Aside from this necessary verbatim; this shape is not new to their history. The oval case design has been around since the 1980’s but with the Millenary 4101, it is fair to say a Audemars Piguet has delivered a model worthy to be the Royal Oak’s brother in arms.
The Jules Audemars collection has quietly offered a very traditional approach, which has long stood true with those seeking a classic timepiece with or without complication from one of the top Manufacture’s.
The Millenary 4101 seems to bridge this gap nicely…the price point of the steel model sits not too far above the ultra thin Royal Oak & the visual beauty of this model helps explain this difference given the meticulous attention to detail, design & ergonomics.
Visually the audemars piguet millenary replica is stunning as the movement & case are specifically designed to show the oscillating balance wheel & bridges alongside a stylised dial with sub seconds dial. The oval case offers part satinised & part polished areas with a sapphire casebook that illustrates the incredibly clever movement that has been built specifically to ensure the rotor does not disturb the visibility of the balance wheel.
Both the steel & rose gold models are substantial pieces that definitely feel luxurious but like most watches of non-typical proportions, it must be tried on to be truly appreciated.
Ultimately, Audemars Piguet will always struggle with the burden of the audemars piguet replica watch, it’s place in horological history is cemented & virtually any incarnation of this iconic watch will gain immediate good will. Any other offering from this grand old house will forever be in the shadow of its bigger & more successful elder brother!