Hands-On with the Audemars Piguet Millenary Frosted Gold Opal Dial

By rolex
June 18, 2021
5 min read

The Audemars Piguet Millenary Frosted Gold Opal Dial is my horological dream come valid. Engaging on a tasteful and specialized level, the Millenary Frosted Gold Opal Dial wears its thumping heart on its sleeve and plays with volume, surface, and light in a contemporary key. Female yet decisive, this Millenary model goes against conventional women’s watches. As François-Henri Bennahmias, CEO of Audemars Piguet likes to say: “ladies’ watches shouldn’t be restricted to contracting, pinking and adding a couple of jewels.” And, as you will see, there is literally nothing shrinky, pinky or diamondy about the Millenary Frosted Gold.

An circular case

Technically known as ‘circular’ – and not the caring you would discover in an exercise center – the oval-formed instance of the Millenary has a natural and inherently female allure. Curved or egg-formed cases are not common but rather show up in the domain of top of the line watchmaking, with models like Ulysse Nardin’s Jade or Breguet’s Reine de Naples watch and Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye . Measuring 39.5mm in breadth, the pink gold instance of the Millenary Frosted Gold may appear to be enormous on paper, yet when worn, its lengthened oval measurements spread out evenly on the wrist offering a liberal window on the entrancing dial.

Frosted Gold is cooler than diamonds

First utilized on the Royal Oak Frosted Gold assortment of 2016, the strategy was created by AP related to Florentine gems planner Carolina Bucci. Indeed, even the name given to this gold pounding procedure is enchanting, however stand by until you see and feel the impact it makes on a strong gold surface. Flickering with an unpretentious cold shimmer, the gold appears to have been sitting in a cooler short-term. To ‘frost’ a piece of gold, a precious stone tipped instrument is applied to the surface to make minuscule spaces that radiance in the light.

At the AP stand this year, a watchmaker was close by with his icing instrument and let me give it a shot on a piece of metal. What was astounding was the somewhat abrasive, sandy surface of the frosted gold. A material encounter you don’t for the most part experience in watchmaking, this intriguing surface loans the Audemars Piguet Millenary Frosted Gold Opal Dial a contemporary vibe.

A cool stone dial

Described as the chameleon of gemstones, opals put on an act like no other gemstone on Earth. Eminent for their spellbinding ‘play of shading’ valuable opals produce blazing, brilliant tones relying upon the light and point of perception. The special, entrancing shimmer is brought about by the diffraction of light on infinitesimal circles of silica stacked in the inside of the stone. Denoting the first run through opal has been utilized in the Millenary assortment – dispatched back in 1995 – both the topsy turvy hours and minutes and crossing little seconds plates are made in white opal. Famously precarious to cut due to its natural delicacy, two bits of white opal do something amazing 1970s groove on the dial.

The rest of the stage is given to AP’s hand-wound assembling type 5201 contribution an unmistakable perspective on the steel scaffolds and equilibrium wheel, held set up by a gold extension with thick Côtes de Genève stripes. Situated just to one side and beneath the raised foundation of the opal dials, the equilibrium wheel is similar size as the little seconds counter.

An oval-formed movement

The three-dimensional design of type 5201 structures an essential piece of the style of the watch. The directing organ – equilibrium, bed and escapement – is situated on the dial side of the watch permitting the wearer to see the core of the development at a glance.

The oval state of type 5201 was customized by AP for the Millenary family. This manual-twisting development, with 157 sections, a 49-hour power hold, has a recurrence of 3Hz to keep the hours, minutes and little seconds in wonderful synchronize. Brightened with Côtes de Genève stripes and perlage, the development, in the same way as other AP developments, has a tough, mechanical allure with uncovered screws and a bounty of steel bridges.

A Polish mesh gold bracelet

In expansion to the person with the icing wand, there was another AP skilled worker close by to exhibit the strategy behind a Polish mesh gold bracelet. Like Milanese bracelets, Polish bracelets are produced using long curling wires, for this situation of pink gold. In contrast to Milanese bracelets, in which the looping wires are orchestrated a similar way, a Polish bracelet weaves the wires in exchanging headings making a more extravagant and all the more outwardly expound texture.

Wearing the watch is a tangible experience: the heaviness of the gold on your wrist; the grainy surface of the frosted gold appearing differently in relation to the glossy silk completed perfection of other case parts; the smooth polished Polish bracelet; and normally, the visual display of the development moving upgraded with the hallucinogenic opalescence of the dial.

The cost of the Audemars Piguet Millenary Frosted Gold Opal Dial is EUR 54,300. More subtleties on audemarspiguet.com .