February 9, 2023

Inspired by
Michael’s Millenary in the Rocky Mountains I went to my local AD to have a look
at the Audemars Piguet Millenary reference 15350.

 

The
Millenary is another of AP’s lesser known models. The version I saw was the
Stainless steel with automatic movement.

The oval
case has a quite thick step bezel and the profile is also used on the lugs. Case
size is 47 mm and 13 mm thick.

 

The
non-centric dial with Roman numerals in pink gold only cover half of the case,
revealing the strong, beautiful shaped bridges with Geneva bar decoration.

The bridges
are shaped in arcs, looking almost like ripples on water!

smile

 

The balance
wheel together with the sub-second and the hour/minute axis forms a well-balanced
triangle. All three parts emphasize by Pink gold details.

To the left
of the balance wheel you can actually see through the movement to the other
side.

The crown
is also less typical AP – somewhat looking like a vintage “onion” crown, but
not round.

Inside is
the automatic caliber 4101. 34 jewels, 284 parts and a power reserve of 60
hours.

The
oscillating weight in 22 carat Pink Gold is beautiful decorated and mounted
with ceramic ball bearings.

 

Due to the
oval case shape, the automatic Millenary becomes a “three quarter rotor”. I
would not call this micro rotor but due to the shape, the rotor’s circle will
not cover the whole movement.

Here you
see the opening through the movement, to the right of the balance wheel.

 

On the
wrist, you will get a glimpse of your own skin…

One thing
that I only noticed once I got home to look at my photos: the Pink Gold Roman
numerals appear to be black!

 

Depending
on light and angle the numerals will reflect the surroundings, in this case a
black ceiling.

On the
wrist, I am very surprised… The 47 mm doesn’t feel that big!

 

A very nice
experience, IMO. Less “brutal” than the ROO models, more “romantic” than the RO
models…

And you?
What’s your view of the Audemars Piguet Millenary?

 

Best

Blomman

  This message has been edited by blomman on 2015-07-13 00:38:17

Though, not everybody’s taste due to the size and the shape of the case.

This one is one of my favs from this family.

Thanks for this review, Blomman.

Best,

nicolas

This is of course the kind of watch, because of its shape, which will not be everyone’s taste.

But I often noticed that what is special is also something that can lead to much more appeal.

In other words, what is more conservative usually attracts more customers but is less exciting and vice versa.

I wouldn’t get that one but it is nice it exists as it allows the brand to distinguish itself from others.

Thanks a lot for the review Blomman.

Cheers, Mark