Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Openworked Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph Watch

Old and New and Young and Old

In 2019 Audemars Piguet launched the Code 11.59 collection one of those exquisite pieces is the Open-Worked Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph Watch.  There were thirteen models within six families and each building upon a history of excellence.  The flying tourbillons are part of a horological history of development from the brand, dating back to the first series produced timepieces.  This latest example in the collection is a limited edition that promotes the elegant and intricate handcrafting coupled with the complex movement the timepiece includes.  The brand has worked hard to diversify and embrace not only the success and brilliance of the Royal Oaks collection but to attract and appeal to younger buyers that want the excellence the brand brings with more excitement in the design and details.

The Inside View

While the first Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 tourbillons are hand-wound, they do have a automatic version of the 2950 caliber, it is the 2952, which features a flyback chronograph as well.  The new caliber might have some basic resemblance to the 2936, but in many aspects it is very unique.  The arms of the cage showcase the beveled and polished craftsmanship, and all the steelwork reflects the same mirror-polish or grained design.  The case for the Openworked Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph Watch is 41mm wide and created in 18k white gold.  A beautiful finish on the case, the openwork around the lugs, and most of the surfaces brushed and polished with the angles enhanced for a striking look.  While not included in the name of the timepiece, the openwork is the brands skeletonized hand work, allowing the symmetrical dial motif to take center stage. 

Beauty With A Beast

Openworked movement is approached from different methods, but the design of the skeletonized movement is intricate and advantageous.  The way Audemars Piguet approaches this allows for more control of the movement aesthetics resulting in more precision and reliability for the timepiece.  Some refer to the nature of this detail as horological architecture since it is built and constructed as not only a piece of art, but a mechanical device that has the inner strength to power the heart of the beast.  Royal blue lacquer colorizes the dial’s flange ring and the rings on the subdials.  Blue is so popular in fine watchmaking, a color of regal standing.  The brand has presented a host of dial treatments for the new collection and works to create a work of art that collectors will seek.  Beauty, brains and benefits all took their place on this new Code 11.59 Openworked Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph Watch that is a beast within the collection.