|Case material||Red gold|
|Price||£18,000 (= $22,432)|
|Case material||Red gold|
|Case diameter||39 x 35 mm|
|Dial||Mother of pearl|
|Clasp material||Red gold|
You can indulge your fascination with the Audemars Piguet Millenary Starlit Sky collection at Watch & Bullion.
The perpetual course of the sun, moon and stars, the dance of the seasons, the mystery of the moon, the flaming glow of the sun, the alternation of day and night… The sky has forever inspired writers and poets, offering its splendours to the artistic vision of painters and photographers, and giving rise to wonderful tales that continue to make children dream the world over. For horologers, the sky is also a perpetual source of inspiration. Their attentive observations of the moon and the sun gave rise to the first units of time measurements, the first calendars, the first clocks. Today, Audemars Piguet pays tribute to the beauties of the sky by creating the Millenary Starlit Sky collection
These minutes that flow by in the glow of daylight or in the depths of the night have inspired the Manufacture to create a new collection: Millenary Starlit Sky. By choosing to highlight the sky and all the stories its constellations have to tell, Audemars Piguet has found an infinitely poetic way of reminding us that time is determined first and foremost by… the celestial luminaries.
Designed by Elena Stefanova to celebrate the daytime, the Millenary Starlit Sky opts for a pink gold case set with diamonds framing a milky white dial. The night and the moon crescent have disappeared, giving way to the plenitude of natural mother-of-pearl. The off-centred dial is adorned with generously elegant numerals and Roman hour-markers.
The moon-phase aperture floats on its cloud, while the comet has turned into an edelweiss with a tiny diamond heart and the centre of the date disc glows with the flaming rays of the sun.
Finally, this study in white is matched by an immaculate satin strap equipped with a double-blade pink gold folding clasp set with diamonds.
As an ultimate tribute to watchmakers and because many women truly appreciate the subtleties of mechanical watchmaking the Millenary Starlit Sky is equipped with the particularly innovative Calibre 3120 movement developed by Audemars Piguet. In this version (3123/3908), it also incorporates the complex power-reserve and moon-phase mechanisms.
This selfwinding calibre developed by Audemars Piguet is distinguished by a certain number of characteristics, starting with a direct-drive centre seconds hand that does away with one source of friction. The cross-through balance-bridge also ensures enhanced reliability, while the rating precision is further improved thanks to an over sixty-hour power reserve. In addition to these innovations, Calibre 3120 offers several extremely user-friendly features:
• A time-setting system equipped with a balance-stop mechanism that holds the seconds hand motionless.
• Ultra-precise adjustment that remains stable thanks to a variable inertia balance fitted with eight inertia-blocks.
• Rapid date adjustment using the crown.
• Bidirectional automatic winding driven by a 22-carat gold rotor mounted on ceramic ball-bearings.
Visible through the sapphire crystal caseback – and surrounded by two diamond half-moons in the entirely gem-set version – this movement is endowed with high-end finishing as well as a special decoration in the shape of an oscillating weight adorned with the family crests of the company founders Audemars and Piguet.
This watch is new and comes complete with all its pertaining documentation.