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Something Old, Something New: Audemars Piguet at SIHH 2019


Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Perpetual Calendar

It was a momentous start to the year for Audemars Piguet at SIHH 2019.  From new Royal Oak releases, to the buzzed-about release of the controversial Code 11.59 collection, the watch house is pushing its boundaries with both much-awaited pieces from iconic watch families and fresh new lines alike.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-Winding Chronograph 38mm

Self-Winding Chronograph

Smaller wrists, rejoice: The Royal Oak Chronograph now comes in 38mm. And this one stays true to the nautical, industrial vibe of the line, forgoing the usual glitz that accompanies smaller AP pieces. We’re partial to this particular stainless steel model that has a silver, Grande Tapisserie dial with blue subdials.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Openworked

Royal Oak Frosted Gold Double Balance Wheel Openworked

They say the rainbow always comes after the rain, but in Audemar Piguet’s case, it comes with the snow. The rainbow is in the form of 32 baguette-cut sapphires on the bezel, and the snow in the 18-carat frosted gold case and bracelet. Together they frame the rhodium-toned, openworked dial and double balance wheel mechanism, making for a marvelous watch you’ll want to look at alllll day.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph

Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph

We love when AP plays with aesthetics, which they do quite frequently with the Offshore. The newest addition to the range, which comes in three different camouflage color schemes—blue, green, and brown— is another surprising, on-trend, youthful release. We love this 18-carat pink gold model with a brand new brown ceramic bezel, a first for the manufacture.

Audemars Piguet Haute Joaillerie Sapphire Orbe

Haute Joaillerie Sapphire Orbe

Haute Joaillerie gains another stunning piece in the shape of the Sapphire Orbe. Instead of the hard edges that the Diamond trilogy gave us, this model is all about winding curves, fashioned after the river in Le Brassus, home of Audemars Piguet. This piece houses ring after ring of blue & orange sapphires and diamonds, all encircling the blue sapphire-set sphere in the middle that can be turned to see the domed, orange sapphire-encrusted dial. Given the amount of work (1,050 hours), sapphires (6,034), and diamonds (6,069) that were put into it, it’s no surprise this high jewelry watch is limited to one piece.

Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Perpetual Calendar

Code 11.59 Perpetual Calendar

Perhaps the most polarizing collection at this year’s SIHH was the Code 11.59. No matter what you think about the collection, we think that the perpetual calendar model stands out—and for good reason. Its aventurine dial and subdials resemble a starry sky, with a pink gold case enhancing the deep, flecked blue. Like the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, this houses a calibre 5134 movement. Love it or hate it, we think we should give the collection time to mature; after all, not everyone loved the Royal Oak when it first came out. As for us, we’re firmly on Team Love It.

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