In the realm of luxury timepieces, size isn’t always everything. Audemars Piguet has just proven this with a bold move, introducing two exquisite 38mm watches in 18k pink gold to expand the horizons of their Code 11.59 lineup.
These two newcomers, sporting captivating dials in ivory and regal purple, boast a unique feature that sets them apart from their 41mm counterparts. Beneath their elegant facades lies the smaller Calibre 5900 movement, which made its debut in 2022, measuring a diminutive 24.2mm by 4mm. This shift brings a slight reduction in power reserve, now resting at a respectable 60 hours, while retaining a water resistance of 30 meters. However, the most significant transformation lies in their overall dimensions, with a svelte case thickness of 9.6mm, making them a more inclusive choice for those who previously found 41mm watches too imposing.
While aesthetic preferences can be subjective, this design has been steadily gaining favor among connoisseurs. The distinctive octagonal case middle, ultra-slim bezel, and round caseback continue to be key elements. Notably, the upper part of the gracefully designed lugs seamlessly melds with the bezel, while the lower section delicately caresses the caseback. The case itself is a masterpiece of contrasts, blending brushed and polished surfaces to create a harmonious visual symphony. Furthermore, the crown and dials align with the refined design language of this youthful collection, featuring embossed dials that produce a captivating gradient effect and a crown with shallower indentations.
For those eager to adorn their wrists with these horological marvels, both models are now available for US$33,200.