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Watch & Learn: Sandra Ng’s Audemars Piguet

This diamond-studded timepiece dazzles Art Basel Hong Kong

While Sandra Ng may not be a household name in the United States, in Asia the comedic film and TV actress is a superstar—we’re talking Angelina Jolie famous.

And like Jolie, Ng is a very influential trendsetter—her clothes, haircuts and even her taste in art is widely copied. Earlier this month she was seen at Art Basel Hong Kong, mingling with fellow celebrities Louis Koo and Edison Chen, as well as artists Takashi Murakami, Alex Prager, Yoshitomo Nara and Zeng Fanzhi.

The event itself made news with six-figure sales for artists such as George Condo and David Salle, but Ng also made a splash with her white gold and diamond Audemars Piguet Millenary 5201 timepiece.


Audemars Piguet Millenary 5201 timepiece

High-end women’s timepieces don’t always get the attention they deserve, but Audemars Piguet has been producing horologically significant women’s wristwatches since 1900. The 5201 was introduced at SIHH 2015 to celebrate the Millenary collection’s 20th anniversary.

The new Millenary was made to demonstrate that being smart doesn’t have to take a backseat to beauty in a women’s watch. It took three years for AP to develop the hand-wound 5201 movement, which was engineered to specifically fit into the elegant oval-shaped 18-carat white gold and diamond-set case. It also has an offset dial so that you could see the see the beating heart (the balance wheel) of the mechanism without losing the legibility of the display. The 19-jewel caliber is just 4.16mm thick and beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour and has 54 hours of power reserve.

At 39.5mm and set on a pearly, dark gray alligator strap with diamond-set 18-carat white gold pin buckle (it also comes with a basic black alligator strap), the watch also has presence. For a star like Ng, who not only stars in but also produces her own projects, it makes sense that she would choose a timepiece that values innovation and style equally.