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Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Chronographe Millenary Carbon One
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Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Chronographe Millenary Carbon One

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We loved the depth of the design of the new Millenary Carbon One.

The Millenary Carbon One embodies the pursuit of research into three-dimensional design that began several years ago with the Tradition d’Excellence N°5, the Millenary with deadbeat seconds, or the classic Jules Audemars Chronometer with Audemars Piguet escapement. In this instance, the aim was to enrich this exploration by making use of new materials. Three-dimensional design aims to move beyond the classic opposition between outside and inside, between the interior of the watch – its movement – and the exterior – meaning the case and the dial with its multiple displays. Thanks to the openworked dial, the Millenary Carbon One clearly reveals the manner in which its parts are layered on various levels. It shows a calibre featuring a modern design that plays on symmetrical effects such as between the barrels and their bridges on either side of the chronograph counter; on redesigned shapes such as the tourbillon bridge; and on materials. The latter focus on black, with blackened steel for the bridges on the dial side, eloxed aluminium for the bridges on the underside and carbon for the mainplate. This is however a very special carbon, an isotropic material composed of carbon nanofibres injected at an extremely high pressure of 7500 N/cm2 and at a temperature of 2400°C in order to achieve a material boasting mechanical, physical and chemical stability in all directions. This amorphous and chemically neutral composite material maintains its dimensions over a broad range of temperatures. Due to its absolutely minimal elastic deformation, this carbon also features exceptional mechanical properties well suited to driving in metal elements, such as the foot screws in the body of the mainplate. Once in place, these components thus guarantee optimal stability. – From Watch Luxus



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