Editor’s note: Without a doubt, one of the hottest trends of 2020 was the sheer volume of coloured watches that were released. From pretty pastels to the range of rainbows, these colours were a welcome bright spot in a grim year. A certain Le Brassus-based brand joined in on the fun introducing the CODE 11.59 by Audemars Piguet collection in a variety of smoked dial tones. If you missed these when they were first released, let’s take a closer look at what makes them exciting additions to the range.
When the high-quality replica Audemars Piguet CODE 11.59 was released in 2019, it marked the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the brand. Audemars Piguet CEO François-Henry Bennahmias stated the launch of the new collection was the biggest for the brand since 1972 when the iconic Royal Oak was first introduced. It was, in other words, a very big deal for AP.
At launch, 13 different references were released across six different models included complications such as a minute repeater Supersonnerie, a perpetual calendar and a flying tourbillon. Despite being a new part of the AP family, the Swiss made fake CODE 11.59 is clearly here to stay and continues to expand its offerings with the release of 10 new references across two of the models – the automatic three-hander and the selfwinding chronograph.
Featured in these new references are new lacquered dials that are coloured and have a smoked sunburst pattern, as well new two-tone gold cases. We saw blue examples of the smoked dials in the flying tourbillon and minute repeater (produced in enamel) from the 2019 collection, however, the other references within the collection were offered with more conservative dials.
Now AP is brightening things up with these purple, blue, burgundy, light and dark grey dials that inject more vibrant depth into the collection and offer an exciting point of difference. In addition, each of the five different colours are paired with matching alligator straps to further emphasise their vibrant flair.
Beyond the dial, the structure of the cases and the movements are the same that we saw in the initial release of the collection in 2019. The case is complex, made up of multiple sections, including the round bezel and caseback that sandwich the octagonal case middle.
But while the structure of the cases is the same, the materials have changed for the light and dark grey references. In these two colourways, the case is constructed from white gold at the front and rear with pink gold in the middle. It’s uncommon to see cases or bracelets made from two precious metals of different colours at Audemars Piguet and, indeed, across the watchmaking world. However in 2019, Audemars Piguet produced the unique CODE 11.59 Tourbillon Openworked Only Watch for the charity auction, a watch that featured the same combination of white and pink gold. On the day of the auction the watch achieved a remarkable result, selling for CHF 1,000,000 against an estimate of CHF 190,000-240,000.
The movements powering the 10 new references are the same as those in the 2019 models, with the time and date model housing the caliber 4302, and the chronograph containing the caliber 4401, both of which are self-winding and feature 70 hours of power reserve. Both movements were first launched with the CODE 11.59 by Audemars Piguet last year, and are impressive in their own rights. The caliber 4302 contains 257 total components, yet remains relatively slim at only 4.8mm tall, allowing the entire watch to sit just 10.7mm off your wrist.
The self-winding chronograph caliber 4401 takes things to the next level again, offering a fully integrated flyback chronograph movement with both a column wheel and an open-worked gold rotor for an unobstructed view of the finely finished mechanism in action.
While this is only the second multi-reference release of the CODE 11.59 by Audemars Piguet collection, these are exciting additions to the new family and show commitment and focus to quickly establishing it as a foundational pillar of the brand. With expressive case materials and exciting dial colours, perfect Audemars Piguet replica are injecting warmth and personality into the often po-faced world of haute horology. For the CODE 11.59, it seems, the future is bright.