Ahead: 18k white gold Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Brand new watches are rare. As we see press releases, the “new watches” that continue to emerge do not seem to be like this, but almost all of them are updates to existing models, reissues or new models inspired by older models. But truly unique original watches do not appear often. This is Code 11.59 that Audemars Piguet set out to create. This is an 18k white gold Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 automatic watch.
Audemars Piguet spent more than five years on the Code 11.59 series, not only launched a new watch, but also launched a new watch series with a new internal movement. This platinum self-winding watch with a dark blue lacquered dial is part of the first series. The Associated Press launched in January 2019, hoping to release a completely original and unique watch. They specifically pointed out that no one can claim that this watch is a derivative of any other model. I have to say that they achieved their goal. This is not a very avant-garde work, but it is a brand new design.
Watches have a lot of visual presence. Because this timepiece has an internal bezel, the dial looks much larger than its 41mm measurement. The inner bezel indicates the minutes in five-minute increments, which helps increase the depth of the dial, as do the considerable platinum application numbers and hour markers. The fonts used to apply the numbers and bezel are very clean and modern. I think their appearance does not appear futuristic, which is a good thing. The date window is well hidden between four o’clock and five o’clock and will not replace any other functions. It looks like AP’s date font is slightly different, but it won’t let you down. This is a very clean and readable design. It provides you with everything you need, but not everything you don’t need.
While the dial layout itself is very easy to read, AP also particularly emphasized the design of the sapphire crystal to increase legibility. The crystals are hyperboloid, spherical at the bottom and vertical at the top, from 6 to 12. Bending in this way can optimize visibility from multiple angles and allow people to appreciate the rich blue dial more clearly. This detail—perhaps more than any other detail on this timepiece—shows the thoughtfulness in making this watch.
Like the rest of the watch, the case and lugs are completely redesigned for Code 11.59. From above, the case and lugs look relatively standard, there is nothing to write about. But from the side, you can see how complicated they are. Although the top and bottom of the case are round, the middle case is octagonal and has some beautiful alternating brushed and polished finishes, showing all the facets and angles. This is a nice tribute to the Associated Press’s history of experimenting with novel shapes in case design, and takes the usually boring angles of watches and makes them charming.
This timepiece also pays great attention to wear resistance. Although it has a diameter of 41 mm, AP does not sell this or men’s or women’s watch exclusively. This is a watch suitable for anyone who wants to enjoy it. It is ergonomically designed and fits various wrist sizes. You will also notice the unique shape and style of the lugs. This is a new tension fit design, the top is connected to a slender bezel to fix the crystal, and the bottom is close to the case.
Through the display back cover, you can see the 4302 large 32 mm self-winding movement. 4302 is a new design specially created by AP for this watch. This is a time and date movement with a power reserve of 70 hours. It has a large and beautiful 22k gold winding rotor with a running frequency of 4hz and contains a total of 257 components. The movement is beautifully but conservatively finished, in keeping with the overall tone of the timepiece. This is a modern movement that a forward-looking watch should have.
The Code 11.59 collection is a bit split. People seem to either like it or hate it. But I think this will change. Like most advanced things, people need a little time to appreciate the outstanding performance of this watch. The overall design of this timepiece is very modern and does not require any gimmicks or quirky features, which is rare. Because the watch world is currently so focused on the past, we lack new designs that will push the industry forward. This is a refreshing original watch that stands out in the age of retro and heavy.