Thursday, July 5, 2012

Audemars Piguet Millenary Onyx Tourbillon Watch Review

Audemars Piguet Millenary Onyx Tourbillon is a delicate interplay of watchmaking mastery.  The skeletonization is worked into pitch black onyx creating a mysterious allure like a talisman in some forgotten land.  The Onyx main plate and diamond encrusted rose gold rings exquisitely secures the moving parts of the Calibre 2861 Onyx movement. A double row of diamonds set into the bezel  encircle a diamond encrusted inner , off center dial. 
The timepiece totals 423 brilliant cut diamonds weighing in at 4.11 carats.
Maintaining the Millenary signature design, the off center ring of the dial surrounds engraved Arabic numerals of unequal size.  Skeletonized white gold hands track hour and minutes.  At the 9 'o'clock, a tourbillion rotates beneath a bridge counteracting the effect gravity plays on the movement. (If indeed Abraham Louis Breguet 1795 invention designed for a pocket watch is effective in a wrist watch is highly debatable, but make no mistake a wristwatch bearing a tourbillon is a treat for all to see.)

184 parts make up the movement including a Breguet balance spring. Manual finishing ensures a result of pure splendor free from even the minutest of imperfections.The movement is completely visible via a glare proofed and scratch resistant sapphire crystal and case back.  Since the movement is hand wound, no rotor is found on the underside of the movement thereby maximizing visual of the movement. A 72 hour power reserve reduces the need to wind the watch everyday.  Winding is performed with the aid of an elegant crown set with a translucent cabochon sapphire. Take heed near water, as this watch is only water resistant to 20 meters.
Teh Audemars Piguet Millenary Onyx Tourbillon is presented on a hand stitched black crocodile band and is affixed to the wrist by a secure diamond studded 18K pink gold  AP folding clasp.

Like the iconic Royal Oak, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Millenary Collection is highly versatile in its ability to accommodate a wide range of movements and complications. This is a factor in Audemars Piguet success - providing its customers with the comfort of familiarity and the delight of versatility. This secures a brand to the past and paves the way to its future.

This List Price for this watch is $476,100.00.  Affordable for few, desired by many.

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