Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Minute Repeater Supersonnerie Watch First Look

Details are scarce around this beast right now, but this is the top dog in Audemars Piguet’s new Code 11.59 collection. It may look simple but it actually costs more than double the next most expensive watch in the collection. Why? Because this deceptively simple-looking watch is the Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Minute Repeater Supersonnerie.

Specifications

Brand: Audermars Piguet
Model: Code 11.59 Minute Repeater Supersonnie
Dimensions: 41mm
Water Resistance: 20 meters
Case Material: White gold
Crystal/Lens: Sapphire
Movement: Caliber 2953
Frequency: 3 Hz
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Strap/Bracelet: Blue alligator leather strap
Price & Availability: 295,000 Swiss francs


Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Minute Repeater Supersonnerie Watch First Look

Analysis

My colleagues will be sharing their thoughts on Audemars Piguet’s new collection in their respective write-ups but here’s mine. I don’t necessarily like all of the models, in fact, I question some of their design choices. However, I have to applaud AP for their courage. At a time when most of the watch industry is content to dig through their archives and re-release or “reinterpret” past references, what AP is doing deserves some respect.

At any rate, the Audermars Piguet Code 11.59 Minute Repeater Supersonnie makes a very strong case for being the best-looking watch in the new collection. The dial is actually smoked-blue enamel and is simple and clean. Just 12, 3, and 9 Arabic hour markers, baton markers in between, and a subsidiary seconds dial at 6 o’clock. That’s all there is to it. It looks deceptive simple unless you know where to look. A slider at the side of the case at around 8 o’clock hints at the watch’s striking capabilities.

Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Minute Repeater Supersonnerie Watch First Look

Inside beats the caliber 2953, which is based on the caliber 2937 found in the Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie. It’s called a Supersonnerie because of the unique way the watch is constructed to amplify the chimes. Traditionally, the gongs are attached to the main plate, but here, they are attached to a device that acts as a soundboard that makes it louder. The outer case back is also perforated to allow sound to pass through with less interference.


Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Minute Repeater Supersonnerie Watch First Look

Conclusion

My heart ached when I found out that this was a minute repeater watch. I love how simple and clean the smoked blue enamel dial is. I also think the new case design is quite striking. However, at close to 300,000 Swiss francs, this is a watch that is out of the reach for most. Still, one can admire its looks and also the technology that goes into improving its chiming mechanism. The Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Minute Repeater watch is priced at 295,000 Swiss francs and we will bring you more details when we see the collection hands-on at SIHH 2019. Learn more at audemarspiguet.com

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