The end of 2020 has been incredibly wealthy in Haute Horlogerie manifestations for Audemars Piguet . In a couple of months, the brand presented the Code 11.59 Flying Tourbillon Chronograph , the Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon , the full earthenware Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked and, on top of these all around great watches, the super complex Code 11.59 Grande Sonnerie Carillon Supersonnerie . Furthermore, there was more as the brand additionally delivered new models of the Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon watch with refined, unique dials in the “Aventurine Enamel” sub-collection.
Without reviewing the full story on the presentation of the Code 11.59 By Audemars Piguet assortment once more, and despite the fact that there was a lot to adore in the watches, one could, nonetheless, highlight a specific absence of creativity in the debut blue, white or dark dials made in the time-and-date or chronograph models. Perhaps too timid, too traditionalist from a brand that is accustomed to being problematic and to “breaking the rules.” Almost two years after its dispatch, the brand has endeavored to carry some creativity with various new increases to the assortment, including the Smoked Lacquered Dials & Two-Tone Cases seen here , or the impressive handcrafted enamel dials by ace enameller Anita Porchet, part of the Grande Sonnerie Carillon Supersonnerie model . Despite the fact that Code 11.59 may the vision of a cutting edge exemplary, it required a portion of the strength gatherers anticipate from Audemars Piguet.
One of the watches that originally showed up in the assortment was the Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon, which again presented a pristine development – alongside a new time-and-date programmed and an in-house incorporated programmed chronograph . Most readily accessible in white gold with a smoked blue enamel dial and in rose gold with an inky dark enamel dial, the brand has as of late added two new models, which hold a similar shading plans yet add the gleaming magnificence of aventurine to the class of enamel.
The base of the watch, which means its case and development, are indistinguishable from the versions that were introduced in January 2019 at the SIHH. All things considered, we rediscover the attractive 41mm distance across case with its super complex engineering and numerous subtleties to look at. Produced using 18k white gold or 18k pink gold, it shows up from the outset to be a round case… until you look intently along the edges and find that there’s in reality a great deal going on with the Code 11.59 By Audemars Piguet. While the practically non-existent bezel (one of the most slender we’ve seen) is round, it additionally incorporates the hauls, which are definitely not basic. The carries are emptied and combine brushed surfaces with cleaned slopes adding extraordinary dynamism to the case. The general execution, including the great double bended sapphire precious stone that makes interesting contortions, is of perfect quality.
The second significant component is the focal piece of the case. As a tribute to the Royal Oak, a watch that has been critical for Audemars Piguet, the focal compartment has been circumspectly molded with an octagonal profile, by and by with a combination of brushed and cleaned surfaces. Out and out this makes a misleadingly straightforward watch that is present day, generally careful, however loaded with very good quality subtleties and recessed surfaces. As we said already in our review of the chronograph , Code 11.59 By Audemars Piguet – whatever the complication – is “a watch that doesn’t uncover itself completely from the start sight,” and is the AP for adult authorities “who need a watch for themselves and not for others“.
The principle development on these two new Code 11.59 By Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon is to be seen on the dial. It combines the refinement of enamel with the sparkling of aventurine glass for an interesting star-lit sky impact. The brand’s in-house dial producers “have covered the watch’s gold dial with a mix of squashed aventurine glass and Grand Feu enamel,” bringing about a more expressive style for this watch. The interaction is complex and includes different advances. An extremely slim layer of glass sand blended in with water is applied by hand on the squashed aventurine glass prior to being warmed at more than 800°C in an uncommon oven. The system is rehashed on numerous occasions to accomplish astounding straightforwardness, profundity and light. Every meeting in the furnace requires various temperatures and times.
As referenced, two models have been presented. The first plays on an exemplary combination of dark and gold, with a dial made of dark aventurine enamel with a uniform tone, and making a differentiating foundation for the hand-completed 18k pink gold hour markers, Arabic numerals and hands. Additionally, the flying tourbillon confine situated at 6 o’clock is given an inconspicuous pink gold-conditioned touch. And keeping in mind that the blend between a dark dial and a pink gold case is quite often outwardly engaging, the gleaming impact adds some profundity and movement to this watch.
While the model above is warm and rather exemplary, the second form of the Code 11.59 By Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon with aventurine enamel dial is cold and more current. Above all else, the dial is made of blue aventurine enamel with a smoked impact. This degree is accomplished by joining blue and dark aventurine glass into the enamel. The focal point of the dial has more shading immersion while the fringe escalates to a practically dark tone, in this way coordinating the lacquered internal bezel. This tone is complemented by the utilization of 18k white gold for the case, just as the hand-completed hour markers, Arabic numerals and hands. The last touch is the rhodium-plated flying tourbillon cage.
Powering the Code 11.59 By Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon is the in-house type 2950, a development that was first presented in this assortment and that combines a focal rotor and a flying tourbillon. This design for the tourbillon was first put to use in 2018 by Audemars Piguet in a Royal Oak Concept watch since the brand just depended on a customary tourbillon with spans top and base preceding this watch. Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet addresses the production’s subsequent assortment to have this complex instrument, where the tourbillon is cantilevered from the base and where no extension blocks the view from the dial side.
This type 2950 is a cutting edge development, with strong determinations. The tourbillon beats at a 3Hz recurrence and the watch can put away to 65 hours of force hold. It is likewise huge (30.9mm in breadth) and pleasantly fills the caseback. It is done with top of the line enhancements, for example, anglages or vertical Geneva stripes. Contingent upon the model, the openworked wavering weight is made of 22k pink gold (with no further treatment) or of 22k pink gold with a rhodium plating coordinating the case.
Availability & Price
The Code 11.59 By Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon in pink gold with dark aventurine enamel dial (Ref. 26396OR.OO.D002CR.02) and in white gold with smoked blue aventurine enamel dial (Ref. 26396BC.OO.D002CR.01) are both store select watches, not restricted underway. Both will be evaluated at CHF 133,000 (excl. taxes).
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