Two days ago, on 20 November 2011, Moscow's legendary temple of dance and opera re-opened its doors after six years of extensive restoration work, made possible by several sponsors, amongst whom haute horlogerie maison Audemars Piguet.
Over three thousand workers and craftsmen were involved in restoring the theatre to its previous splendour, extending the stage area, introducing modern sound systems and restoring the acoustics to their original state. No detail was overlooked during the building's refurbishment, right down to its interior décor with innumerable gilt mirror frames. The curtains of the Czar's box and the stage were hand sewn in gold thread.
To celebrate the completion of the restoration work, the theatre opened with an unforgettable performance of 'Sleeping Beauty,' with music by Tchaikovsky. The part of the princess was played by none other than star dancer and Audemars Piguet Ambassador, Svetlana Zakharova.
As one of the proud sponsors of the evening, Audemars Piguet also presented the limited edition Jules Audemars 'Bolshoi', available in rose or white gold with an elegant anthracite dial. The piece is a fine expression of the brand's watchmaking 'savoir-faire.' Considered by experts as one of the finest automatic movements ever made, the calibre 2120 is part of the historical tradition that helped forge the brand's reputation. The watch's sapphire crystal reveals the beauty of this model's movement. It is just 2.45 mm in thickness, and its skeletonized oscillating weight is engraved with a depiction of the theatre's facade. The Jules Audemars 'Bolshoi' watch is made in a limited edition of 99 pieces (50 in rose gold and 49 in white gold), corresponding to the number of years separating the founding of the two houses, the Bolshoi Theatre in 1776 and Audemars Piguet Manufacture in 1875.