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The Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

The Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

When Audemars Piguet dispatched the Code 11.59 assortment in 2019, there were a sum of 13 models in six families – time and date; selfwinding chronograph; interminable schedule; flying tourbillon; openworked flying tourbillon; and brief repeater (the last based on the Supersonnerie standards, which were first presented freely in the Royal Oak Concept RD#1 in 2015, and after a year, as the Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie ). The two flying tourbillons are essential for a long history of wristwatch tourbillon advancement at AP, which goes right back to the principal arrangement created programmed tourbillon wristwatch, the type 2870. That watch appeared in 1986 and highlighted various specialized developments, including the utilization of the caseback itself as the development plate, and an extremely minute titanium tourbillon confine. Quite, the primary Code 11.59 tourbillons are hand-twisted; be that as it may, Audemars Piguet today has declared a programmed variant of the hand-wound type 2950, which is the type 2952 – and the 2952 incorporates a flyback chronograph as well.

The entire thought of a tourbillon chronograph isn’t, obviously, another one for AP; truly, the first tourbillon chronograph from the company was presented back in 2003. That watch was the Royal Oak Chronograph Tourbillon Ref. 25977, with the type 2889, running at 21,600 vph in 28 gems. Curiously, the ref. 25977, while clearly not a super slim watch like the 2870, imparted to its archetype a fairly strange angular upper tourbillon connect (it was, be that as it may, a lot bigger watch, at 44mm x 12.9mm). 

Dig the new variety: AP’s first tourbillon chronograph, ref. 25977,  from 2003.

Since at that point, the tourbillon chronograph appears to have been available in AP’s assortments generally as an Offshore-cased, hand-wound wristwatch. In 2014, Ben Clymer detailed AP’s dispatch of a “beast” platinum-cased ten-day Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph in a full platinum case with a platinum wristband; the following year saw the dispatch of an Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph in titanium, with the hand-wound type 2936. The essential format of that watch set the stage, thusly, for the style of the new Code 11.59 Tourbillon Chronograph. Albeit the type 2952 is clearly identified with the 2936 in some essential regards, it additionally shows up from numerous points of view to be a completely novel plan, which truth be told is likewise, on careless visual review, altogether not the same as the Code 11.59 Chronograph. This isn’t astounding when you consider that, notwithstanding joining a tourbillon, the 2952 is a flyback chronograph as well.

The Code 11.59 Tourbillon Chronograph, winding weight removed.

The flying tourbillon; the arms of the pen are inclined and cleaned, and all steelwork is either grained or reflect cleaned also. The subsets for the fastens the steel setting for the upper gem are reflect cleaned; the equilibrium is freesprung, with overcoil, with four gold planning screws.

The 2952 is, obviously, a moderately enormous development at 32.6mm x 9.13mm, and in that space, there are 479 sections. Force save is 65 hours, and the development runs at 21,600 vph in 40 gems. At the top of the line from Audemars Piguet, you get development completing which is top notch, and keeping in mind that any tourbillon chronograph is of interest in fact (and most likely exceptional actually too – all of them I’m mindful of is essentially not the same as its kin from different brands), the level of consideration AP provides for the exemplary crafts of dark (specular) cleaning, anglage, polishing flanks, making and cleaning subsets, etc, is a critical piece of the incentive in a watch of this stature.

The last phase of finishing is finished with pithwood from the gentian plant, which fills locally in the Swiss Jura and whose delicate quality gives it the correct versatility, when accused of jewel powder, for delivering a mirror finish.

There are, these days, essentially two ways to deal with an openworked development. One is to take a current type, and, utilizing penetrating documents and saws (or, as is almost certain these days, a flash disintegration shaper, which is more exact and diminishes the opportunity of actually mutilating the component), eliminate as much metal as possible without lethally compromising usefulness and the unbending nature of the development. This methodology is uncommon yet at the same time utilized by certain companies for specific developments (Jaeger-LeCoultre does it flawlessly with the type 849, for example ).

The elective methodology, and one which is a lot of a component of current watchmaking, is to make a development that is “openworked” or “skeletonized” from the start. The utilization of either term isn’t actually syntactically or in fact right, as both suggest rolling out actual improvements to a standard development. However, leaving aside inquiries of sentence structure and grammar, planning a skeleton development starting from the earliest stage offers various focal points over really puncturing a current development. For a certain something, it permits you considerably more command over the development feel, and for another, you can make a development with a lot more prominent actual dependability and unwavering quality. One of my number one instances of this methodology, and its points of interest, is from Cartier – the Santos De Cartier Skeleton ADLC Noctambule , in which the brilliant numerals on what, from the start, gives off an impression of being the dial are additionally the development plate; a methodology that would have been incomprehensible in the event that they’d began with a standard development and attempted to skeletonize it.

The Code 11.59 Flying Tourbillon Chronograph falls somewhat more, as should be obvious, into the subsequent classification, yet this makes, as it were, considerably more innovative difficulties. On the off chance that you don’t start with a current development, you have rather the more prominent weight of planning something from the beginning which is both satisfying stylishly, solid precisely, and furthermore, from a plan angle, distinctive enough from ordinary openworking to remain on its own qualities as a piece of horological architecture.

The last point worth considering with this watch is that it is one of the main watches from AP outside the Royal Oak and Offshore lines which endeavors to take the haute horlogerie finishing strategies found in a top of the line development and put them working on this issue also. Gérald Genta’s unique plan for the Royal Oak was a tribute to hand-completing steel for a situation, in a path which, preceding the dispatch of the RO, had been confined to development components. In any case, the Code cases are, truth be told, an undeniably more intricate, and to the extent I am mindful, unrivaled endeavor to make haute horlogerie movement completing a piece of the case just as a feature of the development – and for sure, to make it rival what is done on the movement.

That this is the case is a point on which AP has demanded since the dispatch of the Code 11.59 assortment. I couldn’t imagine anything better than to have the option to report that I have seen a similar expand completing applied to cases at AP for the Code 11.59 looks as is applied to the developments, and I have no specific motivation to question AP for this situation, yet truth can be stranger than fiction and, as I can’t go there presently to confirm that this is the situation, I can’t say without reservation that it is; I desire to have the option to, soon, one year from now. Meanwhile, the Code 11.59 Flying Tourbillon Chronograph is an uncommon work of horological workmanship, whose magnificence need persuade simply those fortunate enough to see it for themselves.

The Code 11.59 Flying Tourbillon Chronograph: Case, white gold, 41mm x 13.75mm, 30 meters water safe; development, type 2952, 32.6mm x 9.13mm, self-winding flying tourbillon with flyback chronograph; recurrence, 21,600 vph, running in 40 gems with 65-hour power save. Value, CHF 240,000. Restricted Edition, 50 pieces around the world. More at Audemarspiguet.com.

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