Launched in 2019, the controversial Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 assortment has seen some drastic evolutions previously years. With out even speaking in regards to the addition of all doable issues, the basic fashions – time-and-date and chronograph – have been improved already by the addition of new smoked/gradient dials. However as of now, the gathering was obtainable primarily in white or pink gold, with or with out ceramic accents. Not anymore, as we now have chrome steel Code 11.59 watches, obtainable in three-hand and chrono, with a brand new dial sample and colors that make them sportier, and extra informal. 6 references in whole, together with 2 bolder ones with gradient color and ceramic parts. Let’s have a more in-depth look.
The primary 12 months of the Code 11.59 was powerful… The launch wasn’t the anticipated success, and the reception of the watches wasn’t extremely enthusiastic. The explanation is perhaps the somewhat glossy dials that have been provided within the inaugural fashions. Nonetheless, the watch itself had some fairly fascinating options, similar to a posh and somewhat beautiful case (not less than when regarded from the facet) and a strong providing of latest in-house actions – together with the long-anticipated built-in chronograph calibre. However the look wasn’t placing sufficient but. Issues modified when AP determined to spice issues up with gradient dials, two-tone circumstances or ceramic accents, enhancing the advanced form of the case. However all have been principally made from gold… Costly, heavy and too formal for some.
Issues are altering this 12 months with the introduction of the metal Code 11.59 fashions. Six references, obtainable in time-and-date and chronograph fashions, that includes new dials, with cool color and extra vigorous textures. What stays is the form of the case, which continues to be probably the most advanced within the model’s portfolio. Composed of stylized openworked lugs, an ultra-thin bezel, an octagonal case center and a curvature that runs from 12 to six o’clock, it stays discreet at first sight and turns into rather more fascinating when trying on the facet. Now made from metal (for the bezel, lugs and caseback), the ending is not any much less spectacular, with a mixture of brushed surfaces and hand-polished accents. The fashions with beige dial add a case center and a crown in black ceramic, for much more distinction. Sadly, the water-resistance stays rated at 30 metres.
One of many advantages of utilizing chrome steel is to carry extra consolation, because of a lighter materials. All fashions are nonetheless 41mm in diameter, with a thickness of 10.7mm on the time-and-date fashions and 12.6mm on the chronographs. And metal will after all be extra resistant in daily-use circumstances. To additional improve the informal type of those fashions, AP has given its metal Code 11.59 some rubber and leather-based straps with a textile sample, closed by a pin buckle, with colors matching the dials.
Speaking in regards to the dials, that is the place issues actually enhance. Gone are the flat lacquered dials and the skinny palms and markers. All six metal fashions, though completely different in color, have a brand new sample that makes the watch much more vigorous. The dial has a ripple sample with concentric circles. These are obtained by a stamped course of, however their creation is the results of a collaboration with guilloché craftsman Yann von Kaenel. He engraved by hand the fundamental stamps, with waves and a whole bunch of tiny holes. So though stamped, the dials have a somewhat spectacular stage of element.
Three completely different colors can be found for these Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet in chrome steel. First is a basic of the model, the Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50, discovered on the Royal Oak Jumbo. It’s mixed with a darkish gray internal flange and contrasting gray counters on the chronograph model. The second color is a stylish khaki inexperienced, with a tone-on-tone flange and rhodium-plated counter scales on the chronograph. Lastly, the fashions with contrasting ceramic parts on the case have a gradient beige dial, which is smoked away from the centre and turns into fully black in the direction of the periphery. The chronograph provides black distinction on the counters. Observe that the internal flange has been redesigned too on these metal fashions. It’s wider, has a smoother bevel and a extra detailed minute/second monitor.
One other evolution on the metal Audemars Piguet 11.59 issues the palms and markers, with new elongated hour markers changing the Arabic numerals of the gold fashions. All parts are wider, faceted and now function luminous inserts. The utilized model brand continues to be current and made from gold. And on the 3-hand fashions, the date has been moved to three o’clock and is framed by a metallic component.
No evolutions to be seen, nevertheless, inside these new metal circumstances. The time-and-date fashions are nonetheless powered by the in-house calibre 4302, an automated motion with 4Hz frequency and 70h energy reserve. The chronographs retain the spectacular built-in chronograph calibre 4401 with a column wheel and flyback perform. Seen by way of the sapphire again, these actions are wound by a strong pink gold rotor and properly embellished.
Availability & Worth
The six new chrome steel Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding and Selfwinding Chronograph fashions will likely be a part of the everlasting assortment and obtainable in April 2023. Costs begin from EUR 25,200 (incl. EU taxes) for the time-and-date mannequin and from EUR 34,800 (incl. EU taxes) for the chronograph model – versus EUR 34,200 and EUR 53,900 respectively in gold.
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