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Wandering through time

The Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Starwheel can trace its beginnings to 1655

Three Masters of Time agilely move on rotating discs in the middle of intergalactic space in the launch film of Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Starwheel. Orange-clad characters assemble the new watch by synchronising their movements in a playful universe imagined by French artist Ugo Gattoni.

The animation may make viewers deem the Starwheel a futuristic timepiece but it’s actually inspired by 17th century “wandering hours”, whose time display involved a system of satellites that gravitated along a minute scale arranged in the form of an arc.

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