Following the watches we’ve already presented for the charity auction Only Watch 2019, it is now time to look at Audemars Piguet’s contribution. In 2017, the Le Brassus-based brand presented a unique blue dial version of its full ceramic Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar for the fund-raising event. This year, the brand takes its latest and controversial creation and donates a unique two-tone model, the Code 11.59 By Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Openworked Unique Piece for Only Watch 2019.
No introductions are needed: the Code 11.59 By Audemars Piguet was probably the most discussed and controversial collection of the SIHH 2019 following its launch. This collection, entirely new for Audemars, proposed a different approach to the brand’s concept, something to add to the bold, signature Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore ranges. Reactions were strong, but as we explained and showed, it is a watch that deserves to be seen in the metal to be understood.
This two-tone version really emphasizes the architectural complexity and shapes of the case of Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet. In this instance, the central case, discreetly shaped like an octagon (the brand’s signature shape), is made of 18k rose gold, with brushed and polished surfaces. The rest of the case parts – referring to the ultra-thin, round bezel, the sculptural lugs and the caseback – are made of 18k white gold creating an interesting contrast between the different parts of this complex case.
For this unique “Only Watch 2019” piece, the brand chose the Code 11.59 By Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Openworked as a base. The hand-wound, fully skeletonized movement is delicately hollowed with modern curves revealing the inner parts of this in-house calibre. Following the two-tone theme, most of the movement is rhodium toned and features a pink gold-toned titanium tourbillon and barrel bridges with polished rhodium-toned angles. The decoration is superb, with no fewer than 70 hand-polished angles. An opaline silver-toned white gold inner bezel frames the movement.
This unique model comes with a black alligator strap. Code 11.59 By Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Openworked Two-Tone (ref. 26600CR.OO.D002CR.99) is a unique piece donated for the charity auction Only Watch 2019.
Only Watch is a biennial fundraiser for research on muscular dystrophy – Association Monégasque Contre les Myopathies (AMM). Organized under the patronage of HSH Albert II de Monaco, the watches of the 8th edition will be auctioned by Christie’s on Saturday 9 November 2019. More details at www.onlywatch.com.