Audemars Piguet has long been hailed in the world of haute horlogerie for its iconic Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore collections. While it has certainly made a notable mark in watchmaking history, the Royal Oak’s ultra-masculine, octagonal face is a bit of a wild card when it comes to luxury timepieces — it either goes with your wrist, or it doesn’t. Which is partially why Audemars Piguet decided to unveil a shocking surprise at the recent SIHH 2019 — the launch of a completely new family of watches. Enter Audemars Piguet’s CODE 11.59.
A big one for the SIHH 2019, the brand hasn’t seen a product launch of this magnitude over the past two decades. The CODE 11.59 brings with it a whole new package, with 13 references, six models and three new calibres, one of which is the highly-anticipated in-house integrated chronograph movement. We take a look inside Audemars Piguet’s latest gamechanger.
The Name: Last Minute Before a New Dawn
Marking a bold new page for the manufacture, CODE is an abbreviation that stands for four things: Challenge, Own, Dare and Evolve. The 11.59 alludes to the final moment of the day before the clock strikes twelve and a new dawn begins — a statement that signifies being ahead of the game, constantly on the brink of tomorrow.
The Design: A Whole-New Classical Look, or is it?
And on the brink of tomorrow it is. The CODE 11.59 features a modern design, especially created considering the needs of both men and women. The design takes a classic round watch and gives it a certain edginess and a contemporary twist. While the case architecture breaks away from the iconic Royal Oak collection, the manufacturer’s long history of unconventional forms and design experimentations have remained. Upon first impression, the case appears to be round, with a thin bezel. However, closer inspection reveals that the design is in fact much more complex, bringing together juxtaposing geometries. The round case is actually embedded with an octagonal middle case — a referential nod to the Royal Oak — tucked between two circles.
As with a lot of Audemars Piguet’s designs, the beauty lies truly in the exquisite details. Seemingly open worked lugs are welded the bezel, which holds down a sapphire crystal — domed, glare-proof, and so elegant it looks looks almost like a natural extension of the case body itself, the surface is double curved for best possible legibility. At a diameter of 41mm, the watch fits comfortably on most wrists, while an incredibly slim bezel makes the watch face appear larger than it is.
A Closer Look: What’s Inside?
In its new collection, Audemars Piguet reveals five complications and three brand new calibres. There’s an integrated column wheel chronograph with flyback function, a self winding calibre with seconds and date indication, as well as a self winding flying tourbillon calibre.
What to Look Forward to?
Arguably the most striking reference, and the one we’re most excited about, is the rose-gold perpetual calendar. Powered by the calibre 5134, it comes in pink gold, and strikes with an enchanting dark blue aventurine dial reminiscent of a starlit sky. Aventurine glass is obtained by bringing in cobalt and black copper oxide during the cooling phase, causing the glass to turn blue and producing a dreamy constellation of tiny particles.
The CODE 11.59 marks a big leap for Audemars Piguet. No matter your stance on the Manufacturer’s radical change, we recommend seeing the collection’s models in person before settling on any judgement — experienced first-hand, the timepieces are sure to blow you away. In the meantime, scroll through the gallery to see more of CODE 11.59.
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