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Standout timepieces for 2019

Our editor's top pick of watches this year.

  • Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Minute Repeater

    Audemars Piguet | Code 11.59 Minute Repeater Supersonnerie

    Movement

    Manually wound in-house movement with 72-hour power reserve

    Case

    41mm in white gold

    Price

    295,000 Swiss francs (S$408,000)

    A New Era:

    Typically, the ever-popular round watch is a staple for a big watch brand. Audemars Piguet has been an exception – until now. The Le Brassus manufacture, of course, is best known for its much-loved octagonal-bezelled Royal Oak. This year, the brand created plenty of buzz with an all-new round watch family, Code 11.59, launching with 13 references including top-of-the-line models like the Minute Repeater Supersonnerie.

    In The Details:

    I like the collection’s attention to detail and the way AP designers have integrated codes from the Royal Oak. Featuring the brand’s signature mix of brushed, polished and bevelled surfaces, the multi-part round case integrates an octagonal case body. The open-worked lugs have been welded to the bezel, adding a sporty, modern feel. Also a plus is the gradated lacquer finish on the higher-end pieces such as the Minute Repeater Supersonnerie.

    Sound Up:

    This watch is powered by the manually wound Calibre 2953, based on Audemars Piguet’s Supersonnerie chiming movement where the gongs are mounted on a device functioning as a soundboard. Activated by a slider on the left side of the case, the resultant chiming is noticeably louder than other minute repeaters, while remaining pretty mellifluous.

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