I am always curious as to what the thought process is when admirable watch makers design watches after cars. They never seem to look too much like the cars they are modeled after. this might be a bit of an exception as at least the colors match. Do you think that cars are ever modeled after watches? Maybe. Well this is the Audemars Piguet Millenary White Gold Ladies Watch Replica Millenary MC12 Tourbillon Chronograph. Let me unravel that name for a moment. The “Millenary” title alludes to the stlye of the case and the “MC12” name refers to the Maserati super car that the watch is based on. The MC12 is basically a race car, not even really sure if it is street legal. The MC12 is Masterati’s version of the Ferrari Enzo. Then you have the tourbillon complication and the 30 minute chronograph. Audemars Piguet also throws in a power reserve indicator for the Calibre 2884 manually wound movement.
The motion finishing, it has to be mentioned, is phenomenal — not only is it very beautifully done out of a design perspective, but it’s the superb comparison of sharp and rounded transitions that are only afforded by hand-finished, sharp internal corners.And it is due to such facts that Audemars Piguet Millenary Pianoforte Replica have succeeded where so many neglect, finding space where there is apparently none, also providing us an almost unobstructed view of Calibre 4105. The two principal criteria for assessing an openworked watch are transparency, and the level to which the openworking interrupts the inherent elegance of the motion, and here we believe AP has triumphed extremely well.This uniquely oval-shaped and partly inverted automated movement comes with a lever escapement and porcelain ball bearings. Self-winding, it beats at 4 Hz, with a power reserve of 60 hours.A final word on the form of this movement: since many HODINKEE readers will be aware, not all instances are formed following their motion. Many square stools home round calibers, and it would have been potential for Audemars Piguet to create an oblong shaped watch the exact same way. But it speaks volumes they’ve chosen a more creative path — building the case after its movement — and their Openworked model highlights the reason AP has stuck tightly by it.The Millenary is a wristwatch that — had it been signed by anyone aside from the name supporting the Royal Oak — might easily have been the flagship of their men’s collection. As it is, it’s an incredibly beautifully done example of the impact that the exceptionally conservative craft of motion openworking can happen when it’s married to some uniquely shaped movement, in a dynamically proportioned timepiece — demonstrating quite clearly the way the Millenary ultimately rises over any concerns of contrasts with the Royal Oak, and succeeds, both generally and in this specific instance, purely on its merits.
This partly sits under a smaller round dial for subsidiary moments featuring Arabic numerals. This design proffers a fantastic three dimensional character.However, the rule breaking does not quit with the situation and dial layout. Look at the motion within. A gold balance bridge is visible adjacent to the dial, with the balance, lever and escapement placed to front not following conference but reminding its wearer of this beating heart of the majestic creature.Audemars Piguet don’t deceive the horological cognoscenti with round moves in an oval home. The calibre shares its elliptical shape with the instance, no simple or expedient feat.Try to attempt to count the bridges introduced to you through the sapphire crystals front and back. An evaluation of mental agility, you begin to eliminate count. There are 12 in total all presented with perfect finissage.Dwell more and pleasure from the Côtes de Genève and the perlage. Haute horology is alive and well in Le Brassus. No fanciful fashion to be discarded in a few decades, this view comes with an honesty to become cherished.Do not misconstrue, this is not outré or crass but innovative structure with breathtaking ingenuity exemplified. I am not unique in my passion for the design of the timepiece. This watch respects tradition but doesn’t revere convention and that’s why I believe Audemars Piguet’s most up-to-date strapline succintly defines the brand DNA and underscores why I’m a lover of this marvellous timepiece.
Far left, the opening at the plate provides a much needed dose of negative space to the mix, and the it is echoed by the black dial for the sub-seconds. That dial establishes the top plane of the design, and also the lower depths (to receive a tiny purple) are lit up from the train stones — the layout, therefore, is not just deployed across two dimensions, but has a great deal of subtle but definite thickness as well.There is actually a fantastic deal more that could be said concerning the design — how the different surfaces reflect is worth a story in itself, and this may look like another watch entirely based upon the angle at which it’s hit by the light — although the take-home for me is that this is a very, very complicated exercise in horological layout. It is not going to be everybody’s brand of vodka, for sure, but I think Audemars Piguet Millenary Minute Repeater Price Replica deserves a lot of credit for sticking with what commercially is a very challenging design and after some ancient designs that talked more to the struggle of dealing with it than anything else, they’ve hit on a way to create a wristwatch in an oval case that causes you to wonder, maybe not why anyone would try, but why more people aren’t doing this well.The Millenary 4101 in stone: $40,300. Case, 47mm x 13mm; pink gold, water resistance 20m. Dial, anthracite and silver toned dial off centered disk, black tiny seconds counter tops, pink gold applied Roman numerals and hands. I think that it’s pretty clear that in general, it is often obvious that a brand, or its designers, have a specific sex in mind when they create a certain watch. .
Generally speaking, I was extremely happy with this opinion. It was tasteful and comfy. My single request from Audemars Piguet is to make the 39.5 mm situation in stainless steel (no diamonds) since I think it would make the look a little more flexible, and allow it to be worn as an everyday watch.The retail for this watch is $28,400, which, provided the manufacturer, quality of this watch, and the motion, isn’t totally mad for this piece.The Millenary 4101 isalso to the extent that there is anything, the entry-level version in the Millenary line. One of the most memorable Millenary models in Audemars Piguet’s recent history are complex watches, though the oblong case shape has been around since the mid-1990s and has been the foundation for a really wide selection of men’s and women’s timepieces — everything from time-only to exceptionally large complications.Though it is true that the Royal Oak and Offshore throw a long shadow, so it’s also true that Audemars Piguet has managed to generate the Millenary line not just closely identified with the firm, but also a stage for showcasing or introducing a number of its most impressive achievements. It says something about AP’s own perspective on the Millenary it was the watch the company selected in 2006 as the stage on which to exhibit its lead urge, AP escapement (in the absurdly beautiful Cabinet Piece No. 5, and more recently, at the Millenary Minute Repeater) and its own new calendar complication, the Quadriennium. (The Quadriennium is a type of demi-perpetual calendar; it automatically corrects the date for all months, for example February, but does need to be corrected manually to the 29th of February in a Leap Year.)
Undoubtedly one of the most technically innovative watchmakers of the 20th century, Audemars Piguet Millenary White Gold Ladies Watch Replica can also be one of its important creative forces. With the Royal Oak, they did with watches what Apple and Nike were able to do with computers and sneakers — which is, to subtly alter the usual traces of a standard solution, and turn it in an icon.In fact, Audemars Piguet has managed to create not one, but among the most recognizable timepieces of the modern era — the Royal Oak and the Millenary. The Royal Oak’s layout is widely recognized as a stroke of genius today, but at its own launch several discovered it either disturbing or implausible or both. The Millenary, on the other hand, is just as immediately recognizable, but has needed to stick to an even more road to acceptance and appreciation. We believe it has the potential to rise to the status of a design icon for AP; after all, it’s as visually identifying since the Royal Oak. It is correct, however, the two watches can appeal to quite different sensibilities and tastes.The Royal Oak is widely considered to be the most tumultuous and virile of both, although the sensual curves of the Millenary are reminiscent of much more traditional wristwatch case shapes. However, for that reason, the latter has sometimes been regarded (by guys who favor the Royal Oak and its Offshore derivatives) as something of an alternate offering to the Royal Oak, rather than a strong design statement in its own right. And certainly the wrist off it’s easy to see why it may give that impression.
The open work style of the watch is a good intersection between modern and classic. Branding on the dial has Audemars Piguet and Maserati sharing the same size, which is interesting. Audemars Piguet is shorted to just “AP” and you have the Masterati Trident logo. The chronograph has a large central seconds hand with an easy to use tachymeter. The chronograph is also an monopusher chronograph meaning it is operated via a single button. Although the face of the watch is oblong, the dial itself is actually perfectly round. The Audemars Piguet Millenary MC12 Tourbillon Chronograph originally was released in about 2006 in a limited edition of just 150 pieces. The movement utilizes carbon which is part of Audemars Piguet’s talents many other watch makers can’t seem to replicate too well. I personally think that carbon is a bit gimmicky, but it is apparently very difficult to work in small sizes. The blued metal in the movement to match the blue of the car is a nice touch. The case of the Millenary is made of 950 platinum which makes it hefty and expensive. If you ever hear that a super car uses platinum, walk the other direction, it is a damn heavy material the opposite of “weight saving.” Last of all you get a crocodile leather strap. Price? About $320,000. Lower than the original retail price though.
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Generally speaking, I was really happy with this opinion. It was tasteful and comfortable. My single request from Audemars Piguet would be to create the 39.5 millimeter situation in stainless steel (no diamonds) since I think that it could make the look a bit more flexible, and allow it to be worn as an everyday watch.The retail for this watch is $28,400, which, provided the maker, quality of the watch, and the movement, is not totally crazy with this piece.The Millenary 4101 isalso to the extent that there’s anything, the entry-level model in the Millenary line. One of the most memorable Millenary versions in Audemars Piguet’s recent history have been complicated watches, though the oval case shape has existed since the mid-1990s and has been the foundation for an extremely wide range of men’s and women’s timepieces — what from time-only to extremely large complications.Though it’s correct that the Royal Oak and Offshore cast a very long shadow, it’s also true that Audemars Piguet has managed to make the Millenary lineup not only closely identified with the firm, but also a platform for showcasing or introducing a number of its most impressive accomplishments. It says something about AP’s own perspective on the Millenary that it was the watch the company selected in 2006 because the point on which to present its lead impulse, AP escapement (in the beautiful Cabinet Piece No. 5, and more recently, in the Millenary Minute Repeater) and its own calendar complication, the Quadriennium. (The Quadriennium is a type of demi-perpetual calendar; it automatically corrects the date for all months, for example February, but does need to be adjusted manually to the 29th of February in a Leap Year.)
I think it’s also fairly clear, though, a good design is a fantastic design, and the appeal of good design isn’t gendered. (The 4101 I reviewed, for example, would look just fine on the wrist of any girl who wanted to put on it, unless she was just plain uncomfortable using the dimensions, which isn’t a gender-specific issue.) And I think it’s transparently obvious that a guy can wear a quote unquote “ladies’ watch” when he desires (especially concerning dimensions, since the preference for classic 32-38 millimeter watches proceeds to construct) and likewise there’s simply no reason why a woman can’t wear what might have been considered a person’s watch if she desires. Tradition is a sword which cuts both ways in watchmaking — it is a source of fantastic pride to brands which express it, but it could also hinder innovation in design and reflect outmoded values and perspectives. It has been true for a long time now that traditionally feminine expressions of style (whatever that means!) Are a choice, not a default norm, which perspective is long overdue in the way we look at gender and how watches are worn out, and who wears them.The oft neglected (in the US) Audemars Piguet Millenary is getting a significant re-haul for 2011 with the Millenary 4101 collection. Employing the exact same ovoid shape of case as the prior Millenary, the dial and movement are entirely new and based on the very infrequent and luxury Audemars Piguet Millenary AP Escapement collection (see picture of one under). Those versions had a special high-beat escapement and came in a couple of varieties with a price point typically in the $300,000 – $500,000 range. The kind of the motion, as well as the expression of the dial, influenced this fresh and very attractive collection that starts at $21,900 range for the steel.