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Jules Audemars Extra-thin “Bolshoi”
After an extensive six-year renovation work, the world renowned Russian temple of dance and opera, the Bolshoi, has reopened
its doors for the 236th season in its history with a performance of Sleeping Beauty. The role of the Sleeping Beauty leads the
incredibly talented “Prima Ballerina” and Audemars Piguet ambassadress, Svetlana Zakharova.
On the occasion of the reopening of the old scene of the BolshoiThreatre, theManufacture fromLe Brassus raised the curtain on
a special Extra-Thin Jules Audemars series featuring an open-worked oscillator engraved with an effigy of the famous building.
The Bolshoi Theatre, the crowning glory of Russian culture under every regime since its foundation in 1780, was threatening
to collapse before the decision was taken, nearly six years ago, to give this legendary venue back its sparkle. More than 3,000
workmen and artisans worked on the site effectively doubling the size of the theatre, as well as equipping it with ultramodern
equipment. The acoustics were also reworked, going back to the original immaculate fundamentals.
As dance holds a very special place in Russian culture, a legendary ballet has been chosen to celebrate the reopening of the venue.
Svetlana Zakharova plays the starring role as the princess of the ballet, Sleeping Beauty. Accompanied by music composed by
Tchaikovsky, her talent and grace dazzled some 1,700 privileged spectators who attended the show on Sunday, November 20th.
Over and above its role as patron, Audemars Piguet could not miss the reopening of the theatre. The special Jules Audemars
“Bolshoi” series in pink or white gold with elegant anthracite dial perfectly expresses the brand’s considerable know-how.
Regarded by specialists as one of the most beautiful self-winding movements, the Calibre 2120 housed in these two models
is part of a proud historical lineage that has forged the brand’s considerable reputation. Its sapphire case-back also reveals the
beauty of this extra-thin movement (barely 2.45 mm thick) in which open-worked oscillator of the 2120 Calibre is finely
decorated with the theatre’s famous façade.
Elegance and excellence blend to perfection in these Extra-Thin Jules Audemars “Bolshoi” models. The decision to produce 99
pieces (50 in pink gold and 49 in white gold), is no coincidence, since this number represents the number of years between the
creation of the two Houses that have subsequently become prestigious institutions in their respective spheres: dance and opera
for the Bolshoi theatre, founded in 1776 and Fine Watchmaking for the Manufacture Audemars Piguet, founded in 1875.
About Svetlana Zakharova
An exceptional dancer, Svetlana Zakharova was born in 1979. Currently the principal ballerina at the BolshoiTheatre inMoscow,
she owes her fame to a prodigious innate talent that has been cultivating since childhood. Slender and elegant, she has brilliantly
performed the most famous roles in the repertoire – including Aurora, Odette-Odile and Giselle – her interpretation of which
still remains in living memory. In 2003, she joined the prestigious Bolshoi company. Her technique, which has been described
as exceptional and perfectly mastered, is compounded with a subtle, relevant view of her roles. She is equally interested in
contemporary creations, some of which have been especially composed in her honour. Today, Svetlana Zakharova is considered
to be one of the most gifted and all-round ballerinas at an international level.Jules Audemars Extra-Thin
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