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Audemars Piguet's 38mm Diameter Code 11.59 in Pink Gold

Kaweesa Abubakr 10/21/2023
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Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 38mm

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Crafted for smaller wrists, the pair of self-winding models are wrapped in an 18-carat pink gold case with either a pink or ivory dial and a matching alligator strap.

Case

The compact size of the duo's case, with its smaller diameter, is likely to be its biggest selling point, offering a tighter fit compared to the 41mm or 42mm options previously available in the 11.59 lineup.

Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 38mm

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Crafted from 18-carat gold, the three-part case is a marvel of geometric design, featuring an octagonal case middle nestled between an extra-thin bezel and a circular case back. The upper part of the case lugs is welded to the bezel while the lower part leans against the case back.

The cases also get a similar finish to AP's calibers with an alternation of the brand's signature satin-brushing and polished chamfers. Adding to the case design's complexity, the crown features shallower yet more pronounced indentations.

Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 38mm

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Dials and Subdial

The simplicity of the dials on both watches aligns with what you'll find on other models in the Code 11.59 collection. However, the visually captivating gradient structure of the dials crafted in collaboration with Swiss guilloché artist Yann von Kaenel distinguishes them from other models in the lineup. Regarding the pattern, AP described the gradient as hundreds of tiny holes emanating from the dial's center in a wave-like pattern, which, upon closer scrutiny, proves to be accurate.

Available in either a vibrant purple or a subtle ivory hue, the dials' hues are achieved through a PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) technique that preserves and accentuates the depth of the embossed pattern. To the naked eye, the pattern orchestrates a unique interplay of light and color, adding an exciting new dimension to the collection.

Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 38mm

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The polished hour markers complement the chosen dial colors, while the hands, coated with luminescent material, ensure maximum legibility in low-light conditions. As is common with many watches in the 11.59 collection, the dial retains a clean simplicity, in this case, bereft of any subdials except for the date window seated at 3 O'clock.

Movement

At the heart of the new duo is AP's latest self-winding movement, the Calibre 5900. Launched in 2022, this slim self-winding movement oscillates at a frequency of 4Hz, ensuring accurate timekeeping while offering a robust 60-hour power reserve.

Enhancing the timepieces' aesthetics, the movement's 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight is visible through the sapphire caseback, along with fine decorations like polished angles, vertical satin brushing, circular graining, and Côtes de Genève.

With the rest of AP's collections sporting 40+mm diameter watches, it was only a matter of time before the 11.59 collection got something for smaller wrists. The new pair of 38 mm variants are a welcome addition, bringing the 11.59 collection's classic elegance to a border audience.


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