43 gem development composed of 234 sections the recurrence of the equilibrium wheel is 21,600vph/3Hz and the force save is of 50 hours. The showcase caseback uncovers portions of the development and the golden rotor with a frosted foundation like the case and engraved Audemars and Piguet family peaks loaded up with one or the other earthy colored or blue enamel to coordinate the dial.
This is unmistakably a watch that will create love or scorn responses. By and by, I love it. It’s unique, it’s somewhat unordinary and it is exquisite without being conspicuous. It likewise figures out how to shimmer like ice without having a single gemstone set for the situation (barring the sapphire cabochon). Combined with the solitary pounded dial, the way that you can see and feel the hand of the craftsman is something I esteem tremendously. As to presence, this watch has a great deal of that. It is liberally proportioned yet sits perfectly on the wrist.
What’s the point, some will ask, of having an exact programmed development beneath deck when time isn’t shown to the closest moment, quit worrying about second? I surmise the appropriate response is that this is more about tasteful delight and a somewhat casual disposition to exactitude, an extravagance some fortunate ladies can bear. Maybe the solitary thing I don’t care for about this watch is the improvement on the rotor – altogether too much ‘heraldic’ trumpeting for my taste.
Both forms of the Audemars Piguet Millenary Frosted Gold Philosophique come with gator ties; a chocolaty earthy colored for the pink gold and naval force blue for the white gold – and both convey a sticker price of EUR 30,000. For more data, kindly counsel audemarspiguet.com .