New Audemars Piguet Millenary Ladies’ Watches For 2018


Three new models are being added to the Millenary collection at SIHH next month, with smaller cases and more sparkle than ever. The Millenary is one of three collections from Audemars Piguet that contain ladies’ watches, but essentially, it is the most female-centric of the full collections within the brand. The Royal Oak and the Royal Oak Offshore both have ladies’ versions, but they began as, and are known mainly as men’s collections. The jewelry collections are limited-edition one-offs, certainly not made for everyday wear or pocketbooks. That leaves the Audemars Piguet Millenary replica watch, with its distinctive elliptical case and off-center dial.
The Millenary collection, which was launched in 1995, has always been a platform for watchmaking’s metiers d’art, about a decade before the resurgence of these crafts in the rest of the watch world. Gem-setting is a particular strength of the collection differentiating the watches from the sportier Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore ladies’ pieces. At the same time, a partially openworked dial gives the Millenary a technical aspect – a reminder that it comes from one of the foremost makers of mechanical movements. The Millenary, last updated in 2015, will be refreshed with three new models at SIHH next month in Geneva, including two all-gold versions set with diamonds and one gold case version with a strap.
The case on the strap version has a “frosted gold” finish that gives it the look of hand-finished jewelry. Frosted gold is a collaboration between Audemars Piguet and Florentine jewelry designer Carolina Bucci, using a technique known as the Florentine method. It is created by using a diamond-tipped tool to make tiny indentations across the surface, culminating in a shimmering sparkle, like snow. The finish was introduced last year on the ladies’ Royal Oak. On the Millenary, it is applied between polished sections on the stepped bezel and lugs, as well as to areas of the case side. The signature offset sub-dials that record hours, minutes, and seconds are set with opal, a new dial material for this collection. Audemars Piguet also adds a fashion watch element to the strap version. It is available in several colors and textures, including rubber, alligator, textile, or velvet, and a choice of blue, grey, red, pink, light green, or purple.

The white or pink gold bracelet versions are fitted with bracelets that, like the frosted finish, have a hand-crafted element that gives the watch a jewelry aesthetic. Audemars Piguet calls it the Polish bracelet because it is produced with a distinctive weave-pattern design making for a more supple-feeling on the wrist. It is constructed by weaving gold threads, much like a Milanese mesh-style bracelet, but with a difference. In the Polish bracelet, the gold threads are braided in a right-over-left pattern rather than in the same direction. The result is a bracelet that is more flexible and therefore hugs the wrist like a second skin. This is made more possible by the ability to closely size the bracelet by adding or removing links in 5mm sections. The sub-dials on the bracelet models are mother-of-pearl.

The cases on all three new Millenary watches are scaled down to 39.5mm, making them more wearable than the 45mm pieces in previous models, and a lot more wearable than the 47mm Millenary 4101, a model more intended for a man’s wrist. The new, scaled-down models make the Millenary more purely a ladies’ collection, which is a good move for Audemars Piguet. All three new models contain the manually-wound Caliber 5201, which is reversed to display some of its components on the dial side.

Serena Williams And Audemars Piguet Watches


Last December during Art Basel 2014, I had a chance to meet and take some photographs of Serena Williams. She was visiting the Audemars Piguet VIP booth at the show, and is a newer ambassador of the brand. What struck me then was how passionate and into watches she seemed. With her recent win at the Australian Open, her 19th grand slam single title, Serena Williams continues her assaults at the record books and further cementing her place as the most dominant player in the past two decades and making a case, arguably, to be considered the best who has ever lived.

What was apparent to any watch lover during Serena Williams’ visit to the Audemars Piguet booth, was how much she already knew and yet still wanted to know more about watches. She spent what was easily 30 to 45 minutes chatting intensely with the staff, and in particular the watchmaker that Audemars Piguet had on staff with them, discussing the Royal Oak that he was servicing. She seemed genuinely interested in his explanations of the various parts of the caliber 2120 movement that he was taking apart.

While Serena Williams has been an Audemars Piguet hot sale for Christmas Day ambassador for a little more than a year now, it seems that this win has also strengthened the partnership. Specifically, she is now the new face for the brand’s most successful modern model: the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore. During the win in Melbourne, you could easily see her sporting the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph replica 2017 while playing. This is similar to the watch she was shown at Art Basel, and as could be seen from her eyes, that she was falling in love with. Prior to this model, she usually could be seen wearing a more classy and dressy Audemars Piguet Millenary in rose gold as well as an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak also in rose gold and one with a diamond encrusted bezel.

Audemars-Piguet-Royal-Oak-Offshore-Chronograph-Serena-Williams-8Serena Williams wearing the light Royal Oak Offshore Carbon during her matches will achieve the same level of publicity that Raphael Nadal and Bubba Watson do for Richard Mille. And one should not be surprised that Audemars Piguet would already know and have the experience in creating a watch worthy of a champion like Serena Williams and of the abuse to the movement that it is sure to endure. After all, Richard Mille’s movements are all sourced by Renaud et Papi, a wholly owned subsidiary, movement designer, maker, and part of Audemars Piguet since 1992.

Finally, watch-nerding aside, what Serena Williams has and continues to achieve is nothing short of extraordinary for the game of tennis, for women tennis, and for minorities in general. Here’s a tremendous talent who with hard work, sheer strength of faith, and her strong family, has grown out of one of the most impoverish cities in the United States to now reach the top of the tennis world and dominate like we have never seen before. And importantly, doing this with the humility and style of a true champion. She’s a role model, a rock star amongst her peers, a stylish athlete, and also a watch geek.

I, for one, cannot wait to see her break the all time single record in the open era of 22 grand slam titles, passing the great Stefi Graf, and be alone at the very top of the tennis world – with her lucky Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore on her wrist, of course.

2017 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph

Audemars Piguet introduces the Refreshed Royal Oak Chronograph at the SIHH 2017. Four versions in pink gold which are available on a matching, pink gold bracelet or an alligator strap and three versions in steel fitted with stainless steel bracelets.
Surprisingly, while being larger, this watch became more balanced and more comfortable to wear, while the 39mm version always felt bulkier. For once, up-sizing has been beneficial. Thankfully the new SIHH 2017 models are based on the 41mm case.While the case, bracelet and the movement (calibre 2385, an automatic, integrated, column-wheel movement with tri-compax layout) remain the same as before, the changes can be seen on the dials. All seven models in the new series of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph feature a fresh, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph replica watch,two-tone dial design with several new yet subtle details: chronograph counters of increased size that expand at 9 o-clock and 3 o’clock, shorter but wider hour-markers, additional luminescent coating for a better readability of the hour and new typeset and transfers. The AP logo is slightly larger than before.

All dials have a two-tone style, with contrasting sub-counters. For the pink gold versions, whatever you choose brown or blue dial, the sub-counters match the case. For the steel versions, both the black and blue versions feature contrasting silver sub-counters, while the silver-dial edition shows black sub-counters and a black second track. In all cases, the date is printed on a disc matching the dial.

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The Best Christmas Day Gift-Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm Watch


During SIHH 2016, Audemars Piguet released two Royal Oak Frosted Gold watches – a 33mm quartz version and a 37mm automatic one. For those who enjoy some bling in their watches and a larger case size, the brand has a added a 41mm limited edition option, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm watch, to the line.

Sometimes one can get lost in the seductive illusion that more is done by hand than, in reality, is possible with certain techniques and modern expectations for tolerances. The frosting gives the gold a shiny effect similar to that of having diamond powder on the surface, just less reflective. The bezel edges are polished and case edges beveled for some additional pop in between the frosting, and the caseband is brushed . The “frosted” finishing is not often seen in cases, which makes this an interesting and unusual look that should probably be viewed in person to determine just how attractive/wearable/masculine/blingy or otherwise it is. Aside from the use of the frosted gold, this is essentially the blue-dial version of the time-only Royal Oak that we’ve come to know in various forms over the years since Gerald Genta designed it.

While the previous smaller variants were offered in white and rose gold, this 41mm Royal Oak will only be available in white gold. It has the blue tapisserie dial with a matching blue date window. I always thought the Royal Oak shined best with a blue dial. The hands and applied markers are gold, of course, and filled with a sliver of Super-LumiNova to make the watch legible at night. The Audemars Piguet replica watch bracelet is the familiar and very comfortable design. Like the 37mm frosted gold sibling, it is powered by the automatic caliber 3120, which offers 60 hours of power reserve, beats at 3Hz, and has the customary, solid 22ct gold, decorated monobloc rotor – all of which is visible through a display caseback.

Those wanting to stock up on some bling will have to hurry as the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm replica watch is limited to 200 pieces only. If you happen to miss out, you could always console yourself by purchasing a set of Royal Oak cufflinks that the brand released with the watch.