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Audemars Piguet Unveil The New Code 11.59, Its First Ultra-Complicated, Selfwinding Wristwatch

Audemars Piguet, the Swiss luxury watchmaker, has unveiled the new Code 11.59, its first ultra-complicated, selfwing wristwatch. The Code 11.59 is a masterpiece of horological innovation and craftsmanship, combining a perpetual calendar, a minute repeater, a flying tourbillon, and a split-seconds chronograph in a single timepiece.

The Code 11.59 is the latest addition to the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet collection, which was launched in 2019 as a contemporary evolution of a classic round watch. The collection features a distinctive design that merges the round and the octagonal shapes, creating a multifaced and curved architecture.

The new Code 11.59 also boasts a modern double-curved sapphire crystal that offers a unique optic experience, enhancing the depth and refinement of the dial. The dial itself is made of various materials, such as aventurine, enamel, lacquer, and gold.

A Technical Marvel

The new Code 11.59 is powered by the caliber 26398BC.00.DOO2CR.02, a selfwinding movement that integrates four complications in a compact case of 42 mm in diameter and 14.6 mm in thickness. The movement consists of 648 parts and has a power reserve of 48 hours.

The perpetual calendar displays the date, day, month, leap, and moon phases on four subdials, as well as the week of the year on the inner bezel. The perpetual calendar is programmed until 2100 and will require one adjustment every 100 years.

The minute repeater strikes the hours, quarters, and minutes on demand with two hammers and two gongs. The minute repeater mechanism is visible on the dial side, revealing its intricate components and fine finishing. The minute repeater also features a security device that prevents any damage to the movement's accuracy and adds a touch of elegance to the dial.

The split-seconds chronograph measures elapsed time with two central hands that can be stopped independently. The chronograph also features a 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock and a small seconds at 9 o'clock. The split-seconds chronograph allows the user to time two events that start at the same time but end differently.

A Limited Edition

The new Code 11.59 is a limited edition of only four pieces, each with a different dial color: black, blue, burgundy or dark green. The case is made of 18-carat white gold and features polished and satin-brushed surfaces. The caseback is engraved with "Limited Edition" and "RD#4", referring to the fourth research and development project of Audemars Piguet.

The strap is made of hand-stitched alligator leather that matches the dial color. The strap is secured by a pin buckle in 18-carat white gold.

The new Code 11.59 is a testament to Audemers Piquet's mastery of complex mechanisms and refined aesthetics. It is a rare and exclusive timepiece that will appeal to connoisseurs and collectors alike.


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