Audemars Piguet presents the Code 11.59 Starwheel, a new interpretation of the Code 11.59 'Wandering Time' complication in a two-tone case.
The walking time feature, also known as floating time, has been around since at least 1656 when the Italian brothers Campani built a night clock for Pope Alexander VII, in which the traditional hands are replaced by the hours on a rotating disc numbers replaced. Among them, Audemars Piguet, as well as brands such as Breguet, H.Moser & Cie. and Urwerk, have created models with this function.
The case of this model measures 41 mm x 10.7 mm, with a white gold bezel, lugs and caseback, and black ceramic for the case middle and crown. Water resistance guaranteed up to 3 bar (approximately 30 meters/100 feet).
The blue aventurine dial is framed by three black PVD-coated aluminum rotors that rotate in the centre.
Since the disc with the hour numerals floats on a black arc from 10 o'clock to 2 o'clock, it is possible to read the current hour as well as the current minute, indicated by the small black arrow pointing to the minute section.
The dial is protected by an anti-glare double-curved sapphire crystal whose arched profile plays with depth, perspective and light to create an original optical effect. Although its inner surface is dome-shaped, it is vertically curved from 6 o'clock to 12 o'clock.
Beating at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour), the self-winding Caliber 4 with its rose gold skeletonized rotor is displayed through a transparent sapphire crystal.
The new Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Starwheel ref. comes with a textured black rubber-coated strap and white gold pin buckle.