That is the large one for SIHH 2019! Right here’s an early hands-on article to what’s going to almost definitely be one of the crucial mentioned watches of the truthful – and an important occasion for the model, CODE 11.59 by Audemars Piguet. Very just because there was no product launch of this magnitude over the previous 20 years for the model. Image this, 13 new references, 6 information fashions, Three model new calibres – together with the a lot awaited in-house built-in chronograph! The ambition: to write down a brand new web page within the model’s historical past, creating a brand new pillar within the assortment subsequent to the Royal Oak, Royal Oak Offshore, Royal Oak Idea and Millenary.
Why a brand new assortment?
In some way, no one had anticipated a launch of those dimensions from Audemars Piguet. The Royal Oak is a longtime icon and one of the crucial profitable watches at the moment in the marketplace. Some manufacturers simply persist with what they do properly. Having such a robust product is a singular asset however placing all of your eggs in a single basket has its dangers. Yesterday’s luxurious will not be essentially tomorrows. The 1972 Royal Oak was extremely disruptive in its day, and later adopted the Royal Oak Offshore and the Royal Oak Idea, nonetheless the premise for these three traces is now 47 years outdated.
Generally, mono-product enterprise fashions are additionally not one of the best for repeat purchases, though Audemars Piguet, with the line-up of various fashions and types inside the RO assortment appears unaffected by this. The model’s CEO, François-Henry Bennahmias, is a person with imaginative and prescient, decided to form the model to fulfill future challenges – for extra particulars, watch our latest interview right here.
If the title Code 11.59 sounds fairly cool by itself (at the least to me), Audemars Piguet additionally makes use of it as an acronym to current the watch:
Problem -Problem the bounds of expertise
Personal – Our roots and legacy
Dare – To comply with agency convictions
Evolve – By no means stand nonetheless
11.59 – The final minute earlier than a brand new day
The Code 11.59 is a recent design, “consciously thought for each women and men.” At first look, the case seems to be spherical with a skinny bezel however you have to look extra in particulars to find its juxtaposed geometries. The octagon that has turn into a part of the model DNA has been embedded within the center case. The lugs are openworked with an unique development as these are literally welded to the bezel and to not the central container. The double curved, domed, glare-proof sapphire crystal appears like an extension of the case physique. All fashions are available in a flexible 41mm diameter, a measurement that may match most wrists, however which seems to be greater with its giant dial opening.
The Satan is within the particulars
As you’ve got come to anticipate from Audemars Piguet merchandise, the Code 11.59 stands out with its spectacular craftsmanship and finishes. The graceful, lacquered dial of the three-hander and chronograph fashions options, along with the softly rounded hour markers and utilized numerals, a raised emblem that has been a problem to attain. It’s crafted by galvanic progress and utilized to the dial due to tiny legs. The skinny baton-style arms are completely polished.
The ending of the case is equally spectacular with alternating brushed and polished surfaces. The polished chamfer across the dial, the caseband or the lugs are distinctive and luxurious.
Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Self-winding
If the Chronograph will almost definitely be one of the crucial mentioned watches of the Code 11.59 assortment, the self-winding three-hander actually deserves a more in-depth look. It’s the purest expression of this new design, encapsulating the essence of the gathering shedding mild on the flowery case development. Turning the watch over, the exhibition caseback reveals a brand new self-winding motion, the calibre 4302 that’s a part of the identical household as the brand new chronograph.
The Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 self-winding comes both in 18ok pink gold (with white or black lacquered dial) or in 18ok white gold (with blue or black lacquered dial).
Fast info: 41mm white gold or pink gold case – water resistant to 30m – self-winding calibre 4302 – hours, minutes, seconds and date – alligator strap and pin buckle. Value: CHF 25,000
Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Chronograph
The much-awaited Audemars Piguet in-house built-in chronograph has been 5 years within the making and kicks off within the Code 11.59 assortment. This contemporary, self-winding, flyback chronograph 4400 is a high-end, fashionable development that includes a column-wheel, a vertical clutch and a transparent give attention to efficiency and effectivity. Measuring 32mm in diameter, it operates at 4hz and may retailer as much as 70 hours of energy reserve.
Finishings on the Calibre 4400 embrace straight and round satin brushing, Geneva stripes and perlage. The bridges function diamond polished chamfers. Engravings are gold toned. The 22ok gold rotor is openworked with the AP emblem, which affords an excellent view of the mechanism.
The dial of the Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Chronograph is lacquered with a Three-6-9 structure. The counters are circled by gold threads with polished angles. On the periphery of the dial, a tachymeter scale brings a sporty contact. The mannequin is accessible in 18ok pink gold or 18ok white gold, with both a black or a blue dial.
Fast info: 41mm white gold or pink gold case – water resistant to 30m – self-winding calibre 4401 – flyback chronograph, hours, minutes, seconds and date – alligator strap and pin buckle. Value: CHF 39,500
Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Perpetual Calendar
Powered by the calibre 5134, the Code 11.59 Perpetual Calendar is available in pink gold. It stands out with its darkish blue aventurine dial recalling a star-lit sky. We didn’t have the possibility to see the watch within the steel but, however it would quickly be featured on MONOCHROME.
Fast info: 41mm pink gold case – water resistant to 20m – self-winding calibre 5134 – perpetual calendar, moon section, hours and minutes – alligator strap and folding buckle. Value: CHF 69,500
Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Self-winding Tourbillon
The Code 11.59 Self-Winding Tourbillon homes the third new Audemars Piguet calibre offered on the event of the launch of this assortment. The calibre 2950 is a self-winding, flying tourbillon. The dial is Grand Feu enamel and the explanation why it doesn’t function the raised emblem – which is sort of unimaginable on such a dial. The ending of the motion is, as traditional, very good and options a number of hand-made decorations.
Fast info: 41mm white gold or pink gold case – water resistant to 30m – self-winding calibre 2950 – flying tourbillon, hours and minutes – alligator strap and folding buckle. Value: CHF 129,000
Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Tourbillon Openworked
This model stands out with its openworked tourbillon motion that conveys a way of complexity and depth. The skeleton calibre is completed in a recent manner with darkish bridges and plate.
Fast info: 41mm pink gold case – water resistant to 30m – hand-wound calibre 2948 – tourbillon, hours and minutes – alligator strap and folding buckle. Value: CHF 175,000
Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Supersonnerie
Final however not least, the Code 11.59 contains a Supersonnerie. This distinctive minute repeater idea was launched a number of years go by Audemars Piguet. Its outstanding acoustic efficiency is achieved due to gongs that aren’t hooked up to the principle plate however to a brand new machine performing as a soundboard. The hanging mechanism regulator eliminates undesirable background noise. The dial is smoked-blue enamel.
Fast info: 41mm white gold case – water resistant to 20m – hand-wound calibre 2953 – Supersonnerie minute repeater, hours, minutes and small seconds – alligator strap and folding buckle. Value: CHF 295,000
The Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 is an excellent watch with a singular character. Its design is modern whereas incorporating clear Audemars Piguet design components and DNA.
Basic and unconventional on the identical time, it stands out on the wrist and I can completely suggest that you just go hands-on with it, if solely simply to test it out in particular person. Extra particulars, www.audemarspiguet.com.