Audemars Piguet Code 11.59

crown comfort



there has been a lot of debate and negative comments about the new Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 collection, but frankly not that many posts with a detailed look at the watch.


I had the privilege to handle the 3-hander Code 11.59 in the 41mm white gold case and black lacquered dial.


What is very obvious to me is that AP tried to go a different route. The watch is not really a classic dress watch nor a sports watch. For a dress watch the case is quite bold and large but then still made of white gold.


The automatic movement is a true highlight of the watch. Perfectly finished and of great design and attention to detail.



It seems to be aimed for the business casual attire perhaps. The case is well finished and has a lot of different surfaces and shapes and with that provides a lot of interesting looks.


The dial and hands on the other hand are kept very simplistic, almost like a Nomos Bauhaus design.



With that the relatively large watch appears quite “empty” on the dial and the shiny black together with the thin hands make it quite hard to read time.


On the other hand, I do like simple watches and from the Code 11.59 my preference would actually go to this time-only version.


I’m still wondering a bit with what other watches this one is competing with or if it actually stands quite unique and created a new niche of “casual, but not sport nor dress” watches.



So in summary.


What I liked:

  • The movement is of top quality and excellent finishing
  • The new case shape is bold and fresh, perhaps a steel would be a better match


Where I see potential for improvements:

  • The thin hands are hard to read against the black shiny dial
  • We need to get used to recognising the Code 11.59 as an Audemars Piguet


 Many thanks to AP for giving me the opportunity to handle the Code 11.59



Izhik March 9th, 2019-13:58
the movement is nice...the dial of this one, simply nothing special...  
crown comfort March 11th, 2019-14:36
Thanks for your view. Agreed, the movement is top, even better in real than in photos  
radone March 9th, 2019-14:05
I totally agree I “played” with one today and kind of liked it. Besides, the sales lady in the Rome boutique received a really good trainning on presenting it. Really hard to capture in a pic, though. ... 
crown comfort March 11th, 2019-00:51
Thanks radone for the additional wristshot.  
amanico March 9th, 2019-15:48
It would be a very good watch if only the dial was different. Too wise for the case in my opinion.  
Cpt Scarlet March 9th, 2019-16:12
The problem is that most people haven’t had the opportunity to try one on the wrist.  The case is very well made but in my opinion, the dial is totally uninspiring.
Next March 9th, 2019-19:28
Still not convincing. Looks totally not 7 years in making for Ap  
crown comfort March 11th, 2019-14:37
The 7 years is hard to believe, I suspect they went through many ideas until they concluded.  
jomni1 March 10th, 2019-00:47
It's competing with fashion watches. It’s the aesthetic that younger people, artists, famous people and non-purists go for.
foversta March 10th, 2019-04:28
thanks for your post. I am currently preparing an on the wrist review  

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