Made of an octagonal case middle, ultra-thin round bezel and stylised horns, the case with an exceptional design of this Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Self-winding Chronograph does not go unnoticed. Pushing the technical limits of high-flying finishes, the perfect alternation of the satin-polish and polished surfaces of the case made by hand reinforces the graphic of the instrument. Pushing the high-flying finishes techniques boundaries, the perfect alternation of the satin-finish and polished surfaces of the case made by hand reinforce the graphic aspect of the instrument. Designed for men and women, this chronograph offered all grey gold, all rose gold but also with a case combining rose gold and white gold which purports to be fundamentally modern with its 41 mm-diameter. Thanks to its curved shape, this watch equipped with strong aesthetic potential ensures an ergonomic and comfortable fit for all wrist sizes. Effective, it is also good mechanically because it has an integrated self-winding chronograph in-house calibre 4401.
A meticulous integrated calibre
Visible through the sapphire transparent case back, it has like all the luxury watches, a column wheel, and a flyback mechanism. This additional function came into existence during the 1930’s allows to stop and start again a timekeeping without going through the stop and reset stages.
This on-the-fly operation was originally designed for airline pilots who had to make their course from information given by radio beacons (direction finding). Today, this technical little extra will always find a use during, for example, a succession of short time measurements. Modern, this heart is also equipped with a patented mechanism of functions setting that gives stability and accuracy to the mechanical assembly. Furthermore, its large diameter (32 mm-diameter) offers the guarantee of a better chronometry. Indeed, the size of the components considerably influences on the quality of their manufacture and by extension on the proper functioning of the kinematic assembly, once the piece is manually assembled in the Brassus workshops, a small village of La Vallée de Joux, in Switzerland. To increase even more the accuracy and durability, this movement made of 367 components is equipped with a patented mechanism making sure that each hand of counter is reset. It is also equipped with a vertical clutch system much more effective than the traditional side versions. Thus, this mechanism prevents the chronograph hand from jumping when the function is on.
This system allows the piece’s owner to keep the chronograph on all the time without its functioning influences the accuracy of the time function and without impacting the power reserve duration. Innovative, the 4401-calibre designed by its designers to be seen, was designed to highlight the functions and the components usually hidden, such as the column wheel or the hammers of the chronograph. Indeed, a special care has been given to the finishes made by hand that reflect the uncompromising spirit of the Audemars Piguet manufacture, one of the only big Maisons to be still the property of the founders’ families.
To ensure a better visibility, the 22-carat gold oscillating weight was fully open worked and compared to a large diameter ball bearing to ensure a perfect functioning for all the conditions of use. This large movement whose regulating organs vibrates at 4 Hertz (28,800 alterations per hour) is also rather thin because it is only 6.8 mm-thickness. Effective with its 70 hours power reserve, it allows the display of the hour, minutes, permanent seconds in a counter at 6 o’clock and the date in an aperture opened at 4 o’clock. It also allows once the appropriate pushbuttons are on the measurement of short time and to read elapsed times in minutes at 9 o’clock and in hours at 3 o’clock.
In the end, multi-faceted and functional this sporty-chic chronograph comes with a smoked sun-finish lacquered dial available in different colours according to the piece kept (deep grey, light grey, burgundy, and purple) is both sober and ornate. Its thin bezel, true graphic asset, offers a wide clearance to this disc bearing the name of the brand in precious gold made by an ultra-modern galvanic growth technology. Effective and of a rare balance, this modern instrument which has a fine tachymeter scale on the flange, plays the adaptability card between sportiness and urban chic. Here is why it is worn simply on an alligator strap or more dynamically on a rubber strap.
Price : €45,600