Audemars Piguet is shaking things up at this year’s Geneva Watch Days with a spectacular diamond-studded piece that – for once – is not a Royal Oak.
It’s called the Code 11.59 and it’s covered in more than 1,000 diamonds.
The watch is available in 18-carat white and pink gold, with a matching leather strap.
Each dial features 612 brilliant-cut diamonds.
The decoration consists of six different types of stones ranging from the smallest to the largest to create a peripheral effect.
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The double-domed sapphire completes the package, making the dial look alive when the light hits it.
The case and the bezel are covered with diamonds, too.
Combined, you’re looking at 473 brilliant-cut diamonds and 2.69 carats.
Both pieces are powered by Audemars Piguet’s self-winding cal 4309 movement, giving it nearly three days of power reserve.
Sometimes watch collectors cheekily call Audemars Piguet a ‘one-hit wonder’ because the brand is mostly known for the Royal Oak.
But the company has really changed the narrative with this one.
AP is keeping details under wraps but we know that other Code 11.59 models start at around $30,000.
But these two pieces are made from gold and come with more than 1,000 diamonds, so you can safely expect to pay a huge premium.
These models don’t appear to be limited to a particular number, but production will likely be capped at a few hundred pieces.
About Audemars Piguet
Founded in a small Swiss village in 1875, Audemars Piguet is one of the most respected watch brands in the world.
Together with Vacheron Constantin and Patek Philippe, it forms the so-called ‘Holy Trinity’ of watches.
The company is obviously best known for introducing the Royal Oak in 1972.
Designed by Gérald Genta, it is often considered to be the world’s first luxury sports watch.