In-Depth The Audemars Piguet CODE 11.59 Grande Sonnerie Carillon Supersonnerie
In the chronicles of complicated watchmaking, there are no complications more forbiddingly perplexing than tolling complications. Tolling complications require a more complete authority of watchmaking than some other complication, and their components don’t simply flaunt a high parts tally – they likewise require an exhaustive handle of the absolute most unreasonable mechanical connections between the different parts to be found in top of the line watchmaking. The late Donald de Carle, in his book Complicated Watches And Their Repair (first distributed in 1956), by and large sticks with the detached disposition of an expert composition for different experts, however he permits himself to receive a nearly Yoda-like tone while examining the maintenance of tolling watches, saying in addition to other things that no different complications more interest a “quiet, cool, and gathered” perspective than those with mallets and gongs. He additionally harshly demands that nobody should start to chip away at a ringing watch except if they are equipped for being given a case of dismantled parts and gathering a completely practical watch beginning to end without expecting to counsel a guidance manual. (This appears to be an inconceivably elevated expectation, however a look at the tolling works of any striking watch will in a split second persuade you regarding his point – you would prefer not to begin chipping away at one without knowing exactly what you are doing.)
Audemars Piguet has had a standing as a creator of ringing complications nearly all along. Above, grande sonnerie with quarter repeater, made by Jules-Louis Audemars preceding his organization with Edward-Auguste Piguet.
Of course, the complexity of a tolling watch is just the start; dealing with ringing watches requests a fine eye and consistent hand, yet in addition a good ear – the watchmaker is liable for guaranteeing that the striking train tolls at a satisfying rhythm (what that implies can regularly change from one customer to another) and guaranteeing that the temper of the gongs, just as the way in which they are appended to the development (or, as progressively the case today, to the actual case or even the precious stone), is done so as to create the ideal sound. The gongs must, obviously, solid the correct notes, precisely and without disunity, and even the casemaker’s specialty is included, as how you work the metal can dramatically affect the last result.
The AP Concept Minute Repeater Supersonnerie, 2016.
If this is valid for all ringing complications, it is particularly valid for the grande sonnerie. Grande sonneries are rarely experienced in any structure – in my entire life as a watch sweetheart, I have gotten an opportunity to see a simple small bunch face to face; far less than the quantity of repeaters I have seen, and the uncommonness of grande sonneries makes tourbillons look extremely common. A grande sonnerie is sometimes likewise called a “clock-watch” since, similar to a clock, they are equipped for tolling on-request, similar to a repeater, yet additionally en passant, or “in passing,” ringing the hours and quarter hours with no requirement for initiation by the wearer. In light of the energy needed by the complication, there is a different origin barrel only for the striking train and, perpetually, there is a methods by which to initiate, or deactivate, the hour and quarter strikes. A force save sign for the striking train is frequently found too. A grande et petite sonnerie can be set to ring the hours and quarters (grande sonnerie) simply the hours (petite sonnerie) or set to not toll at all.
The Audemars Piguet CODE 11.59 Grande Sonnerie Carillon Supersonnerie
The AP 11.59 Grande Sonnerie Carillon Supersonnerie is the most recent in a long queue of wristwatch grande sonnerie watches from Audemars Piguet – which is something surprising to have the option to say about any watch brand. The company’s first grande sonnerie watches were a set of five pocket watches, made by Philippe Dufour, which were completed between 1982 and 1988. Dufour would proceed to make the first grande sonnerie wristwatch at any point delivered, in 1992.
Grande et petite sonnerie pocket watch by Philippe Dufour for Audemars Piguet, 1987. Courtesy: AP Heritage Collection
Grande et petite sonnerie wristwatches were first made by AP in 1995, when 73 watches, ref. 25750BA, were made; these were additionally quarter repeaters. The first grande et petite sonnerie minute rehashing watch developments continued in 1996 – these were the type 2890 (grande et petite sonnerie, bells, minute repeater) and type 2891 (grande et petite sonnerie, carillon, and minute repeater, with power save for the striking train and for the going train). The last type was utilized in the Grande et Petite Sonnerie Repetition Minutes Carillon, Reserve de Sonnerie et Dynamographe, referred to comically by Timezone.com’s Carlos Perez as ” the watch with the longest name on the planet .” That watch was important for the Jules Audemars scope of watches, which is presently a sorry excuse for its previous self, albeit a grande et petite sonnerie with power save for the strike is as yet a piece of the assortment . The CODE 11.59 Grande Sonnerie Carillon Supersonnerie ought to, I assume, truly be known as the Audemars Piguet CODE 11.59 Grande et Petite Sonnerie Carillon Supersonnerie, as it does in reality have both terrific and little strike capabilities.
The Audemars Piguet CODE 11.59 Grande Sonnerie Supersonnerie: fantastic and little strike, minute repeater, with pailloné enamel dial by Anita Porchet.
The CODE 11.59 Grande Sonnerie is the most recent ringing watch from Audemars Piguet to profit by the Supersonnerie innovation the company has been steadily fusing into its tolling watches since the principal AP Concept Supersonnerie appeared in 2016. (The first idea watch was appeared in 2014 .) The current arrangement of Supersonnerie watches incorporates the Concept Supersonnerie , and the CODE 11.59 Minute Repeater Supersonnerie, which won the Men’s Complication prize at the 2019 GPHG , just as the Royal Oak Minute Repeater Supersonnerie . AP has additionally delivered a Supersonnerie repeater in the Jules Audemars line , in 2017. The CODE 11.59 Grande Sonnerie addresses the first occasion when that the Supersonnerie specialized arrangements have been combined with a grande et petite sonnerie, repetition minutes (grand and little strike, with minute repeater) complication.
Lest we forget, “chimes” is likewise for the sake of the watch – the term was initially utilized (is as yet used) to depict a set of chapel ringers. In watches and wristwatches, it’s for the most part understood to allude to a tolling watch that rings on multiple gongs – on account of the CODE 11.59 Grande Sonnerie, the quarter strike rings on three gongs (high, center, and low notes), while the hour send out is a low vibe, and the moment strike, a high note (as is standard in moment repeaters).
A type 2890, 39mm case, AP grande et petite sonnerie, sold at Antiquorum HK, 2019.
All this is by means of another development, which is the type 2956. This is the replacement to the types 2890 and 2891 and, without a doubt, from the back, you may effectively take it for one of its archetypes as the design of the scaffolds, position of the gems, and position and direction of the gongs are indistinguishable. Notwithstanding, the gongs are not, at this point appended to the development plate in the type 2956 – all things considered, likewise with other Supersonnerie watches, they are affixed to a reverberating layer, from which sound engenders through little openings in the caseback. Notwithstanding its complexity, type 2956 is a strikingly compact development – 489 sections are in a space only 29.9mm in diameter and just 5.88mm thick, running in 53 gems (equivalent to the 2890) at 21,600 vph.
Caliber 2956, dial side, showing the sonnerie and rehashing works.
Top plate side; the three sledges are noticeable to one side, simply over the equilibrium cock.
The development, as is standard for grande et petite sonnerie calibers, has a selector that permits the wearer to choose either fantastic strike (programmed hour and quarter strikes), little strike (hour strike just), or quiet mode, in which no ringing happens. As is customary in tolling watches, the rehashing and sonnerie works are under the dial, however a brisk look will surely serve to affirm de Carle’s point about the need for being quiet, cool, and gathered when dealing with one!
The Paillonné Enamel Dials
The dials for every one of the five watches in this extremely restricted arrangement are made in the atelier of Anita Porchet, who is maybe the absolute most generally realized enamelist working in Switzerland today. She’s an expert of basically every part of plating, including the amazingly requesting and unforgiving specialty of finish smaller than expected composition, however she is likewise notable for her paillonné enamel work, which right up ’til today moderately barely any enamelists practice. Paillonné gets its name from the little, ornamental gold or silver paillons, or spangles, which are cut each in turn from metal foil, and the creation of which is something of an under-appreciated skill. Subsequently, Porchet regularly utilizes antique paillons in her work, and those utilized for the dials of the CODE 11.59 Grande Sonnerie Supersonnerie are all, as per AP, at any rate a century old.
Anita Porchet at work.
Producing any finish dial is a to some degree relentless interaction (in spite of the fact that it tends to be scaled up for bigger arrangement creation, for the most part this is impossible with more distinctive and work concentrated methods like paillonné, which includes too numerous fundamentally manual, and essentially high-ability, strategies). The initial phase in making a paillonné enamel dial is the formation of a foundation layer of hued polish, which starts with the readiness of the actual veneer. Veneer is basically pigmented glass, and the initial step is to pound the crude finish into an exceptionally fine powder, utilizing a mortar and pestle. The veneer is then blended in with a conveying specialist like water or oil and applied to the dial with a fine brush (the brushes utilized in lacquer work sometimes comprise of simply a solitary hair).
In request to accomplish the ideal profundity and wealth of shading, a few layers are progressively applied. Each layer is terminated independently in an enamelist’s broiler, at a temperature of 800ºC, before the following layer of veneer is applied. A lot of care and consideration is essential consistently from drafts to residue can debase the finish, or cause it to air pocket or break during the application and terminating measures, and as fans of such a work know, that implies disposing of the work-in-progress and beginning once again again.
Next, the individual paillons are applied, one at a time.
The dial is re-terminated, to set the paillons in place. At long last, a layer of clear lacquer is applied over the paillons and cleaned to a serious shine wrap up, completing the process.
Porchet has created dials for three of the five watches, which is the explanation you don’t see each of them five here – the leftover two are being held for custom orders. Porchet’s work is known and gathered globally, so it appears to be likely they will be represented very soon – even at CHF 710,000.
This is, obviously, such a watchmaking which, on each level, has basically nothing to do with watchmaking as the majority of us by and large know it and experience it, and it addresses extravagance in the most conventional feeling of the word: It costs whatever it expenses, and it takes as long as it takes. I’m likely never going to see one of these face to face, which feels somewhat of a disgrace. I have been following Porchet’s work for a long time, and I’d love to see this one, and between the development, dial, and case completing, it is practically certain to be amazing. The lone drawback I can see to adjusting this development to a Supersonnerie case is that there’s no presentation back, nor could there have been one – Supersonnerie implies that both the resounding layer and genuine caseback block the view. The potential gain, however, is more prominent volume and more extravagant sound, and in a grande et petite sonnerie watch, the nature of the hear-able experience bests the visual razzle-astonish a perspective on the development would manage. Given a decision between the three dials, I figure I would presumably need the one with brilliant circles, which looks a lot of like the impression of raindrops falling into the profundities of a moonlit lake on a mid year night – a most, you could say, thunderous picture, to oblige one of horology’s most extraordinary, generally requesting to make, and most noble complications.
The Audemars Piguet CODE 11.59 Grande Sonnerie Supersonnerie: case, 18k white gold, 41mm x 13.505mm, 20M water obstruction, with screw-down crown; Supersonnerie reverberating layer and punctured caseback. Development, AP type 2956, 29.9mm x 5.88mm, grande et petite sonnerie, minute repeater, with work selector for stupendous strike, little strike, or quiet mode. Recurrence, 21,600 vph, running in 53 gems, 489 components. Force hold, 48 hours. A restricted arrangement of five watches, with three dials created and two watches saved for custom lacquer dial commissions; dials by Anita Porchet. Value, CHF 710,000; discover more at AudemarsPiguet.com.