so what could AP do to get the base millenary right or a contender in the AP stable since all lines are overshadowed by an octagonal monster :) well i believe they've found the answer in the 4101. AP presented the millenary 4101 in 2011 SIHH. All I saw were press images of the piece and it looked nice to me then. The interest was piqued but forgotten over time. Fortunately I was able to come across a lovely pink gold piece and managed to get some quick shots of it. pics and thoughts of it follow...
a gorgeous front... horizontal Côtes de Genève (geneva waves) wonderfully finished bevelled bridges, including the gold one holding the balance wheel at the 9 0'clock position... fine dial side finishing all round... beautiful rhodiumed and gilded plates
and a gorgeous back... circular Côtes de Genève, snailing, sunray graining, and a lot of nice perlage (aka stipling/circular graining/spotting). nice AP 22 carat rotor with the Audemars and Piguet family crests and AP monogram
looking into the movement pics... Diamond-polished jewel sinks, diamond-polished countersinks and bevelled wheel spokes with bevelled screw rims and slots
What does an exceptional hand finished movement say about a timepiece then? It speaks of quality. it speaks of class and horological tradition and craft to make things beautiful and remarkable.
it's a winner! in my books and also a winner of the public prize for gphg :)
note it's time only watch and there is nothing fancy technically about the movement, a standard automatic with the standard lever escapement. a great aesthetic achieved with it's wonderful movement design architecture with it's multiple bridges and wonderful finishing that comes together so very nicely and make it a standout piece. oh i have to start saving my pennies...
Millenary 4101 - 15350OR.OO.D093CR.01.. Case dimensions (width/length/thickness: 47 * 42 * 13 .. Bidirectional winding 22-carat gold oscillating weight mounted on ceramic ball bearings.. 60-hour power reserve
maybe go for the slightly more accessible steel version :) steel version reflects a rich grey color from an anthracite galvanic treatment. US retail is US$20,600 for the steel and US$33,900 for the Pink Gold