[Nuovo orologio 2022]The innovation of classic functions! AP Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 New interpretation of the Starwheel device

AUDEMARS PIGUET Code 11.59 Starwheel, priced at NT$1,740,000.

Audemars Piguet (AUDEMARS PIGUET) seems to be reluctant to end 2022. In the second half of the year, it released the Royal Oak Offshore Music Special Edition, the Royal Oak Ten-color Gemstone Watch, and this new star Code 11.59. Watch enthusiasts familiar with Audemars Piguet will find that this is a watch they worked hard on in the 1990s, but since it’s built on the next-generation Code 11.59 series, that’s another matter.

The last time I saw Audemars Piguet launch a watch with the Starwheel satellite turntable function was probably around 2000. The concept of transmitting the time with three digital dials looks very dazzling and new visually, and the famous hour indicator also satellite time from the independent watch brand URWERK is based on the same principle. But actually this concept was invented as early as the 17th century, it is said to have been invented by Pope Alexander VII, who suffered from insomnia, the Campani brothers asked for help, hoping they could make a nocturnal clock that was silent and could clearly see the ‘now in the dark, so the Campani brothers designed a large table clock that showed the time through the central fan-shaped window, and there was a minute scale on the top to match it Show the time, and this night The clock is the ancestor of the mobile time device, which is now housed in the British Museum.

The Campani brothers were commissioned by Pope Alexander VII to make the nocturnal clock in 1683. The fan-shaped window in the center shows the time, and there is a minute scale on top to match the time.

The Campani brothers were commissioned by Pope Alexander VII to make the nocturnal clock in 1683. The fan-shaped window in the center shows the time, and there is a minute scale on top to match the time.

Unfortunately, this function has gradually been replaced and declined. It was only in 1989, when an Audemars Piguet watchmaker read an article about the roaming time device in a magazine that this function was brought back. In 1991, Audemars Piguet was born. ‘roaming hour reference 25720. Since then, Audemars Piguet has made a lot of efforts in the field of moving hour watches, producing about 30 models related to Starwheel, and combined with engraving, hollowing out, gem inlay and other techniques , Audemars Piguet stopped producing the Starwheel in 2003. After that, if you want to find those watches at that time, you can only look for treasures at auction. Unexpectedly, Audemars Piguet restarted the Starwheel again this year and put this feature into the Code 11.59 series.

This time, Audemars Piguet has recruited French artist Ugo Gattoni, who had created illustrations for Hermès and fragrance brand Diptyque, to collaborate on a cosmic journey-like animation project for Code 11.59 Starwheel.

This time, Audemars Piguet has recruited French artist Ugo Gattoni, who had created illustrations for Hermès and fragrance brand Diptyque, to collaborate on a cosmic journey-like animation project for Code 11.59 Starwheel.

When Code 11.59 launched in 2019, discussion broke the table, including voices of opposition. After all, Audemars Piguet has long been equated with the Royal Oak and the Code 11.59 was born out of nowhere. Come revolution. Since its launch three years ago, everyone has actually silently accepted the 11.59 code. In addition, Audemars Piguet knows how to make arguments for the 11.59 code in terms of functions and materials. Of course, the 11.59 code itself is also very strong, and its details are slowly being seen and becoming a selling point, Code 11.59 has started to have a brilliant posture. This time Audemars Piguet put Starwheel in the 11.59 code, firstly because in terms of attributes, roaming hours are really much more suitable here than on RO or ROO, and secondly, such a current revival of functions is relatively May drive the momentum of the 11.59 code, no matter how you look at it, I think this is a good move.

The 4310 self-winding movement carried by the Starwheel Code 11.59 is regenerated with the add-on module of the 4309 movement, which is the base movement widely used by Audemars Piguet at this stage.

The 4310 self-winding movement carried by the Starwheel Code 11.59 is regenerated with the add-on module of the 4309 movement, which is the base movement widely used by Audemars Piguet at this stage.

The 11.59 Starwheel code uses white-lettered three-hour dials on a black background, with a triangular pointer on the dial and a minute scale above, conveying the current time. In the past, Audemars Piguet’s Starwheel used mostly transparent hour dials, mainly made of rose gold, and no second hand configuration. This time is obviously different from the previous style. The three o’clock dial is presented in aluminum alloy PVD, with time The choice is more modern, with a bi-material sandwich case in platinum and ceramic, and the dial is also coated with aventurine, a material previously used in the Code 11.59 for highly complex functions. but these changes make it look almost like a brand new watch.

In 1991, Audemars Piguet made the first roaming hour watch (model 25720) with a gold shell and three transparent turntables, and it was designed without a second hand. The star wheel in the center of the turntable is also the origin of the name of the Audemars Piguet watch.

In 1991, Audemars Piguet made the first roaming hour watch (model 25720) with a gold shell and three transparent turntables, and it was designed without a second hand. The star wheel in the center of the turntable is also the origin of the name of the Audemars Piguet watch.

As for why it’s called “Starwheel (Starwheel)”? From the front of the three turntables of the first generation 25720 roaming hours model, you can see that there is a star-shaped wheel pin in the center. This year, the star-shaped wheel of the Code 11.59 Starwheel has become a dart – similar shape Although the turntable is not transparent, it cannot It is a pity to see the device in motion, but the black dial can be read at a glance, and the time to read is relatively easy without other interference. The appearance of Starwheel this time also makes the direction of the Code 11.59 clearer. There will be more and more attempts at new materials and new functions in the Code 11.59 series in the future. After all, since the younger members of the AP family are relatively lightened. When an innovative design appears, it will be a normal state. You can also play with traditional elements, and you can attack and retreat. Youth is also a resource.

  • AUDEMARS PIGUET

  • Code 11.59 Star

  • Diameter: 41mm

  • Material: 18K white gold and ceramic

  • Functions: rotary hours, analog minutes, central seconds indication

  • Movement: 4310 self-winding

  • Power reserve: about 70 hours

  • Waterproof: 30 meters

  • Price: NT$1,740,000

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