As the most complex and scarce work in the history of mechanical watchmaking, the Grande Sonnerie mechanism was included by the company in the CODE 11.59 by Audemars Piguet.

The CODE 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Grande Sonnerie Carillon Supersonnerie version is a collaboration with artist Anita Porchet to put the “Grand Feu” enamel dial on the watch, creating a unique work of art.

Grande Sonnerie – the quintessence of chiming watches

To make a minute repeater requires not only a keen eye and steady hand but also a good ear. The watchmaker needs to ensure that the chimes will operate at a comfortable tempo, and even the case must be considered throughout the manufacturing process because the choice of metal can significantly affect the result. Final.

However, the most complex and refined mechanism belongs to the Grande Sonnerie – an automatic machine that chimes the quarter, hour and minute with small hammers that strike a ring of wire chimes that move back and forth, like clocks. Tower clocks in European old towns.

Only 28 Audemars Piguet watches with the Grande Sonnerie mechanism were produced between 1882 and 1892. In 1892, Audemars Piguet collaborated with Luois Brandt & Frère to create the first wrist repeater watch with a diameter only 29.3mm can type hours, quarters and minutes as required. From 1892 to 1957, the manufacture created 35-minute minute repeater wristwatches, but none of these were Grande Sonnerie due to their mechanical complexity.

While pocket watch production continued at Audemars Piguet, wristwatch production likely declined due to the effects of the Great Depression of the 1930s and World War II.

Audemars Piguet Grande Sonnerie returned in the 1980s with the release of 5 masterpieces made by the young artist of the time – Philippe Dufour. The first Grande Sonnerie wristwatch was introduced in 1994 with a compact movement (28.6mm x 5.2mm) and later this extremely complex mechanism was featured in the Jules Audemars collection with very small quantity. Therefore, the appearance of Grande Sonnerie in the modern CODE 11.59 by Audemars Piguet design is considered the rise of the “big wave”.

Synergy between Grande Sonnerie and Supersonnerie mechanisms

The Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Grande Sonnerie Carillon Supersonnerie watch features a new manually wound movement. Caliber 2956 is a remarkably compact movement with 489 components housed in a space of just 29.9 mm in diameter and 5.88 mm thick. All components of the Caliber 2956 are assembled and decorated by hand, something that only a handful of highly specialized watchmakers are capable of perfecting such a movement.

The Carillon function means that this Grande Sonnerie Supersonnerie is equipped with 3 sets of chimes and hammers instead of 2 sets compared to the standard tuning clock and will therefore strike quarter-hour cycles with three consecutive tones. next (high, middle, low).

The Supersonnerie mechanism – the result of 8 years of research in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) helps the Grande Sonnerie achieve the sonic performance of a pocket watch. Supersonnerie’s capacity, sound quality and harmonious melody are thanks to the structure of the disc bell and case. The turntable bell is not attached to the main base plate, but instead is a new device that acts as a sounding board. Therefore, Supersonnerie helps improve sound transmission and produces sounds with sharper tempo.

The art of design and complex machines

Paying tribute to the enameled Grande Sonnerie masterpieces crafted in the Vallée de Joux between the 18th and 19th centuries, Audemars Piguet collaborated for the first time with Swiss artist Anita Porchet on a trio of enamel dials. paillonné – inheriting knowledge and craft skills from ancient times. Each enamel dial is unique due to the organic nature of the material as well as the production technique and typical firing time.

A thin layer of glass sand is mixed with water, then applied by hand to the gold dial before being fired at a temperature of more than 800 degrees Celsius in a specialized furnace. The process is repeated multiple times with varying temperatures and times to achieve outstanding transparency, depth and sheen.

Anita Porchet explores new creative directions by decorating the contemporary enamel dial with motifs made from antique gold leaf, at least a century old. Each detail is meticulously cut and bent from thin gold leaves with an ancient technique that no longer seems to exist today. For Anita Porchet as well as the experts at Audemars Piguet, perfection lies in even the smallest details that the naked eye can hardly see.CODE 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Grande Sonnerie Carillon Supersonnerie is a work that pays tribute to the generation of people who always seek to access pioneering technologies but still continuously preserve and inherit traditional knowledge in the land of Le Brassus – the cradle of master design techniques.

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