The Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 has turn into the gathering of predilection for the model’s issues – as seen with the brand new Universelle with calibre 1000. Among the many completely different iterations of the Code are chiming watches with the spectacular Grande Sonnerie Carillon Supersonnerie or the Minute Repeater Supersonnerie. The latter is now fitted with a tinted sapphire dial providing the chance to look at the spectacle of the intricately formed racks, snails, cams and wheels of its chiming mechanism.
2015 marked an vital date within the lengthy custom Audemars Piguet custom of crafting chiming watches. With the Royal Oak Idea RD#1 Supersonnerie, the model introduced an revolutionary idea which might be accessible within the assortment a yr later with the Royal Oak Idea Supersonnerie (ref. 26577TI). The Supersonnerie mechanism endowed this placing watch with an impressively loud and clear sound. Its patented expertise resulted from 8 years of analysis in collaboration with EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Know-how in Lausanne. It has since been utilized to an much more advanced Grande Sonnerie Carillon.
Behind the Supersonnerie idea are a number of intelligent concepts. Initially, the general building of the watch has been re-imagined as a musical instrument, like an acoustic guitar if you want. If in a standard chiming watch, the coiled gongs are mounted to the motion’s mainplate, in “Supersonnerie” watches, these are connected to a brand new factor, a soundboard crafted in a selected alloy to optimize vibrations. Now, the gongs transmit vibrations on to the soundboard and to not the mainplate, thus amplifying the sound and bettering its high quality, its tone and its resonance. Again to our analogy, the gongs behave just like the strings of the guitar, the hammers just like the participant’s finger and the soundboard acts because the instrument’s physique and helps to amplify the sound.
Audemars Piguet has additionally labored on an vital mechanical factor of a chiming watch, the placing regulator. Also called the governor, it’s the system that units the tempo of the placing sequence of hours, quarters and minutes. It has been redesigned in order that undesirable shock noises are eradicated. This helps to cut back mechanical ‘background’ noises that degrade the standard of the chime. Lastly, the Supersonnerie ensures excellent tempo to chime the hours and minutes with out interruption when there are not any quarters. Combining these components, the sound turns into clearer, richer, brighter and louder.
Among the many completely different Supersonnerie watches is the white gold Code 11.59 Minute Repeater Supersonnerie. Unveiled at SIHH 2019, it was one of many 6 inaugural Code 11.59 fashions. Initially fitted with a blue fume dial, it now comes with a sapphire dial revealing the intricately formed racks, snails, cams and wheels driving its chiming mechanism. Each technical and delightful, the show is fascinating significantly as it’s set in movement when the chime is activated. Pink gold particulars adorn the dial offering a chic distinction. The pink gold palms, hour-markers, Audemars Piguet signature and the small seconds counter gold thread have all been achieved because of galvanic progress, a course of akin to 3D printing.
Identical to for the earlier model of the Code 11.59 Minute Repeater Supersonnerie, the watch is available in a 41mm two-tone case. Product of 18k pink gold with a black ceramic octagonal center case, it combines satin-brushed and polished surfaces. The hand-wound calibre 2953 inside is 30mm in diameter and 6mm in top. It ticks at 21,600 vibrations per hour with 72 hours of energy reserve when absolutely wound. A safety mechanism prevents you from setting the time when the chime is activated and thus prevents it from damaging the motion. If the bridge aspect is hidden behind the Supersonnerie stable case-back, it has a lovely, conventional structure and format. The ornament consists of Geneva stripes, anglage, perlage, polished sinks or gold-toned engravings.
The Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Minute Repeater Supersonnerie with smoked sapphire dial is introduced on a black textured rubber-coated strap with a gold AP folding buckle. The value is upon request.
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