THE SHEEN OF STEEL
After the use of precious materials such as gold, white or rose, or technical materials such as ceramic for the case middle of some models, it is now the turn of steel, a metal synonymous with robustness, to make its entry into the young collection of the Le Brassus watchmaker.
For Audemars Piguet, the first quarter of 2023 is marked by the introduction of a robust, reliable silvery metal with a delicate bluish sparkle into its latest collection: steel. This iron and carbon-based alloy, which is well known in the watchmaking industry, joins the range of materials, both precious, such as white and rose gold, and technical, such as the ceramic used for the case middle of some models, to dress the architectural silhouettes of six new references, including three Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Automatique.
In addition to the appearance of steel to compose the 41mm-diameter, 10.7mm-thick case and embrace the octagonal profile, in black ceramic for one of the versions, a breathtaking work has been done on the dial. Tinted with a green PVD coating – a color that oscillates between khaki and emerald – or blue – the famous “Bleu Nuit Nuage 50” borrowed from the Royal Oak collection – or with a galvanic treatment to obtain a beige gradient effect, it features a motif specially developed for the Code 11.59 that is based on the formation of a graphic structure by concentric circles that seem to undulate toward the outside. The bezel has also been redesigned with a smoother slope and a more precise seconds scale. In terms of display, the elongated and luminescent indexes, overhung by white gold baton-type hands, replace the Arabic numerals. The date, indicated in light color on a dark background at 3 o’clock, completes the rhythm of the passing time. This trio is powered by the caliber 4302, a 4hz automatic movement manufactured by Audemars Piguet, which delivers a significant 70-hour power reserve when fully wound.