Since making her big screen breakthrough in Slumdog Millionaire, Freida Pinto has become known for inhabiting many types of roles. She has worked on blockbuster Hollywood films such as Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and more personal projects such as Terrence Malicks’ upcoming Knight of Cups.
At the same time, she has used her celebrity to bring attention to serious issues, like the rights of women and children around the world. The fact that Pinto can encapsulate both glamour and gutsiness is one of the reasons Swiss watchmakers Audemars Piguet approached her to become the brand ambassador for the Millenary collection for women. The company is serious about engaging women watch buyers and the also bringing a wider audience to the Millenary, a collection that was conceived as a sporty watch that could easily cross the borders of casual and elegance by combining fun, off-centered dials with glittering diamonds.
At the same time, the latest additions to the woman’s Millenary collection are not just pretty faces. Introduced at SIHH in February, Pinto’s timepiece is a serious work of horology. Housed in the Millenary’s signature oval case, the watch is powered by the 5201 hand-wound movement. The architecture of the caliber was specially designed to showcase this finely finished escapement, including its variable-inertia balance wheel and free-sprung balance spring.
More good news for women who love movements, the glare-proof sapphire case back lets you admire the beautifully engraved 22k gold rotor and perlage polishing.
The front of the watch is pretty impressive, too. There are three versions of the watch, but here Pinto is sporting the 18-carat white gold model, set with 438 brilliant-cut diamonds. The crown is topped with a blue cabochon sapphire. The dial is pave set and paired with a white mother-of-pearl small seconds counter.
What really attracts us to Pinto’s Millenary is that has a very modern femininity. At 39.5 by 35.4mm, the case has a powerful but not overwhelming presence. The pearly finish to the large square alligator strap is another added touch of luxury that doesn’t come off as looking too tough. Like Pinto, it effortlessly bridges the boundaries between red carpets and human rights summits.