Weekly Watch Photo – Audemars Piguet Millenary Star Wheel
Again a photo made by GEO, although this time no Cartier. Audemars Piguet made this rare Millenary Star Wheel for the 125th anniversary of the brand and in my opinion one of the most beautiful of this manufacture.
It’s almost refreshing to see another timepieces from Audemars Piguet, than the Royal Oak or Royal Oak Offshore collections. Like the Millenary collection, Audemars Piguet does have several more collections that are very appealing and much more elegant than the RO and ROO. Besides the Millenary I also enjoy beautiful esthetics of the Jules Audemars collection and the Edward Piguet collection (especially the EP chronograph).
GEO posted this Millenary Star Wheel at Revolution Online and in the post and replies you can find much information about this timepiece. Earlier I wrote about the Millenary Piano Forte, a perfect dress watch!
The Millenary Star Wheel was a limited edition of 250 pieces in total; 125 pieces in steel, 75 in rose gold and 50 in yellow gold. The automatic movement is AP calibre 2224/2811, based on the JLC 889/2, 35 jewels, 28,800 vph.
The Star Wheel uses an unconventional method of time indication. Three transparent sapphire disks, or star wheels, are each inscribed with four hour indicators and attached to a rotating center wheel. As the assembly turns, the current hour indicator is rotated into view and then passed across a 120-degree minutes sector. The time is read by noting the visible hour pointing to the current minute. If you like more information about this wonderful timepiece, I recommend to read Dr Thomas Mao’s excellent article.
The article by Thomas Mao says it all; excellent read indeed.