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Adventures in aventurine for Audemars Piguet’s Code 11.59
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Adventures in aventurine for Audemars Piguet’s Code 11.59

Wednesday, 06 January 2021
By The FHH Journal editors
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Audemars Piguet reveals two new takes on the Code 11.59 Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon. Their new dial design combines the refinement of enamel with the shimmering of aventurine glass for a unique effect of star-lit sky.

To complement the Code 11.59 collection, the Manufacture’s dial makers have covered the timepiece’s gold dial with a blend of crushed aventurine glass and “Grand Feu” enamel for an expressive touch of creativity. Each “Grand Feu” enamel dial is unique due to the organic nature of its materials, as well as the hand manufacturing technique and distinctive cooking time. A very thin layer of glass sand mixed with water is applied by hand on the crushed aventurine glass, before being heated at more than 800°C in a dedicated oven. The procedure is repeated multiple times to achieve remarkable transparency, depth and light. Each cooking session necessitates different temperatures and times.

Code 11.59 Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon © Audemars Piguet
Code 11.59 Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon © Audemars Piguet

The first new model featuring a black aventurine enamel dial serving as backdrop to hand-finished 18-carat pink gold hour-markers, Arabic numerals and hands, is illuminated by an 18-carat pink gold case. The flying tourbillon cage located at 6 o’clock also presents a subtle pink gold-toned touch. The complex double curved sapphire crystal, which perfectly integrates the curvature of the extra-thin bezel, magnifies the dial’s night sky effect by adding a mesmerising play of light. The collection’s dedicated openworked oscillating weight, visible through the sapphire caseback, is honed from 22-carat pink gold and echoes the case’s colour.

Code 11.59 Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon © Audemars Piguet
Code 11.59 Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon © Audemars Piguet

The second variation of the new Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon unites a blue aventurine enamel dial with a case, hour-markers, Arabic numerals and hands in 18-carat white gold, entirely hand-finished throughout. The dial is further endowed with a smoked effect for added depth and refinement. This gradation is achieved by incorporating blue and black aventurine glass into the enamel. The rhodium-toned flying tourbillon cage at 6 o’clock echoes the bright tonality of the watch’s white gold case. To further match with the case’s colour, the openworked oscillating weight, visible through the sapphire caseback, is made in rhodium-toned 22-carat pink gold.

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