The Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet collection was first unveiled in 2019—to much fanfare. This year, the watchmaker further strengthens the collection with two new Selfwinding Chronographs that employ the use of ceramics—a first for the collection. The bezel, lugs and caseback of each watch are hewn in white or pink gold, while its octagonal middle case is constructed from black ceramic. This two-tone approach to the case may not be new but the construction of the middle case requires a combination of advanced technology, dedicated tools and specialised craftsmanship.
The ceramic middle case of the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Chronograph watch is crafted in collaboration with Bangerter, a Swiss supplier of precision components. The manufacturing process is a challenge from start to end and follows a complex industrial process. For one, it needs to be hard‑machined with high-precision diamond tools where the geometrical surfaces are pre-polished and pre-satin-brushed. The seasoned experts at Bangerter would then finish the middle case by hand.