Audemars Piguet
Re-discover tomorrows modern classic

The misunderstood model that is about to turn into a future classic

When the launch of the ‚Code 11.59‘ in 2019 was generally considered to be more of a shot in the dark, AP CEO François-Henry Bennahmias may have remembered that back in the 70s it also took some time to gain acceptance in the market for the Royal Oak.

Now, three years later the dust is settled and we took a fresh look on the latest iteration of the ‚Code 11.59‘ – and lo and behold, we do really like what we saw.

AP evolves the Code 11.59 by the Selfwinding Chronograph collection with two models bringing together 18-carat white or pink gold with black ceramics.

These two Selfwinding Chronograph models are powered by Calibre 4401, the Manufacture’s latest in-house integrated chronograph with column wheel and flyback function that enables to restart the chronograph without stopping or resetting it first.

With their self-winding mechanism, 70-hour power reserve and water resistance to 30 m, the two chronographs are suitable for everyday use, which we really like. The two models are complemented with a black rubberised strap made of calfskin, which is a pleasant visual alternative to the usual old-school leather strap look.

Of course, the Royal Oak still remains in a different league of image and perception, but with each iteration, the Code 11.59 belongs more and more to the relevant set of watches with which sophisticated distinction is possible.

Whatever. At the end of the day, the watch has to manage one thing: Inspire you. So, take a fresh look, ask your gut and check your credit card limit for the 41mm model in white gold (Ref. 26393NB.OO.A002CA.01) or pink gold (Ref. 26393NR.OO.A002CA.01), if needed.

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