With a nod to timeless elegance, Audemars Piguet unveils its latest watch creations, harmonizing heritage with covetable colors.
From the heart of the Swiss Jura in the Vallée de Joux, Audemars Piguet has made its presence known in the watchmaking world since 1875. With the unique distinction of being the oldest fine watchmaking manufacturer still under the guidance of its founding families, Audemars and Piguet, this brand has consistently fused age-old traditions with trailblazing innovation. Over the decades, it has pioneered skills and techniques that have become cornerstones in the horology world, consistently enhancing its renowned status.
Unveiling the Details of Code 11.59
The new 38mm Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding watch beautifully bridges the gap between the collection’s current 41 and 42mm sizes. Crafted with the intent to embrace slimmer wrists, these new pieces don’t compromise on aesthetics despite their petite stature. They seamlessly uphold the iconic aesthetic codes of Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet. Let’s break this down: the case’s design presents a fusion of geometric elements, featuring an octagonal case middle surrounded by an extra-thin bezel, coupled with a classic round caseback. Imagine a multifaceted gem, where the upper parts (known as lugs) anchor onto the bezel, and the lower ones rest gracefully against the caseback, giving the watch a modern and structured look. This intricate design is emphasized by alternating satin-brushed and polished finishes, giving it a smooth yet edgy feel. And for those who enjoy details, the crown – the little knob used to set the time – now boasts shallower but more pronounced grooves, adding another layer of geometric charm.
Audemars Piguet, always a step ahead in design evolution, has played with the duality of vibrance and subtlety for these timepieces. One watch radiates with a vivacious purple dial complemented by a similar strap, while its counterpart leans toward the demure side with a reflective ivory face. The magic, however, lies in their dials: conceived in partnership with Swiss guilloché craftsman Yann von Kaenel, the embossed design mimics a wave pattern stemming from the center, achieved through hundreds of tiny indentations. This technique, combined with PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition), enriches the purple and ivory colors while enhancing light reflection. Such intricate designs demand matching finesse in readability; hence, the hour and minute hand are not only aesthetically pleasing but are filled with luminescent coating so that they glow in the dark.
Complementing the watch face, each piece dons a “large square scale” alligator strap in tune with the dial’s color. It is accentuated by a classy 18-carat pink gold pin buckle engraved with the signature "Audemars Piguet." For those seeking a slight variation, rubber-coated straps with a hint of textile patterns are available in ivory or purple, ensuring a personalized touch.
Finally, a quick peek under the hood reveals the heartbeat of these masterpieces: the Calibre 5900. Introduced first in 2022 for specific 37mm Royal Oak models, this mechanism is slim but mighty, operating at a brisk pace (4Hz) and assuring a 60-hour power reserve. The beauty goes beyond its face; turning the watch around exposes a transparent sapphire caseback, showcasing the rhythmic dance of its 22-carat pink gold rotor, adorned with intricate finishes. In simpler words, it’s like observing the inner workings of a grand clock, but miniaturized and worn on the wrist.
The Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet is a testament to the brand’s dedication to aesthetic detail. Each design, distinct in its color palette, reflects the brand's commitment to crafting timepieces that are both visually stunning and emblematic of its storied legacy.
CODE 11.59 BY AUDEMARS PIGUET.
CODE 11.59 BY AUDEMARS PIGUET.
Experience the elegance firsthand by visiting the Audemars Piguet showcase at Dubai Watch Week, scheduled for the 16th to the 20th of November.