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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Nice moves: Jules Audemars Extra-Thin Limited Edition Bolshoi

Following six-year years of renovation, the world renowned Russian temple of dance and opera, the Bolshoi, has reopened its doors for the 236th season in its history with a performance of Sleeping Beauty.

The role of Sleeping Beauty was performed by top Russian ballet dancer and Audemars Piguet ambassadress Svetlana Zakharova. She dazzled some 1,700 privileged spectators who attended the show on Sunday, November 20th.

To celebrate the reopening of the Bolshoi Theatre, the Audemars Piguet has raised the curtain on an Extra-Thin Jules Audemars series limited edition watch featuring an open-worked oscillator engraved with the facade of the famous building.

The Bolshoi Theatre

Six years ago, the Bolshoi Theatre, once the epitome of Russian culture, was threatened with closure. Fortunately the decision was made to give this legendary venue back its sparkle.

More than 3,000 workmen and artisans worked on the site to effectively double the size of the theatre, as well as equipping it with ultra modern equipment. The Bolshoi today looks like it did in 1856 when it was renovated following a fire.

No detail was overlooked, from the gold leaf covered stucco to the gold leaf framing of mirrors, to the stage curtains and those in the Tsar’s box, entirely hand-stitched with gold thread. A magnificent achievement.

Jules Audemars Bolshoi series

The special Jules Audemars “Bolshoi” series comes in pink or white gold with an elegant anthracite dial. Regarded by connoisseurs as one of the most beautiful self-winding movements, the watch is powered by calibre 2120.

Its sapphire case-back is barely 2.45 mm thick. Inside, the open-worked oscillator of the 2120 calibre has been decorated with the famous theatre facade.

The watch will be available in a limited edition of  99 pieces (50 in pink gold and 49 in white gold). The number represents the time gap between the creation of the two Houses; the Bolshoi theatre, founded in 1776 and Audemars Piguet, founded in 1875.

Jules Audemars Extra-Thin Limited Edition Bolshoi

Total diameter: 28.49 mm
Thickness: 2.45 mm
37 jewels -214 parts
Power reserve: approx. 40 hours
Cadence of balance: 19'800 vibrations/hour

18-carat white gold or pink gold case Sapphire crystal case-back, water-resistant to 20m

Anthracite dial, white gold or pink gold applied hour-markers

Hand-stitched ‘’large square scale’’ anthracite crocodile strap with 18-carat white gold or pink gold pin buckle

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