Introducing The Audemars Piguet CODE 11.59 Selfwinding And Selfwinding Chronograph, With Lacquer Dials
To say that CODE 11.59 appeared to blended surveys is to say nothing by any stretch of the imagination. While numerous fans were intrigued by the specialized capability in plain view – the assortment highlighted a large group of new developments, remembering AP’s first for house self-winding chronograph development – just as the detailed case development and clearly significant degree of craftsmanship throughout, the dials, particularly in the less complex models, were extremely troublesome. Nonetheless, the CODE 11.59 assortment isn’t going anyplace. Audemars Piguet has committed itself to the assortment for the long stretch, and both as a badge of that commitment and as a sign that the assortment will keep on advancing, AP has recently delivered the most recent adaptations of the CODE 11.59 Selfwinding and Selfwinding Chronograph models. These component five new sunburst finish dials, just as a very striking new form of the case, in white gold, with a pink gold case middle.
The assembling of two-tone cases utilizing two gold composites is a general extraordinariness at Audemars Piguet as far as the recorded creation (in spite of the fact that, obviously, we have seen a more successive utilization of two-tone development in the Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore, including the reference 5402SA and the reference 15400 ). As per AP’s documents, of the 550 complicated watches the firm delivered somewhere in the range of 1882 and 1969 (a number whose overall minuteness bears considering; the company’s absolute number of workers didn’t surpass 30 until the year 1950, and didn’t surpass 100 until the 1970s), there are just eight which combined two kinds of gold. There were, obviously, two-tone watches which combined gold and steel, including the ref. 1533 which was the reason during the current year’s [Re]Master chronograph , however utilizing two various types of gold was significantly more strange. In AP’s whole creation preceding 1970, there is just a solitary watch which combines white and pink gold.
I think one about the issues with the original CODE 11.59 time-just watches was that the dials endured fairly in comparison with the cases. Albeit the case engineering took some becoming acclimated to for long-lasting AP fans, and particularly for AP aficionados who have come to the brand all the more as of late and know it to a great extent through the Royal Oak, the Offshore, and the different cycles of those models (and I think some AP fans won’t ever become acclimated to it), there was, particularly in the event that you got an opportunity to see the cases face to face, no repudiating the nature of development and the incredibly fastidiously applied hand completing on the cases. The dials, as opposed to the gem like shine of the cases, the powerful design of the developments, and the somewhat hypnotizing special visualization made by the twofold bended gems, appeared to be fairly plain. What’s more, in spite of the fact that AP was at incredible torments to clarify the complexity of the dial development and the specialized difficulties that must be overcome, there were as yet many – not a collectively joined front, not that AP fans are at any point consistently joined on anything, yet many – who felt that the original dial plans in the time-just models came up short. (I should call attention to, coincidentally, that the typeface for the numerals isn’t a newcomer to AP possibly; it tends to be found in the reference brief repeater, which was completed in 1951).
The new models are not the first nor the solitary CODE 11.59 models to have dials with shading angles or more complicated dials. The moment repeater at dispatch had a blue angle dial, as did oneself winding flying tourbillon; there is, obviously, the openworked tourbillon model also, and the unending schedule had a dazzling blue aventurine dial. I think AP presumably perceived that having a dial treatment which offered a more prominent feeling of visual profundity would likely make a serious unexpected impression in comparison to the level dials for the less complex dispatch models, thus the company delivered a watch which was somewhat the state of what might be on the horizon – a restricted release for the Bolshoi Ballet, with a blue slope grand feu enamel dial . That watch came at an extensive premium more than the $26,800 cost for the standard models, at $41,300, yet the advantages of the more intricate dial were quickly apparent and likely incited the company to choose to create outwardly comparable, yet significantly less exorbitant, variants for the normal assortment as well.
Case Design At Audemars Piguet
The CODE 11.59 case has a most irregular development – the case center, which is octagonal fit as a fiddle (a visual connection associating the assortment to, obviously, the Genta legacy and the octagonal bezel of the Royal Oak), is a different part, and the hauls append just to the upper piece of the case; there is brief hole where the carries lie against the caseback and by and large, the watch appears to drape suspended from the drags. The impact is incredibly unobtrusive gratitude to the little size of the hole, however it’s certainly recognizable in the event that you look intently. I have had a few chances to see these cases face to face, and how much the completion is finely executed is difficult to exaggerate. Regardless of whether the plan is your specific image of vodka, the extremely sharp advances among brushed and cleaned surfaces are quickly striking just like the high caliber of the different completions overall.
These are physically applied and are comparable in numerous regards to the hand-completing methods found on haute horlogerie calibers. The cases are somewhat thick, however that thickness is, I think, purposeful, in that it gives a greater material to the presentation of the diverse cleaning strategies. All things considered, if AP wishes to make a super slender watch, it has that ability – its super flimsy watches are a fundamental and fascinating piece of its legacy – yet in this occurrence, something all the more obviously engineering was plainly the objective. The Royal Oak is properly renowned for its progressive treatment of tempered steel, yet in any event regarding complexity and quality, the CODE 11.59 case can without much of a stretch stand comparison with its stablemate from the 1970s.
While it is enticing and to some degree regular to consider surprising case plan at AP as starting and pretty much closure with the Royal Oak, the company has been delivering cases which particularly fall outside the domain of the customary for some, numerous years – undoubtedly, for nearly as long as they have been making wristwatches of any sort whatsoever. The introduction of the wristwatch is, indeed, straightforwardly connected to the innovation of surprising case shapes, or our opinion about as bizarre case shapes.
I have consistently felt that the most provoking piece of a watch to plan, especially if the watch is round, are the lugs. The change from case to haul influences everything – what it is dealt with means for the presence of the watch, yet in addition how it feels once it is on the wrist. The way that wristwatches should be joined to the uttermost finish of the human furthest point implies that the association should be a safe one, and hence, different mathematical cases turned into a piece of the early history of the principal genuine wristwatches, and the primary wristwatches from Audemars Piguet, very quickly. Past the exacting calculation of rectilinear cases, there is additionally, when the specialized issue of getting round or oval watches has been settled (and it was generally tackled by the creation of the spring bar ), the way that rectilinear math in watch cases offers a chance to leave significantly from the oppression of the round case. AP has, for a large portion of its set of experiences, done precisely that – not solely, maybe, yet consistently.
Gems And Cases
The precious stone of a watch is, when in doubt, something that is relied upon to vanish – we for the most part judge the nature of a gem by how much it is imperceptible and allows us to encounter the dial unhindered. The special cases for this are generally watches in which the gem is an augmentation of the case – watches with sapphire cases are the most clear model. I can’t think about another cutting edge watch in which the making of a particular optical impact, with what from the start appears to be a customary round precious stone, is important for the plan of the watch, and the twofold bended gem in the CODE 11.59 assortment is somewhat upsetting from the start. Its unordinary calculation is imperceptible when you look at the watch straight on, however saw from a point you get a striking layered impact – one thinks about the columns of seating in a Roman or Greek amphitheater.
The impact is to some degree quieted, in the section level models, by the evenness of the dials, yet in the new veneer angle models, you get a lot more noteworthy feeling of profundity and three-dimensionality. This, thusly, implies that there is a superior feeling of congruity across all the different parts of the watch – dial, case, and development completing all appear to be significantly more of a piece. This stretches out even to a more noteworthy feeling of association between the case completing and development completing – truth be told, of the relative multitude of new models, the two-tone ones are, I think, the most compelling.
The new developments are definitely, in their overall enhanced visualizations, a good accomplice to the assortment by and large. I think they mate particularly well with the white-gold and rose-gold combination cases – you have, obviously, the rotors of both the chronograph and time just models, however you additionally have the combination of mirror cleaned and brushed surfaces in both the case and the system, and they appear to interface with one another, and with different parts of the plan, much better with the new slope dial models.
Small changes can make large contrasts. The new CODE 11.59 dials have, in my view, tossed the temperances of the plans into high alleviation, and they additionally make a scaffold between case, development, dial – and precious stone, which is the same amount of a piece of the plan in its optical impacts as some other piece of the watch – which was maybe a piece sabotaged by the downplayed dials of the dispatch models (once more, in the Selfwinding and Selfwinding Chronograph models just; the high complications are another story and ought to be talked about separately).
Chronograph type 4401, the first in-house self-winding chronograph development from AP.
Caliber 4302, with immediate bouncing date.
It would be incredibly untimely to pass judgment on the CODE 11.59 assortment a triumph. Notwithstanding, I figure it would likewise be untimely to pass judgment on it a disappointment. In the bigger setting of plan at Audemars Piguet, the assortment sits in a long and complex convention of development in cases; in the bigger setting of development producing, the assortment additionally sits in a long and complex custom of both basic and complicated watchmaking. These most recent forms of the CODE 11.59 assortment have not done too much as far as plan or specialized advancement comparative with the dispatch models, yet the new finish slope dials resemble a fitting drove into an attachment – the instruments on either side are the place where the genuine activity is, however without the flash of association, nothing comes to life. It will be generally fascinating to see where AP goes next with the assortment – it clearly addresses the consumption of extensive capital assets, yet additionally significant inventive energy too. The less difficult dispatch models might not have very nailed the finish, however at that point, neither did the main SpaceX reusable boosters, and we as a whole realize that today they’re basically hitting their imprints, yet surpassing assumptions all around. Now and then large thoughts require a long time to convey on their guarantee, particularly on the off chance that they’re carrying on with their lives out in the open; it’ll be charming to see where AP takes the assortment next.
The CODE 11.59 Selfwinding 41mm and Selfwinding Chronograph 41mm models, with inclination finish dials: cases, 41mm in all cases, in white gold, rose gold, or rose gold case center with white gold top and base. Water opposition 30m for both the Selfwinding and the Selfwinding Chronograph models. Inclination finish dials in five colorways; twofold bended sapphire gem in the front, with level sapphire gem show back. Developments: Selfwinding model, AP in house type 4302, balance connect, freesprung customizable mass equilibrium, 14 lignes/32mm, 28,800 vph, running in 32 gems with 70-hour power save; Selfwinding Chronograph model, AP in-house programmed chronograph type 4401, 14 lignes/32mm, section wheel controlled with balance connect and freesprung movable mass equilibrium, 28,800 vph, running in 40 gems with 70-hour power save. All Selfwinding models, $26,800; all Selfwinding Chronograph models, $42,400. Find out additional at AudemarsPiguet.com.