Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet continues to explore new horizons with the launch of two new elegant 38mm selfwinding models
Traditional savoir-faire, technology and innovation coexist harmoniously in the world of haute horlogerie, making it possible for watchmakers to design timeless creations.
Audemars Piguet’s unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of horological excellence has enabled the Manufacture to consistently create timepieces that captivate connoisseurs and watch enthusiasts alike.
Their latest endeavour, a testament to both artistry and precision, is the new 38mm case size, introducing a dimension of elegance that embraces the essence of Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet.
The 38mm case size debuts with two self-winding models,each boasting an exquisite 18-carat pink gold case. The perfect stage for an embossed dial, this model is available in a choice of purple or ivory, with an alligator strap. The result is a marriage of creativity and technical complexity, a masterpiece of form and function that has redefined proportions for the discerning watch lover.
In addition to presenting the collection’s design evolution announced at the beginning of the year, the two references also benefit from the latest generation selfwinding movement, Calibre 5900.
Following the unveiling of the Ultra-Complication Universelle RD#4 and the first stainless steel models, these new timepieces reinforce once more the infinite possibility of the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet collection.
The perfect fit
The new 38mm Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding has been designed with smaller wrists in mind. Complementing the collection’s current 41mm and 42mm offering, this size debuts with two models crafted in 18-carat pink gold.
Although displaying a smaller diameter, the two timepieces have retained the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet aesthetic codes, with a case composed of an octagonal case middle positioned within an extra-thin bezel and a round caseback.
The upper part of the stylised lugs is welded to the bezel, while the lower part leans delicately against the caseback in perfect alignment.
The contemporary case has been finished with the same meticulous care as the Manufacture's calibres, the refined alternation of satin-brushing and polished chamfers emphasising its multifaceted architecture.
Following the collection’s design evolution introduced earlier this year, the crown features shallower, yet more pronounced indentations, furthering the case’s geometrical complexity.
A play of colours and light
The two 18-carat pink gold models offer elegant contrasts; the first enriched with a vibrant purple dial and a matching strap, while the second timepiece presents a more discreet, yet shiny ivory aesthetic.
Both timepieces are endowed with the collection’s latest dial design evolution. The embossed dial, which reproduces a striking gradient structure, was developed by Audemars Piguet in collaboration with Swiss guilloche craftsman Yann von Kaenel. This new dial is decorated with hundreds of tiny holes that move outwards from its centre in a wave-like pattern, giving off unique colour effects.
The purple and ivory hues of the two dials have been achieved by PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) to preserve and enhance the depth of the embossed pattern and maximise the play of light.
The new faceted and polished hour-markers and hands accentuate contrasts, and additionally, the hands are filled with luminescent coating for optimum legibility in the dark.
Each timepiece is paired with a “large square scale” alligator strap matching the dial tone and is fitted with the collection’s new 18-carat pink gold pin buckle engraved with ”Audemars Piguet”.
Two rubber-coated straps lined with calfskin leather and embellished with a textile pattern, in ivory or purple hues, will be available in boutiques.
The latest generation selfwinding calibre
The two highly contemporary timepieces are powered by the Manufacture’s latest selfwinding hour, minute, seconds and date movement, Calibre 5900, which first appeared in 2022 on certain 37mm Royal Oak references. This movement combines a slim 4mm thickness with a high 4Hz frequency and a 60-hour power reserve.
The sapphire caseback reveals the mechanism’s 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight along with the refined decorations adorning the components, such as the polished angles, vertical satin brushing, Cotes de Geneve, circular graining and chamfering.