Audemars Piguet unveiled the modern collection dubbed as Code 11.59 comes with six original models with 3 new movements that split into 13 references. Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 is an acronym that stands for “Challenge, Own, Dare, Evolve,” and the “11:59” timestamp representing the final moment before a brand new day, presumably the milestone that AP believes it has just laid down.
This collection comes with an entirely new case, contemporary dial aesthetic, and the newly developed calibres.
This collection boldly embedding an octagonal middlecase within a round case. Meanwhile, the upper part of the openworked lugs is welded to the extra thin bezel, and the lower part leans delicately against the caseback in the perfect alignment. This round and octagonal case makes a complex architecture design and cuts the timeline of their long history of experimental design.
The dial comes with numerous layers of lacquer, giving it depth and elegant mirror-like finishing. The index and logo are made of a thin layer of gold that is achieved through the chemical process akin to 3D printing that is known as galvatic growth.
To protect the dial, Audemars Piguet has made a contemporary double curved sapphire crystal whose tense, arched profile plays with depth, perspective and light to give it an unique optic experience. Its internal surface is shaped like a dome, meanwhile this sapphire crystal is vertically curved from 6 to 12 o’clock.
The Selfwinding chronograph model comes with brand new in-house calibre. This new calibre is one of which happens to be the new in-house integrated chronograph movement that everyone is waiting for.
The Code 11.59 Self-Winding Chronograph
The Code 11.59 Self-Winding Chronograph powered by a new movement known as the calibre 4401. This movement replaces the old in-house movement that was recently used in a variety of Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore models. The new movement operates at 4Hz and comes with 70 hours of power reserve.
The updates not only happen on the technical aspect but also on the aesthetic of the movement. The calibre 4401 comes with beautiful architecture with a fair bit of Haute horology decoration. The skeletonized rotor over the movement engraved with the brand’s initials. You can see this handsome movement through the sapphire crystal caseback.
Meanwhile, the dial is lacquered with a 3-6-9 layout. The counters are circled by gold threads with polished angles. On the periphery of the dial, a tachymeter scale brings a sporty touch. The model is available in 18k pink gold or 18k white gold, with either a black or a blue dial.
The Code 11.59 Self-Winding
On the other hand, the Selfwinding model is powered by calibre 4302 that features a dedicated 22-carat gold oscillating gold. With a large diameter of 32mm, this caliber improves reliability and accuracy. Consisting of 257 parts, this self winding automatic movement is beating at 4 Hz of frequency and features 70 hours of power reserve.
The Code 11.59 Selfwinding available in for references, two in rose gold with white or black lacquered dials and two in white gold with blue or black lacquered dials that come in a 41mm case, three-hand time display and date window at 4:30 o’clock position. The dial is surrounded by a minutes/seconds scale.