Excessive-tech ceramic is the massive protagonist of Audemars Piguet’s releases this autumn and makes its means, for the primary time, into tourbillon and chronograph fashions of the Code 11.59 assortment. Thus far, we’ve seen ceramic on the instances of the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar and the ROC Tourbillon GMT. Now it’s the Code 11.59 Tourbillon Openworked’s flip to get the ceramic remedy. Marking a departure from the elegant black-tie ceramic touches, this mannequin flaunts a vibrant electrical shade of blue ceramic. You may think about the design workforce at Audemars Piguet listening to the “blue, blue electrical blue” line from David Bowie’s Sound and Imaginative and prescient album once they got here up with the brand new color scheme for this 50-piece restricted version. Welcome again the Tourbillon Openworked in a two-tone blue ceramic and white gold case with a color scheme that makes its means into the center of the motion.
The case of Code 11.59 is nicely price a second look. Shut up, the complexity of the structure, composed of an octagonal case center, a slim spherical bezel and openworked lugs welded to the bezel and caseback, could be appreciated together with the meticulous hand finishings. With its 41mm diameter and 10.7mm top, the case presents loads of retail house for various materials mixtures.
Following its debut in 2019 in strong pink gold with black bridges and plates, the Code 11.59 Openworked Tourbillon materialised later that yr in a two-tone white and rose gold distinctive version for Solely Watch, and in 2021 with one other two-tone white and pink gold case with gray accents. The most recent mannequin sticks to the two-tone formulation, however the electrical blue ceramic notes give it a extra vibrant, energetic character that’s not afraid of the limelight.
The octagonal blue ceramic case center shows the identical finishings you’d discover on a gold case center, particularly a satin-brushed central flank with polished chamfers, all executed by hand. With out going into the alchemy concerned in producing a uniform ceramic color, suffice it to say that the blue pigmentation has been blended with a binder to make sure an excellent and long-lasting color. Contrasting with the electrical blue ceramic is the 18k white gold bezel, the openworked lugs and the caseback, all adorned by hand with alternating satin-brushed and polished finishings.
Replicating the electrical blue ceramic case center is the blue CVD inside bezel with white minute markings and the inscription ‘Audemars Piguet’ at midday. Dipping down into the openworked dial is a sequence of gracefully curved bridges picked out in blue to carry the in-house tourbillon motion – calibre 2948 – in place. The electrical blue shade is obtained utilizing an ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) course of and is utilized to the mainplate and bridges, seen on each side of the watch.
Organized vertically, the motion shows the pink gold-toned stability wheel of the tourbillon at 6 o’clock and the openworked barrel at midday with a view of the sunshine gray gear prepare within the centre. The slim 18k pink gold hour and minute fingers present an additional diploma of distinction to seek the advice of the time. Protected by a recent double-curved sapphire crystal, like all fashions within the Code 11.59 household, the arched profile creates a novel optic expertise.
Simply 3.65mm thick, the 70 V-angles of the hand-wound motion are polished by hand. AP’s calibre 2948 beats at 21,600vph and delivers an influence reserve of 72 hours. To enrich the blue tones of the motion, the Tourbillon Openworked comes on a blue textured rubber-coated strap with a calfskin lining and an 18k white gold AP folding clasp.
Availability & Worth
The Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Openworked Electrical Blue (reference 26600NB.OO.D346KB.01) is a restricted version of fifty items and retails for CHF 199,000 (excl. taxes). For extra data, please seek the advice of audemarspiguet.com.