The collection Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet and its six models were introduced on this year’s watch fair SIHH in Geneva. One of the new models is the Minute Repeater Supersonnerie.
The 41 mm case of the new collection’s six models is round with an octagonal middle piece inside. The upper part of the openworked lugs is welded to the extra-thin bezel, while the lower part leans delicately against the caseback. The bezel, the lugs and the case are satin-brushed, bevelled and polished.
The design of the watches is intensely marked by the double curved glareproofed sapphire crystal. 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 ideally integrates the extra-thin bezel and extends from edge to edge. As well it highlights the detailed work on the dial. The polished chamfer all around the glass adds the finishing touch.
Code 11.59 Minute Repeater Supersonnerie
Special about this new model is the technology of the supersonnerie minute repeater indroduced in 2016. This watch is equipped with patented gongs and a striking regulator, which as well as the case construction enables the model’s acoustic performance and quality. The performant gongs are not attached to the mainplate, but to a new device acting as soundboard, which improves sound transmission. The striking regulator – the device that sets the pace of the striking sequence of hours, quarters and minutes – is redesigned to absorb shocks and eliminate unwanted noise thanks to its more flexible anchor system.
The hours and minutes chime without interruption even when there is no quarter chiming sequence. As well a security function prevents the user from altering the time display while the striking mechanism is active.
This new model’s case is made of 18 Karat white gold and has a smoky blue enamel dial with hands, applied indices and numerals in white gold and an Audemars Piguet signature in enamel. The case back of this model is adorned with a soundwave design, which reminds of the watch’s functions.
The calibre 2953 is finished with ‘Côtes de Genève’, circular graining and yellow-gold-toned engravings on the caseback side, and satin-finished ‘traits tirés’, hand-polished chamfers, sandblasted angles, and circular graining on the dial side.
The watch is equipped with a blue alligator leather strap with a white gold folding clasp. The power reserve is 72 hours minimum.
|COLLECTION:||Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet|
|MODEL:||Minute Repeater Supersonnerie|
|CASE MATERIAL:||18 Karat white gold|
|DIAL:||Smoked blue enamel dial|
|CASE BACK:||Glareproofed sapphire crystal|
|STRAP:||Blue alligator leather strap with a white gold folding clasp|
|POWER RESERVE:||72 hours|
|FUNCTIONS:||Minute repeater supersonnerie, Hours, Minutes, Small seconds|