3 Standout Complicated Watches from Hong Kong “Watches & Wonders” Fair

Audemars Piguet, which had already introduced two chiming watches at this year’s SIHH in January — the Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication and the Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph — added a third in Hong Kong, the new Millenary Minute Repeater in rose gold. The watch, which features the distinctive oval-shaped Millenary case, contains a hand-wound movement highlighted by Audemars Piguet’s in-house escapement, inspired by the work of 18th-century French watchmaking pioneer Robert Robin. (For more on the AP escapement, and the movement in which it debuted, click here.) The movement has a double balance spring and two barrels, guaranteeing the timepiece a seven-day power reserve, plus a third barrel, dedicated to the repeater’s striking mechanism, which is 2 1/2 times larger than normal. AP says that the larger barrel contributes to the regularity of the notes chimed by the repeater.

The rose gold case (47 mm x 42 mm in diameter) has a brushed finish, while the bezel is polished. The off-centered hours and minutes dial at 3 o’clock and the small seconds dial at 7 o’clock are made of white enamel. The rest of the watch’s see-through face reveals the major movement components and their finishes, which include hand-beveled edges and anthracite-colored galvanic treatment as well as côtes de Genève and circular graining on the mainplate. The blued gong for the minute repeater is also in plain view, curving around the inner circumference of the case. The movement’s winding system includes a security device that prevents time-setting operations while the repeater is chiming, which reduces the risk of damage. The Audemars Piguet Millenary Minute Repeater in rose gold comes on a hand-sewn brown crocodile strap with a folding clasp, also in 18k rose gold.

Audemars Piguet Millenary Minute Repeater in rose gold - front

Audemars Piguet Millenary Minute Repeater in rose gold - angle

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  1. Debashish

    Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst does not look like a modern watch, in fact, it would have been perfectly suitable for either Tsar Alexander or Kaiser Wilhelm or Maharaja of Patiala.

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