Hands On: Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Flying Tourbillon Green Aventurine

Sparkly green enamel.

With at least two iterations launched since the model’s debut – first in enamel and then onyx – the Code 11.59 tourbillon is third time lucky with the latest version of the model being the most striking to date. The Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Flying Tourbillon Green Aventurine is in 18k pink gold with the centrepiece being the fired enamel dial dial containing crushed aventurine glass.

 Initial thoughts

Bold and contemporary appears to be the name of the game for Audemars Piguet, as the recent releases indicate a strong push of the Code 11.59 lineup refreshed with modernised and adventurous livery.

And the new Code 11.59 Flying Tourbillon delivers on that front – love it or hate it, it is a markedly distinct variation of its conservative predecessors. The green dial combined with the package of the pink gold case and black ceramic case middle offers a striking contrast that’s intriguing in person.

Colour contrast

Black ceramic is the recent trend for Audemars Piguet, as the brand has been increasingly using the material as the case middle for the Code 11.59 lineup. Sandwiched between a pink gold bezel and case back, the combination is a decidedly contemporary appearance especially when paired with the stock rubber strap.

But of course, the appeal of the new model is the green aventurine dial. Made by firing crushed aventurine glass in an 800°C furnace, the dial glimmers and sparkles under the light.

The green colour luxuriously contrasts the dial adornments – the hands, applied indices and tourbillon frame are all in pink gold. Under different angles, the glossy dial surface plays with the light, allowing the applied numerals and indices to stand out.

The view of the tourbillon cage is as impressive as it has always been. A large aperture is cut into the dial, framing the massive flying tourbillon that is unobstructed from view thanks to its clever construction.

Technical Tourby

Powering the Code 11.59 Tourbillon is the cal. 2950 – Audemars Piguet’s latest generation tourbillon movement that was first used in 2022 in the Royal Oak and Code 11.59 lineup.

While it is easy to dismiss it as just another tourbillon movement, the cal. 2950 is technically accomplished. As a flying tourbillon, it exposes the three-pronged tourbillon cage and balance wheel with no obstructions, as the motion works wheels driving the central hands are offset and hidden under the dial. The rear of the movement is also interesting, as it incorporates a visually and tangibly tactile grand sonnerie style winding click for the mainspring barrel.

Key facts and price

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon
Ref. 26396NR.OO.D002KB.01 (pink gold, green aventurine dial)

Diameter: 41 mm
Height: 11.8 mm
Material: 18k pink gold and black ceramic
Crystal: Sapphire
Water resistance: 30 m

Movement: Cal. 2950
Functions: Hours, minutes, flying tourbillon
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 21,600 beats per hour (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 65 hours

Strap: Rubber strap with pink gold folding clasp

Limited edition: No
Availability: At AP boutiques and AP Houses
Price: Price upon request

For more, visit Audemarspiguet.com.


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