THE CODE 11.59 BY AUDEMARS PIGUET: NEW TONES OF ELEGANCE

A year after its controversial launch, the Code 11:59 by Audemars Piguet is back with a revamp that should silence the doubters. And it is just in time to lend some much-needed optimism into a world gone grey.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Chronograph 18-carat pink-gold case, smoked lacquered purple dial with sunray pattern base.

The element that to me provided insight into the crazed attention to detail in the design and case construction of Audemars Piguet’s now two-year-old Code 11:59 by Audemars Piguet was, innocuously enough, a small screw. Specifically, a high-polished, screw-slotted, hexagonal-shaped threaded device used to retain the attachment for the strap. This solid bar slips through each side of the strap and is milled — in the words of Peter Speake, aka the Naked Watchmaker — to resemble “a balance staff”. It fits between the two lugs and is secured with the screws in question. Which, if you think about it, is an incredibly complex way to attach a strap. Why didn’t Audemars Piguet simply create a circular-slotted screw to fit the hole in their signature open lugs instead of machining a double-stepped and intricately shaped element that goes from hexagon to circular and that is also polished with slavish devotion to perfection? Aha. Good question. Well, it seems, as with everything related to the collection, Audemars Piguet decided not to take the path of least resistance but impelled itself to navigate the road less travelled.

Published

October 2020

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