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Audemars Piguet extends Code 11.59 collection with new 38 mm sizings

9 October 2023

By Scott Campbell

Audemars Piguet has broadened the appeal of its Code 11.59 collection by extending the range with new 38 mm sizing. 

The new diameter debuts with two selfwinding models featuring an 18-carat pink gold case enriched with an embossed dial in a choice of purple or ivory hues and a corresponding alligator strap. 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, launched in 2022.

The new 38 mm Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding has been designed with smaller wrists in mind. This size, which complements the collection’s current 41 and 42 mm offering, 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.

Its case is 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.

The two 18-carat pink gold models offer elegant contrasts. The first watch is 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 guilloché 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. In addition, 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.

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