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Audemars Piguet Code 11.59

Audemars Piguet unveils its brand new collection of round watches at the SIHH.

The Code 11.59 collection includes the Code 11.59 Selfwinding, Selfwinding Chronograph, Perpetuel Calendar, Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon, Tourbillon Openworked and Minute Repeater Supersonnerie.

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Code 11.59 Selfwinding © Audemars Piguet

The Round, the Octagonal and the Beyond

Audemars Piguet interweaves tensions and opposite forces in the design of the collection’s uniquely recognisable case. By boldly embedding an octagonal middlecase within a round case, Audemars Piguet cuts through the timeline of its long history of form and design experimentations.

The upper part of the openworked lugs is welded to the extra-thin bezel, while the lower part leans delicately against the caseback in perfect alignment. All teams at Audemars Piguet have been implicated in their design and manufacture. New processes challenging traditional production standards were developed to solder the lugs to this extremely thin surface.

Satin-brushed, bevelled and polished, the bezel, lugs and case present high complexity finishing techniques usually found on calibres.

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Selfwinding Chronograph © Audemars Piguet

The Optical Crystal Experience

The Manufacture has created a complex double curved glareproofed sapphire crystal, whose tense, arched profile embodies the watch’s contemporary design.

The glass’s internal surface is shaped like a dome, while its external surface is vertically curved from 6 to 12 o’clock. Its shape perfectly integrates the extrathin bezel and extends from edge to edge. Playing with depth, perspective and light, this double curved sapphire crystal dives into the world of optics for a unique visual experience, while enhancing the detailed work on the dial.

The polished chamfer all around the glass adds the finishing touch, while echoing the perfect finish of the bezel, lugs and case.

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Perpetuel Calendar © Audemars Piguet

Raised 3-D Logo Created Atom by Atom and Applied by Hand

The extra-thin bezel brings forward the artistry of the smooth lacquered dial.

The Audemars Piguet signature presents a unique topography, driving the art of horology to its limits. Made of thin layers of gold, it is achieved through a chemical process akin to 3-D printing known as galvanic growth. Each letter is connected with links approximately the size of a hair and placed by hand on the dial with tiny legs almost invisible to the eye.

Going against initial warnings regarding the feasibility of such a logo, Audemars  Piguet engineers followed their firm convictions. Making no compromise, they went through an extensive prototyping process, testing a wide array of variations before settling on final procedures and proportions.

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Minute Repeater Supersonnerie © Audemars Piguet

Six Calibres of the Latest Generation

This collection features a large choice of six in-house calibres of the latest generation.

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Tourbillon Openworked © Audemars Piguet

Among these six calibres, three are new: an integrated column wheel chronograph with flyback function, a selfwinding calibre with seconds and date indication, and a selfwinding flying tourbillon calibre.

High-end finishing is the very essence of Audemars Piguet’s watches. In respect of Audemars Piguet’s traditions and values, these movements are beautifully decorated to the slightest details with a wide array of finishing techniques, including “traits  tirés”, “Côtes  de  Genève”, circular graining, circular satin, diamond-polished angles and gold-toned engravings. 

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Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon © Audemars Piguet

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