Steely Courage

The unveiling of Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet in 2019 heralded a new era in watchmaking. Now, six steel additions to the collection represent another giant leap forward for the manufacture.
  • fashion director Grace Gilfeather

  • by Scott Harper

  • photography Kim Lang

Introducing the Audemars Piguet Code 11.59.

For years, talk of what might be unveiled at the next Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (now known as Watches & Wonders) has begun as soon as the latest fair has finished. It tends to reach fever pitch by about November: what models might be discontinued? What might be tweaked, what might be completely reimagined? What exciting complications might be sitting in the same cases, thanks to the ingenuity of the technological titans at the various manufactures? What aesthetic masterstrokes might their artisanal colleagues have pulled off? What feats of reinvention, miniaturisation and micro- engineering might be expected? It’s rare, though, that one maker and its new collection dominates all of the speculation. But that’s exactly what happened in the build-up to the 2019 timepiece extravaganza. The maker? Audemars Piguet, an illustrious institution deified in watchmaking circles and founded just shy of a century and a half ago. Today, it is the only Swiss watch manufacturer that has never left the hands of its founding families. And the collection? Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet.


Scott Harper


April 2023


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