Launched in January 2019, Audemars Piguet’s Code 11.59 collection received mixed reviews. This isn’t uncommon in the world of haute horlogerie, especially when one of the established brands produces a model which differs from its classics. In fact, AP’s now iconic Royal Oak and Offshore lines had tough starts too.
The Code 11.59 was created to replace the discontinued Jules Audemars collection. It merges the characteristics of the Swiss brand’s previous collections. There’s the more traditional side, such as the manufacturer’s skill of combining different shapes within the case.
Audemars Piguet was one of the leaders in unconventional geometric design, as far back as the 1920s. The thin bezels and curved glass also hint at early models, seen as ground-breaking at the time. Especially for the traditional, long-established Swiss watchmaking brands.
The Royal Oak’s distinctive and more audacious style is also present in the new Code 11.59 collection. For example, these watches incorporate the octagonal casing and hexagonal screws. This new collection is quite clearly adhering to the brand’s history of experimenting with form and design. As it says on their advert:
‘To break the rules, you must first master them.’
The Code 11.59 possesses a high level of complexity and precision engineering. The ultra-thin round bezel sits atop an octagonal caseband with brushed, curved corners. Skeletonised lugs extend from the bezel and meet the caseback with no physical binding, merely sitting one surface flush against the other.
According to Chief Executive Officer, Francois-Henry Bennahmias:
“This collection demanded new tools, skills and techniques to reach an exceptional degree of technical and aesthetic complexity. The Code 11.59 is about human challenges.”
Audemars piguet has already released several references as part of this collection: Selfwinding Chronograph, Perpetual Calendar, Tourbillon Open-Worked, Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon, Grande Sonnerie Carillon Supersonnerie, Minute Repeater Supersonnerie and Selfwinding.
The watches all feature a double-curved sapphire crystal where the internal surface is shaped like a dome, with a vertical curve on top from the 6 to 12 o’clock. It should add depth and perspective which enhances the visual beauty of these timepieces.
Lacquered dials with sunburst patterns in hues of blue, burgundy, purple, plus light and dark grey are also typical of this collection. They provide an elegant, polished finish. The aventurine dial available on the Perpetual Calendar recalls a starlit sky.
We’ll have to wait and see how well the Code 11.59 collection sells compared to the rest of the Audemars Piguet range. The Swiss brand will be hoping their new range follows its predecessors in making up for a slow start.
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