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Proprietary selfwinding oval Calibre 4101
Overall dimensions (width/length): 37.25 x 32.90 mm
Casing diameter (width/length): 36.75 x 32 mm
Thickness: 7.46 mm
253 parts and 34 jewels
MBidirectional winding 22-carat gold oscillating weight mounted on ceramic ball bearings
60-hour power reserve
Cadence of the balance: 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz)
Variable-inertia balance with eight inertia-blocks and Breguet overcoil balance-spring
Screw-down mobile balance-spring stud-holder
Mainplate and bridges: rhodiumed and gilded for pink gold model and anthracite galvanic
treatment for stainless model
Finishing: all parts decorated by hand. Mainplate adorned with horizontal Côtes de Genève
on the front and circular-grained on the back.
Bridges bevelled, snailed and adorned with horizontal and circular Côtes de Genève and with
circular graining. Diamond-polished jewel sinks; diamond-polished countersinks and bevelled
wheel spokes; bevelled screw rims and slots
APmonogram as well as Audemars and Piguet family crests engraved on the oscillating weight
he Millenary 4101 asserts itself as the perfect expression of an
idea that took shape and steadily matured in the minds of the
Audemars Piguet teams before seeing the light of day. This
model with its oval calibre exercises a persistent fascination testifying to
the fact that the Manufacture in Le Brassus has once again superseded
existing design codes and defied the laws of technology in order to
master and even transcend these technical constraints.
Its designer made the deliberately daring choice to give the structural
and functional aspects of the movement an essential role in terms of the
overall aesthetic. This model features the sleek form of the oval case
inherent to the Millenary collection, as well as the signature off-centred
dial and imposing Roman numerals. The elaborate design of the watch
is distinguished as much by this unusual three-dimensional appearance
as by its atypical architecture.
Designed for men who find their way through time while making light
of ephemeral trends and show a marked preference for audacity rather
than slavishly following the crowd, the Millenary 4101 comes in two
original interpretations: one in steel and the other in pink gold.
By offering its owner the privilege of observing the inner life of its oval
movement, theMillenary 4101 breaks free of conventional watchmaking
codes. Nonetheless, technical sophistication is not achieved at the cost
of aesthetics, since this model marries function and design by granting
equal importance to the inside and outside of the watch. This accentuates
the striking visual presence of the regulating organ and draws all eyes to
its balance, lever and escapement. The heart of the movement is the
variable-inertia balance with eight white gold inertia blocks that ensure
enhanced long-term rating stability. It beats at a 4 Hz oscillating
frequency, meaning 28,800 vibrations per hour, thereby improving
timing precision and making the regulating organ less sensitive to
extreme disturbances. The selfwinding Millenary 4101 watch has a 60-
hour power reserve. Its cross-through balance-bridge echoes the
aesthetic of the 3120 and 3090 calibres and ensures enhanced shock
In reading off the hours, minutes and seconds on dials, the gaze is
inexorably drawn toward the subtle intricacies of the mechanism. Above
and beyond their primordial functional role, each of the watch
movement components contributes to the aesthetic beauty of the model,
giving it an incomparable appearance radiating controlled strength. Each
of the five levels that stand out when the watch is viewed in perspective
reveals an exceptional quality of execution and finishing. Entirely
assembled and decorated by hand, Calibre 4101 features twelve bridges
that are snailed, circular-grained and adorned with a Côtes de Genève
motif – all of which constitute authentic design elements. The mainplate
also bears Côtes de Genève as well as circular graining in two different
diameters serving to accentuate the overall three-dimensional effect.
Stainless steel case, black and anthracite dial with pink gold applied
Roman numerals and hands. Hand-sewn black crocodile leather strap
with large square scales, secured by an AP folding clasp in stainless steel.
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