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Audemars Piguet New Collection - CODE 11:59 - Launched in Intimate Viewing

Audemars Piguet late last week launched its SIHH-buzzworthy CODE 11:59 collection of timepieces at an intimate viewing in The Apartment at Woollahra’s Hotel Centennial. The bold new collection is the most comprehensive release to date from the Vallee de Joux brand, comprising no fewer than 13 references.

The name is an acronym for Challenge, Own, Dare and Evolve, while the 11:59 signifies the minute before the new day – apt for a brand that’s on the cusp of a new era.

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The CODE 11:59 has been laboured over for the last eight years with AP including six calibres in the collection, three of which are new. The new calibre 4401 is an in -house self-winding chronograph with an integrated column-wheel, flyback function and instantaneous jump date indication. The calibre 4302 is an automatic time and date movement with a dedicated 22-karat gold rotor and the third new calibre is the 2950, AP’s first automatic flying tourbillon with a central rotor.

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The other references include a perpetual calendar, tourbillon open-worked and minute repeater supersonnerie – all of which use previously existing AP calibres.

Despite attempts to become less reliant on the famous Royal Oak, the brand still incorporates an octagonal design in the CODE 11:59’s sandwiched, middle case, visible through the open-designed lugs. The 41mm outer case is ergonomically curved with a gentler, unisex appeal, while the ultra-thin bezel enlarges the face of the watch. The combination is an unfussy, clean and minimal watch.

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Of course, there is the attention to detail you’d come to expect from AP including the signature being built on to the face of the watch (using a process called galvanic growth, akin to 3D printing) and a sapphire crystal which features a “double curve“ that AP says will enhance the dial’s details. The movements are decorated using a wide array of finishing techniques, including traits tires (fine, parallel brushing), Côtes de Genève, circular graining, circular satin, diamond-polished bevels and gold-toned engraving.

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