Kicking off 2023 in an impressive manner, Audemars Piguet recently debuted a vast collection of luxury timepieces that give collectors and enthusiasts a look at the brand’s innovative future as an industry leader. Among all the exclusive and desirable Royal Oak models unveiled, the haute horologists at Audemars Piguet were most proud to evolve its line of Code 11.59 models with an all-new design and technological improvements. Audemars Piguet is excited to present the new Code 11.59 Universelle as the ultimate ultra-complication within its collection of exceptional timepieces.
The Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Ultra Complication Universelle continues its legacy of featuring a traditional circular-shaped case design, crafting the 42mm construction from 18k white gold. The partially-exposed black dial includes black counters applied with matching white gold markers and hands, using its breathtaking Tourbillon as the star of the show. A glare-proof sapphire backcase offers a clear view of the intricate complication, with the ability to change its look with an additional white gold-covered backcase. Standing out as a formal dress watch designed to turn heads, Audemars Piguet fits the Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Ultra Complication Universelle with a Black alligator strap and an 18k white gold AP folding clasp.
The Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Ultra Complication Universelle is powered by Audemars Piguet’s new in-house Calibre 1000, paying tribute to its legacy of high complications in this new creation that incorporates 40 different functions, including 23 complications.
To celebrate its push towards the future of time-telling, Audemars Piguet’s newest movement offers a new depiction of lunar cycles. Using two concentric disks, six different moon positions are printed to represent transitory stages between the new and full moon. The movement is now also attached with gongs on its sapphire crystal, which utilizes its “secret” backase to boost sound amplification while the watch is worn.
Although pricing is yet to be officially released by Audemars Piguet, collectors interested in acquiring the Code 11.59 Universelle are invited to visit their local authorized dealer to plan an appointment.
Four years in, it’s clear the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet isn’t going anywhere. Sarah introduced us to yesterday’s new lineup of time-only and chronograph models, but this one’s a little more complicated. Okay, a lot more complicated.
This is the new Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Ultra Complication Universelle RD#4. AP says its latest research and development watch is its first ultra-complicated automatic wristwatch: The Code 11.59 Universelle features the new AP Calibre 1000, which incorporates 40 functions, including 23 complications and 17 “technical devices.” It’s a stunning combination of much of the R&D we’ve seen trickling out of AP since 2015 when it introduced the RD#1, and the most complicated watch to ever come from the brand.
Among the 23 complications are a Grand Sonnerie Supersonnerie, minute repeater, perpetual calendar, split-seconds flyback chronograph, and flying tourbillon. AP says the RD#4 took over seven years of development and incorporates the previous three R&D innovations – the Supersonnerie from RD#1, the ultra-thin perpetual calendar from RD#2, and the flying tourbillon from last year’s RD#3. The Calibre 1000 has 1,155 components – impressively, it fits this in a Code 11.59 case that measures 42mm in diameter and 15.5mm in thickness. It sounds, dare I say – wearable?