audemars piguet code 11 59 qp closeup



In this essential model, the brand based in Le Brassus makes use of geometric shapes to provide a striking new visual design.

Bowing out with panache: this was Audemars Piguet’s aim at its last SIHH – the brand has opted not to take part in the major watchmaking event from next year. So this year was marked by a new collection, the Code 11.59. Its strong points? An original case, first of all, although it is based on the iconic Royal Oak. The outline follows the famous octagonal case drawn by Gerald Genta’s inspired pencil in 1972. This geometric shape is sandwiched between a round extra-slim bezel and sapphire crystal caseback. The open-work horns set up rounded lines to harmonise with the wrist. The polished and satin finishes on the 41mm-wide case catch the light in an attractive way. Light also flourishes on the dial of the Code 11.59 Perpetual Calendar. The time elements are set against a background decorated with aventurine in a midnight blue colour. Three small hands in the same number of sub-dials show the day, date and month. A realistic reproduction of the moon is housed at 6 o’clock and shows the moon phases. Lastly, the dial is encircled by a chapter ring with a white hand to indicate the week number.

audemars piguet code 11 59 qp closeupThe Code 11.59 Perpetual Calendar is an elegant model, worn with a blue alligator leather strap to perfectly match the rose gold case.

Price: 69,500 CHF

By Dan Diaconu