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Audemars Piguet Drops Four New Tourbillon Models

Sep 21, 2022

Audemars Piguet has dropped a host of new high-end pieces across its Royal Oak, Code 11.59 and experimental Concept lines, including a number of ceramic first.

Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT

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First up is the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT which sees its 44mm sandblasted titanium case topped off with satin-brushed and polished green ceramic bezel, crown and pusher, the first time green ceramic has been used within the Concept line.

The watch’s PVD-black skeleton Calibre 2954 movement features green CVD-treated inserts color-matched to the ceramic elements, while 18K pink gold is used for the hands, logos and crown insert. A green rubber strap completes the look.

The movement includes a second time zone – displayed at the three o’clock position using hour and day/night discs – and crown position indicator for time-setting, neutral and winding. The manually wound watch features a 10 day power reserve.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Openworked Tourbillon

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Hypebeast offered an early look at this high impact addition to Audemars Piguet’s Code 11.59 line when the watch ‘leaked’ through the GPHG website after being entered into the Tourbillon category of this year’s awards.

Housed in a comparatively diminutive 41mm 18K white gold case with blue ceramic caseband – a first for the collection – the 50-piece limited edition illustrates why, after so much initial criticism, the Code 11.59 is becoming increasingly difficult to fault.

The openworked Calibre 2948 handwound movement – just 3.65m thick – is constructed in an intricate latticework of layered ‘electric blue’ bridges, colored using Atomic Layered Deposition (ALD).

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon

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An exercise in aesthetic simplicity, this new Code 11.59 pairs an expansive black onyx dial with an 18K white gold and black ceramic case. The dial is kept stylishly simple, displaying only double-digit five minute intervals in gold, matching the tone of the text, hands and window framing the flying tourbillon at the six o’clock, which features a black PVD bridge for the first time.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

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This addition to the Code 11.59 collection sees a technically complicated watch packaged in a neatly symmetrically design of black ceramic and 18K pink gold. The 50-piece limited edition carries the color palette across its movement of openworked bridges and skeletonised counters of its flyback chronograph.

Also officially launched today was the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in blue ceramic covered by Hypebeast earlier this month.

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