Audemars Piguet Presents Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronograph

Nov 06, 2009
Audemars Piguet’s specialists have conducted a cutting-edge research and explored advanced technical paths, having given birth to the Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronograph. The timepiece will be available in a limited number of 120 pieces.

The Audemars Piguet Millenary Carbon One Tourbillon Chronograph watch has been inspired by motor sports and their ultra-light speed machines offering high-performance.

The timepiece has smartly united three-dimensional design, innovative materials, and the brand’s proprietary movement animating a tourbillon, a chronograph and a 10-day power reserve.

The Millenary Carbon One features an openworked dial, clearly demonstrating the way its parts are positioned on different levels. It reveals a caliber, with a modern design playing on symmetrical effects between the barrels and their bridges found on either side of the chronograph counter. The caliber, produced from innovative materials, is also characterized by redesigned shapes, including the tourbillon bridge.

The tourbillon bridge is dominated by the color of black - the bridges on the dial side are created in blackened steel, while the bridges on the underside are crafted in eloxed aluminium and the mainplate is crafted in carbon.

The carbon used by the Audemars Piguet specialists is a very special type of carbon characterized by chemical, mechanical, and physical stability in all directions. It represents an amorphous and chemically neutral composite material that keeps its dimensions over a wide range of temperatures. It is also characterized by the minimal elastic deformation, featuring superb mechanical properties perfectly suited to driving in metal elements, and the foot screws in the body of the mainplate in particular. These components provide optimal stability.

The exterior of the Audemars Piguet watch is also created using black high-tech materials. The case is sculptured in forged carbon. This ultra-light and resistant material has been exclusively elaborated by the brand.

The sturdy yet ultra-light case fascinates by its softly rounded shapes with a silky feel. It is remarkable that the weight of the Millenary Carbon One is just 69.44 grams.

The bezel, crown and pushers of the case construction are sculptured in ceramics, demonstrating a shiny black appearance that contrasts nicely with matt surface of the forged carbon.

The case-back of the watch is crafted in blackened titanium. The case is coupled with a hand-sewn black crocodile leather strap featuring large square scales. It is fitted with an AP folding clasp, also in blackened titanium.

The sporty and high-tech dial of the Audemars Piguet Millenary Carbon One watch guarantees optimal readability. It is enlivened with white and red accents of the hour-markers, hands, chronograph counter and power-reserve display. The white and red accents are definitely inspired by racing car dashboard instruments. The hour-markers and hands are provided with luminescent coating.

One more element inspired by the automobile world is the offset grid featured on the sub-dial at 3 o’clock. It has been suggested by ventilation ducts. The dial is protected by a cambered glareproofed sapphire crystal.

The Millenary Carbon One watch, reviewed by Watches.InfoNIAC.com, accommodates the Audemars Piguet Calibre 2884. The oval hand-wound movement has been entirely created by Audemars Piguet. The sophisticated movement incorporates a tourbillon, a remarkably efficient column-wheel chronograph mechanism and twin barrels.

The tourbillon of the watch is built from 80 parts. It is fixed to a blackened steel bridge with a thoroughly reworked design.

The chronograph mechanism is mounted on an aluminium base. It has been built considering the dimensions of the oval case. It incorporates an extremely efficient coupling lever. The lever is crafted in black PVD-coated nickel, with exception of its tip contact with the column wheel. It allows double adjustment for improved precision. It also avoids any jerking of the chronograph hand when the watch owner activates the function.

Your attention will be caught by the position of the chronograph push-button that makes the timepiece look like a stop watch. It is found at 10 o’clock and is used to stop and start the chronograph. The push-button at 2 o’clock is used to reset the chronograph.
The back of the watch has a sapphire crystal window that allows watch connoisseurs to admire the column wheel, along with the ideally cut black eloxed aluminium bridges and the refined finishing with alternating polished and brushed surfaces.

The Audemars Piguet watchmakers fitted the crown of the watch with a torque-restricting device for avoiding unnecessary strain when the watch owner winds the timepiece.

Two parallel-coupled barrels of the movement provide a remarkable 10-day power reserve that is showed with a red and white indicator found in the left part of the dial. The barrels are embellished with the Audemars Piguet signature and can be also admired through the dial, at the very heart of the movement, enhancing the three-dimensional appeal of the watch. A lower level of the layered movement shows the carbon mainplate.

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