Audemars Piguet has blended form and function in an exquisite display of mechanical craftsmanship. The Audemars Piguet Millenary 4101 is an exclusively in-house movement comprising of 253 parts. Encapsulated in an Audemars Piguet signature Millenary Case, the movement is reconstructed so that vital components of the movement - balance, lever and escapement- face to the front, and are plainly visible at the 9 'o clock position.
The construction of this timepiece is accomplished with the aid of 12 well placed bridges securing the various elements of the movement. The bridges are crafted in gentle curves and decorated in horizontal Côtes de Genève, circular graining, and snailing on the “trottoirs”. On the left of the dial, jewels and screws ,often obscured by the dial, are now visible.
This accomplishment by no means effects the integrity of the movement, but on the contrary,due to a variable-inertia balance equipped with eight white gold inertia-weights, it actually increases the long-term rating stability. The timepiece beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour. Many new watches on the market today are geared towards improved shock-absorption, and the Audemars Piguet Millenary 4101 is no exception. Utilizing cross-through balance-bridges, Audemars Piguet has improved shock resistance by securing it on both sides of the main plate.
The automatic timepiece is wound via a 22-carat gold oscillating weight mounted on ceramic ball bearings. The watch is available in pink gold and is rhodiumed and gilded. The steel version has an attractive finish accomplished by an anthracite galvanic treatment.
This watch has achieved the Hallmark of Geneve, and is a fine example of craftsmanship at its best.