Audemars Piguet’s Celestial Wonder

  • Laurie Kahle

Audemars Piguet looks skyward and contemplates time from a celestial point of view with the extremely limited Special Edition Millenary Astrologia Perpetual Calendar for women ($100,200). As the Earth progresses through its elliptical orbit around the sun each year, the seasons change, and the planet passes through the 12 constellations of the zodiac. The Millenary Astrologia charts this romantic notion of time on its oval mother-of-pearl dial with an offset hour dial cut from shimmery blue aventurine, a stone that some believe holds mystical properties that enhance a sense of confidence and well-being. Colorful flowers, leaves, snowflakes, and a sun are scattered around the dial, alluding to the changing seasons, while a sun-tipped pointer indicates the current zodiac position. A small hand in the perpetual calendar window at 12 o’clock marks the season. Audemars selected its automatic caliber 2120/2801, one of the thinnest movements with a central rotor, for the base movement, which is meticulously hand finished and showcased through the sapphire crystal case back. The piece can even be customized with a specific zodiac sign engraved on the rotor. While we’ve seen a number of tourbillons, moon phases, and chronographs for women, it’s still quite rare to come across a ladies’ perpetual calendar. Rarer still is one whose beauty outshines its brain. (888.214.6858, www.audemarspiguet.com)

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