CODE 11.59 BY AUDEMARS PIGUET

CODE 11.59 BY AUDEMARS PIGUET

SELFWINDING FLYING TOURBILLON

AN AIR OF CLEAR NIGHT SKY

Le Brassus, 17 November 2020—Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is pleased to reveal two new takes on the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon. Their new dial design combines the refinement of enamel with the shimmering of aventurine glass for a unique effect of star-lit sky.

A CREATIVE BLEND OF AVENTURINE AND ENAMEL

To complement the collection’s complex architecture and countless details, the Manufacture’s dial makers have covered the timepiece’s gold dial with a blend of crushed aventurine glass and “Grand Feu” enamel for an expressive touch of creativity.

Each “Grand Feu” enamel dial is unique due to the organic nature of its materials, as well as the hand manufacturing technique and distinctive cooking time. A very thin layer of glass sand mixed with water is applied by hand on the crushed aventurine glass, before being heated at more than 800°C in a dedicated oven. The procedure is repeated multiple times to achieve remarkable transparency, depth and light. Each cooking session necessitates different temperatures and times.

BLACK AVENTURINE AND PINK GOLD

The first new model featuring a black aventurine enamel dial serving as backdrop to hand-finished 18-carat pink gold hour-markers, Arabic numerals and hands, is illuminated by an 18-carat pink gold case. The flying tourbillon cage located at 6 o’clock also presents a subtle pink gold-toned touch. The complex double curved sapphire crystal, which perfectly integrates the curvature of the extra-thin bezel, magnifies the dial’s night sky effect by adding a mesmerising play of light.

The collection’s dedicated openworked oscillating weight, visible through the sapphire caseback, is honed from 22-carat pink gold and echoes the case’s colour.

SMOKED BLUE AND WHITE GOLD

The second variation of the new Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon unites a blue aventurine enamel dial with a case, hour-markers, Arabic numerals and hands in 18-carat white gold, entirely hand-finished throughout. The dial is further endowed with a smoked effect for added depth and refinement. This gradation is achieved by incorporating blue and black aventurine glass into the enamel. The rhodium-toned flying tourbillon cage at 6 o’clock echoes the bright tonality of the watch’s white gold case.

To further match with the case’s colour, the openworked oscillating weight, visible through the sapphire caseback, is made in rhodium-toned 22-carat pink gold.

REFINED HAND-FINISHED GOLD CASE                                                             

The two models’ gold cases are adorned with an alternation of satin-brushed and polished surfaces highlighting the watch’s multifaceted architecture. Only a small team of finishing experts have the necessary experience to decorate the collection’s complex case that weaves together an extra-thin bezel, an octagonal middle case, a round caseback and highly stylised lugs.

PRESTIGIOUS FLYING TOURBILLON

The two new takes on the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon are powered by Selfwinding Manufacture calibre 2950, which combines a flying tourbillon with a central rotor.

Since it was developed in the 1920s, the flying tourbillon has been a symbol of watchmaking excellence and art. Today, Audemars Piguet is amongst the few watchmakers trained to perfect this mechanism.

Audemars Piguet’s first flying tourbillon wristwatch made its appearance in 2018 in the Royal Oak Concept collection. The Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet represents the Manufacture’s second collection to host this prestigious mechanism.

“The latest expression of the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon brings together the dreamlike beauty of the aventurine dial with the inherent technicity of this important complication.”

Michael Friedman

Head of Complication

 “Born in Le Brassus, raised around the world.”

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon // 41 mm

26396BC.OO.D002CR.01

FUNCTIONS

Flying tourbillon, hours, minutes.

CASE

18-carat white gold case, double glareproofed sapphire crystal, glareproofed sapphire caseback, water-resistant to 30 m.

DIAL

Blue aventurine enamel dial with smoked effect, 18-carat white gold applied hour-markers and hands, black lacquered inner bezel.

STRAP

Hand-stitched “large square-scale” black alligator strap with 18-carat white gold AP folding clasp.

MOVEMENT SPECIFICATIONS

Selfwinding Manufacture Calibre 2950

Total diameter                                                                     30.9 mm (13 ¾ lignes)

Total thickness                                                                     6.24 mm

Number of parts                                                                  270

Number of jewels                                                                27

Minimum power reserve guaranteed                              65 h

Frequency of balance wheel                                             3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon // 41mm

26396OR.OO.D002CR.02

FUNCTIONS

Flying tourbillon, hours, minutes.

CASE

18-carat pink gold case, double glareproofed sapphire crystal, glareproofed sapphire caseback, water-resistant to 30 m.

DIAL

Black aventurine enamel dial, 18-carat pink gold applied hour-markers and hands, black lacquered inner bezel.

STRAP

Hand-stitched “large square-scale” black alligator strap with 18-carat pink gold AP folding clasp.

MOVEMENT SPECIFICATIONS

Selfwinding Manufacture Calibre 2950

Total diameter                                                                     30.9 mm (13 ¾ lignes)

Total thickness                                                                     6.24 mm

Number of parts                                                                  270

Number of jewels                                                                27

Minimum power reserve guaranteed                              65 h

Frequency of balance wheel                                             3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)

Press release and visuals:

https://audemarspiguet.picturepark.com/Go/gw91DAQi

Join the discussion @AudemarsPiguet

Follow us on                 #AudemarsPiguet

Facebook                              https://www.facebook.com/audemarspiguet

Instagram                              https://www.instagram.com/audemarspiguet

LinkedIn                                https://www.linkedin.com/company/audemars-piguet

Twitter                                   https://www.twitter.com/AudemarsPiguet

Weibo                                    https://e.weibo.com/audemarspiguetchina 

Youku                                    https://i.youku.com/aptvofficial

YouTube                               https://www.youtube.com/c/audemarspiguet

About Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet is the oldest fine watchmaking manufacturer still in the hands of its founding families (Audemars and Piguet). Based in Le Brassus since 1875, the company has nurtured generations of talented craftspeople who have continuously developed new skills and techniques, broadening their savoir-faire to set rule-breaking trends. In the Vallée de Joux, at the heart of the Swiss Jura, Audemars Piguet has created numerous masterpieces, testament to the Manufacture’s ancestral savoir-faire and forward-thinking spirit. Sharing its passion and savoir-faire with watch enthusiasts worldwide through the language of emotions, Audemars Piguet has established enriching exchanges among fields of creative practices and fostered an inspired community. Born in Le Brassus, raised around the world. — http://www.audemarspiguet.com

© Audemars Piguet 2020

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s