Launched in 2019, the Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 collection made waves in the watch industry. The collection is AP’s latest collection since the launch of Offshore and Offshore Diver, which is a fresh take on the brand compared to the popularity of its flagship Royal Oak octagonal design. The model takes its name from the minute before midnight and the anticipation of a new day and future.
The evolution of the Code 11.59 round case
In 2019, Audemars Piguet launched a new series Code 11.59. The collection is AP’s response to creating a watch with an entirely in-house manufactured and integrated movement, while expanding on the iconic Royal Oak collection. The watch received mixed reviews when it first launched, but just a few years later, it has grown in popularity among collectors.
Audemars Piguet is known for producing octagonal bezel Royal Oaks, cushion boxes and one-piece bezels, the brand also has the Millenary collection with oval designs and Jules Audemars with slim profiles and round cases. The Code 11.59 combines the Royal Oak with classic circular watchmaking. The case is technically round, but has an internal octagon in the middle of the case shape. The lugs are also skeletonized, adding another layer of complexity to the design.
The Code 11.59 series has been in development for over 5 years before the model series was launched. CEO François-Henry Bennahmias wanted to launch a collection that looked at the future of the brand and what the next pillar of the brand might be.
The design feature of the Code 11.59 cheap watch is not only in the unique case design. The crystal is a hyperboloid sapphire, which enhances the dial details and makes it easier to read. A very thin bezel surrounds the crystal for maximum dial legibility.
Looking at the dial itself, there is a raised AP logo made of a thin layer of gold. Many models also feature lacquered dials, adding depth and complexity to the dial.
The Code 11.59 models all feature the same 41mm case, but vary in white or rose gold material and matte or sunburst lacquered dials, unless you’re looking at the diamond variant.
Code 11.59 Model
When the collection was first launched in 2019, there were 13 references covering six different models. Today’s current collection features eight different models and 37 different references. Even with a brief production run since launch, there are some models that have been retired, although usually these are just designs that have evolved into different materials rather than discontinuing the model type as a whole.
- Self-winding model
A classic time and date-only model,cheap Audemars Piguet offers the self-winding Code 11.59, which features three hands and a date window hidden between the 4 and 5 index markers. This is probably the most extensive watch collection with 13 current production variants. Ranging from rose gold with a white lacquered dial to white gold with a sunburst blue lacquered dial. You can’t miss this stunning collection, available in white or rose gold with chronograph pavé diamond dial versions.
- Self-winding chronograph
The next model series with the most options is the self-winding chronograph. In current production, as of April 2022, there are 11 different models in white or rose gold. These models come in more classic dial colours like blue, grey and black, though with a stunning purple lacquer finish paired with a rose gold case, it’s sure to stand out. These chronographs feature a triple-record sub-dial configuration with a constant seconds hand at 6 o’clock.
- Perpetual Calendar
The Code 11.59 Perpetual Calendar is currently available in white or rose gold with a blue dial and matching blue rubber strap. Aside from the sporty blue rubber-coated strap, what makes these watches unique is the use of aventurine on the dial. The stone has a star-like appearance that makes the moon phases seem to float in the night sky.
- Self-winding flying tourbillon
Taking complexity to another level, Audemars Piguet released Code 11.59 as a flying tourbillon. Just like the other models, this can be found in white or rose gold. The white gold model features a blue lacquered dial or blue aventurine enamel with a smoky effect. The rose gold model is also available, but with a black dial. At 6 o’clock is the open tourbillon.
- Skeleton Tourbillon
Removing the fully lacquered dial with the tourbillon brings the skeleton tourbillon, which has an open dial with a lacquered inner bezel. The white gold model features a grey skeleton dial and grey rubber-coated strap. The rose gold model features a contrasting black construction with a black alligator leather strap. The skeletonized movements on these models are all hand-finished, with depth between the front and back of the watch, and a full exhibition caseback. Audemars Piguet also released an “Only Watch” version of the model, which features white lacquer and rose gold trim.
- Self-winding flying tourbillon flyback chronograph
The self-winding flying tourbillon chronograph combines some complications and comes with a white gold case. The blue dial version features white gold trim and a matching blue alligator leather strap, while the black dial features rose gold trim and a black strap. This is a skeletonized dial that is not fully see-through due to the mechanics required for the chronograph movement and recorder. The chronograph also features a flyback feature, allowing easy timekeeping without first stopping the chronograph.
- Grand Sonnerie Carillon Supersonnerie
A unique piece of Audemars Piguet is the Grand Sonnerie Carillon Supersonnerie. While a tourbillon or skeletonized dial can be a work of art, these are true masterpieces and produced in limited quantities. This model features a blue-green enamel dial with a matching strap and white gold case. What makes this watch stand out is its unique dial, custom-made by world-renowned enamel artist and designer Anita Porchet. The teal dial features a concentric pattern that radiates out from the center of the dial and features golden circular decorations of varying sizes and thicknesses. Every dial is unique, so no two are alike.
In addition to the unique look of this Code 11.59 replica men watches, it is also a Grand Sonnerie Supersonnerie, Petite Sonnerie minute repeater with 498 different parts in its movement. The crown at 3 o’clock controls the hours and minutes. The auxiliary crown at 2 o’clock controls the ring selector, while the bell pusher is at 10 o’clock.
Audemars Piguet also released the Grand Sonnerie Supersonnerie with a concentric guilloche dial, designed by engine-turning artist Yann Von Kaenel and enamelist Anita Porchet.
- Three Questions Super Self-Sound
The Minute Repeater Supersonnerie is perhaps one of the simpler-looking watches in the Code 11.59 collection. Audemars Piguet uses their patented Minute Repeater Supersonnerie technology, which was introduced in 2016. This technology increases the acoustic performance of the timekeeping. The white gold case is brushed and polished, while the enamel dial is smoked blue. Along the rehaut and inner bezel, it has a graduated scale from navy blue to black. Although enamel, it looks matte and gives an undercover look. Rounding out the watch is a matching blue alligator leather strap.
Patented in 2015, the Supersonnerie technology uses a special shell structure that amplifies sound and limits sound absorption for optimal sound. The gongs are attached to a device that mimics a soundboard to transmit vibrations, unlike traditional minute repeaters, which are attached to the movement plate.