Watches Wednesday: Audemars Piguet's Code 11.59 For SIHH 2019
30 January 2019

Watches Wednesday: Audemars Piguet’s Code 11.59 For SIHH 2019

Audemars Piguet debuted the Code 11.59 at the recent Salon International de Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva earlier this month. A new timepiece that required new tools, skills and techniques for its technical and aesthetic complexity. In short, the Code 11.59 is the pinnacle of AP’s watchmaking prowess that pushes the limits and boundaries of its savoir-faire.

Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Closeup

Known for its signature octagonal shape, the Code 11.59, too, incorporates this signature AP feature, but as an embedded middlecase within a round case, thus breaking with tradition. The 41mm watch also comes with an extra-thin bezel, on which the upper part of the open worked lugs, is welded onto, while the lower part leans against the caseback. This required the expertise of all teams at the manufacture to develop new processes to solder the lugs to this ultra thin surface. Its  convex shape thanks to the double-curved glareproof sapphire crystal, and its curved caseback allows the watch to sit more comfortably on the wrist. The watch also comes with a new 3D logo in 24-carat gold, with each letter connected with links that are invisible to the naked eye.

Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Selfwinding
Code 11.59 Selfwinding
Code 11.59 Selfwinding Chronograph
Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Tourbillon Openworked
Code 11.59 Tourbillon Openworked

The 13-model Code 11.59 collection comprises 6 in-house calibres – Selfwinding, Selfwinding Chronograph, Perpetual Calendar, Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon, Tourbillon Openworked, and Minute Repeater Supersonnerie – 3 of which, including an integrated column wheel chronograph flyback function, a selfwinding calibre with seconds and date indication, and a selfwinding flying tourbillon calibre, are new.

Code 11.59 Minute Repeater Supersonnerie
Code 11.59 Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon
Code 11.59 Perpetual Calendar

With 13 different models, including four complications in one go, Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet represents one of the most important and comprehensive launches in the Manufacture’s history. For the first time, we are also presenting a collection consciously designed for both men and women, with an arched ergonomic case comfortable for all to wear. These models reach out to the people who choose it all and look beyond the obvious” ~Sebastian Vivas, Heritage and Museum Director~


Images courtesy of Audemars Piguet