Table of Content
|1) The Code 11.59 Collection: A Brief Overview||2) Code 11.59 in 38mm: A Perfect Fit|
|3) New Royal Oak Models||4) Should you buy any of these new Audemars watches?|
The Code 11.59 Collection: A Brief Overview
Before we jump into the exciting news about the new 38mm variants, let’s take a moment to appreciate what AP has achieved with the Code 11.59 collection. First introduced in 2019, this collection represents Audemars Piguet’s commitment to pushing boundaries in classic watchmaking. The design takes a break from the company’s traditional Royal Oak design and offers customers a dressier wristwatch while maintaining a classy design.
The Code 11.59 collection stands out with its distinctive round case featuring a multi-faceted mid-case construction. This design approach adds depth and complexity to the watch.
Code 11.59 in 38mm: A Perfect Fit
With 41mm and larger models, Audemars Piguet was able to offer the Code 11.59 collection only to the men. However, with the addition of the 38mm variant, the collection is now open to women as well. Not just that, but they have managed to make these models unisex, which means men with relatively thinner wrists can also enjoy wearing a Code 11.59 now.
As of now, the AP has only added two 38mm variants, both of which feature an 18ct Rose Gold case. While one gets a purple dial, the other one sports an Ivory-White dial. Both these variants feature an alligator strap that matches the dial color. Although there are only two 38mm options available for now, this has definitely opened doors for more to come.
Just like some other latest AP watches, the new Code 11.59 reference 77410OR features a Caliber 5900 self-winding automatic movement. It offers a power reserve of up to 60 hours and has been designed by using a total of 188 parts. With a total diameter of 26.185mm, this is definitely one of the most impressive movements AP has used.
More to come
These two 38mm variants are just the beginning. While not announced officially, most likely AP is going to launch more of these 38mm Code 11.59 watches with various dial options, and they might even bring different complications like a chronograph or a minute repeater. This will just help the brand elevate the amount of options available and will make sure that they appeal to every type of audience out there.
Secondary Market: Premium or Discount?
Audemars Piguet has just released these new pieces, and it will be a while before these start hitting the secondary market. So far, what we have seen is that these Code 11.59 pieces are usually available at a discount in the secondary market. However, since this is a new size, they might fetch a premium initially. But as more pieces start getting picked up from the AP boutiques around the globe, the prices might start falling gradually in the second-hand watch market.
New Royal Oak Models
Just a few weeks before AP announced the launch of the 38mm Code 11.59 models, they also launched a couple of new Royal Oak variations. The new additions include two new Royal Oak Jumbo Extra Thin, a Royal Oak High Jewelry, Royal Oak Minute Repeater Supersonnerie and a 30th Anniversary Royal Oak Offshore. All of these models are proof that AP is at the pinnacle of watchmaking innovation.
Royal Oak Jumbo Extra Thin
AP launched two new variations of the Jumbo Extra Thin. There is a new Openworked Jumbo Extra Thin crafted out of 18ct Yellow Gold. Besides that, the Swiss watchmaker has also launched a titanium Extra Thin Jumbo model featuring a burgundy red smoked dial. The watch uses a Bulk Metallic Glass bezel, which helps it stand out from other Royal Oak models.
Should you buy any of these new Audemars watches?
It all boils down to personal preference. If any of these pieces manage to appeal to your taste, you should definitely start looking to buy one. With the shortage in supply, you will not be able to buy these pieces outright. Hence, you will have to put yourself up on a waitlist at the nearest AP Authorized Dealer. You can also choose to avoid the queue by requesting a reputed watch dealer like WatchMaestro to source the watch for you.