As we all know, the term ‘legend’ is bandied about far too easily and loosely, but the Patek Philippe Nautilus is as close as you can get to being a legend in the watch world. It was indeed designed by a legend, Gerald Genta, and it is said that he created the groundbreaking watch over lunch at Baselworld on a serviette while surrounded by Patek Philippe executives busy discussing other things.
When he presented the sketch to them towards the end of the meal, it went into production unchanged, and in fact has changed only very little since that lunchtime sketch was presented some 40 years ago.
This year at Baselworld, the new Nautilus 5711/1R will be a fresh iteration of the watch. Four decades after its creation, the Nautilus appears for the first time entirely in pink gold. After paving the way for luxury watches in steel, it now lends itself with the greatest of ease to a more precious guise in a version without complications.
Patek Philippe has refined the links in the metal bracelet for greater comfort and to reduce the weight, an important factor when working with gold. Complementing the warmth of the pink gold, Reference 5711/1R comes with a gradient dial in brown-black that also bears the characteristic horizontal stripes of the collection.
The three-hand automatic movement is hallmarked with the Patek Philippe Seal and has the benefit of a Spiromax® silicon balance spring. Bound to be a Baselworld must see, asking price for the watch will be in the region of €44,500. Bhanu will be visiting Patek Philippe at Baselworld and we will be expecting live pictures of this watch!
Movement: Mechanical automatic, 324SC caliber, 29 jewels, 28,000 vib/h, up to 45-hour power reserve. Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date. Case: 18k pink gold, 40 mm. Anti-reflective sapphire crystal and sapphire back. Water-resistant: to 120 meters (12 bar/395ft). Dial: Gradient brown-black with applied gold hour-markers. Bracelet/Strap: 18k pink gold with pink gold safety folding clasp.
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