Hi AP fans, Thanks to your comments and questions on my last post, I happily :-) “forced” myself to go back to AP House to check out the code 11.59 line-up !
Left: 3rd generation , Middle: 2nd generation, Right: 1st generation
Thanks to the helpfulness and patience of the same senior sales associate Vincent whom I met previously, I was fortunate enough to inspect and compare three generations of the 11.59. The evolution of the three watches, as explained by Vincent, was interesting to me as someone new to AP.
1st generation ☝️
1st generation: Curved Sapphire crystal with a magnifying effect to enlarge the size of the dial to the eyes. This thoughtful function is welcoming for my aging eyes 😉. The dial is well balanced and carries the lineage of the Royal Oak octagon design when the watch is viewed on its side. This detail is quite smart because the code, as a new watch, has its own design and identity, while is bestowed with the heritage of its iconic RO/ROO siblings. To me, the thickness is also a feature which is well liked by AP ROO fans. It also carries a new movement.
2nd generation☝️with a stunning blue dial
2nd generation: A beautiful smoky blue dial which is mesmerizing. The rose gold case matches well with the blue dial, providing an eye-catching opulent look with elegance.
Octagon just like RO/ROO ☝️
3rd generation ☝️with brushed dial and fabric strap
Great contrast of the black ceramic with rose gold case ☝️
3rd generation: A smoky grey dial with a vertical brushed finish which adds another dimension to this new look. The big change of course is the ceramic middle ring that enhances the side-views of this watch. The two-tone effect is prominent as the contrast between the rose gold and black ceramic is highly visible, especially given the sizable thickness of the watch.
IMO, AP has meticulously instilled certain elements of its DNA (i.e. RO and ROO), such as octagon shape and thickness/wrist, into the code. This product extension apparently is gaining momentum and each generation has noticeable enhancements. The overall design is refreshing and the sizable hollow lugs add to the wrist presence. If I could pick, I would combine the smoky blue dial of the second generation with the ceramic ring of the 3rd generation. In terms of improvements, I would take out the minute markers to have a cleaner dial. Currently all the sub-dials contain the dash markers, and when they are combined with the ones for the minute markers, the dial is a bit busy.
What are your thoughts on the code ?
p.s. The AP poison ☠️ got deeper for me 🤪