Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph22 September 2022
Limited to only 50 pieces, Audemars Piguet introduce a new variation of its Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph in 18-carat pink gold and black ceramic.
“The latest version of our selfwinding flying tourbillon chronograph brings together the contemporary nature of hand-finished black ceramic and the timeless impact of 18- carat pink gold into a unified and balanced design. The entire watch is a canvas for 21st century hand-finishing and a celebration of the latest generation of complicated mechanisms.” Michael Friedman Head of Complications
Even though ceramic has already been used in the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet chronographs in 2021, this is the first time that a number of complicated models in the collection have been crafted in this ultra-resistant material. With its contemporary design, black ceramic provides a blank canvas for the traditional skills of the Manufacture’s craftspeople. Each component is pre-polished and pre-satin-brushed before being painstakingly hand-finished with the brand’s trademark alternation of satin brushing and polished chamfers. These finishes can notably be admired on the model’s case middle, offering a fascinating interplay with the light.
Echoing the two-tone case, the movement is comprised of openworked bridges in both black and pink-gold tones, matching with the pink gold-toned balance wheel. The 18-carat white gold hands bring light into the heart of the movement, while the bridges and decorative elements feature 111 V-angles that have been sandblasted, satin-finished and polished by hand. The decoration of the movement alone represents over 70 hours of work.
The transparent chronograph counters and the flying tourbillon cage at six o’clock also reveal parts of the watch mechanism below, allowing the viewer to admire the finesse of the different decorative techniques.
The new Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph is powered by the Calibre 2952, Audemars Piguet’s latest automatic movement that is equipped with a hypnotic flying tourbillon and a contemporary flyback chronograph. This mechanism allows the chronograph to be reset and restarted with one push, without having to stop it first. A 65-hour power reserve and water resistance of 20 metres complete this sporty complication.
The sapphire caseback reveals essential elements among the movement’s 479 components, including the 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight. The caseback also bears the engraving “Limited Edition of 50 Pieces.”(Price CHF 272,500 + TAX)