Audemars Piguet Millenary Men's High-End Watches Review
Audemars Piguet Millenary collection marries fashion with complication, begetting some of the most eccentric, stylish and original watches made for the dressy occasion. The various functions and design elements in some of the pieces are arranged in such manner as to imply an experimental approach. Millenary is Audemars Piguet's dark horse; these watches defy expectations in ways rarely seen across the industry.
While some of the brand's watches contain such "conventional" complications as power reserve indicator, dual time (labelled “second time zone”), tourbillon and perpetual calendar, this collection is especially notable for the less familiar deadbeat seconds and AP escapement.
Regardless of the kind of complication, it seems that Audemars Piguet designers and watchmakers were determined to present them in as much artistic way as possible.
Models and Design
Millenary watches feature an elliptic case – looking more like a slightly flattened circle – which includes at least two additional inner circles (the more elaborate models sport up to six). The circle within a circle design generates so many associations – moon and planets, vinyl records, eyes – it soon becomes clear that artistry and creativity constitute both the origin and the principle behind the collection.
The most unusual and funny watch, in my opinion, is the Pianoforte variation: its face shows painted black keys on a white mother-of-pearl dial, creating the semblance of a piano.
The lugs and the placement of push-buttons in Millenary timepieces also deviate from convention. Irregular-shaped, angular lugs resemble wrench clasps, and may appear to be slowly moving towards or from each other.
Push-buttons on the chronographs are positioned on the other side of the case, the strap dividing between the two buttons. Various colors -- black, gray, white, red, brown, and shades of blue -- decorate the faces. Even the numerals are painted in some variations.
Audemars Piguet and Maserati
Millenary dials present a jocular combination of Roman and Arabic numerals. The former are essentially being used for the hours and minutes hands, the latter for the seconds-hand. Audemars Piguet attempt to intersperse both kinds of numerals in most of their collections, and in here this passion reaches its peak.
The letters are always distorted in size, ranging from regular to oversized; smallest Roman symbols are parallel to the tallest Arabic, and vice versa.
A partnership with Italian carmaker Maserati led to the creation of another unusual Millenary line. Maserati watches contain a surprisingly large, even oversized power reserve indicator, and subdials (dual time) with numerals distorted in the spirit of the entire collection. A Maserati icon sits besides the usual Audemars Piguet logo, and leaves no doubt as to the inspiration for this design.
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