Nau­tilus: Fab at 40!

Patek Philippe re­leases an an­niver­sary watch to mark four decades of its iconic Nau­tilus. We give you 10 good rea­sons why this lim­ited edi­tion piece should be part of your col­lec­tion

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1 go for gold The nau­tilus Chrono­graph Ref. 5976/1G 40th An­niver­sary Lim­ited Edi­tion has an au­to­matic move­ment with a 21-karat gold ro­tor

2 Wor­thy Suc­ces­sor Its pre­de­ces­sor, the Ref. 5980, was the first chrono­graph in the nau­tilus line. It was re­leased in 2006 to mark the model’s 30th an­niver­sary

3 Big­ger and Bet­ter The case is 30mm in di­am­e­ter—3.6mm wider than the Ref. 5980. It’s also more ro­bust and eas­ier to read with a big­ger date window, hour and minute coun­ters

4 out of the Box It comes in a box made from brown cork—an ex­act replica of the one the first nau­tilus came in when it was re­leased in 1976

5 Power Play Its im­pres­sive power re­serve of up to 55 hours, or more than two days, is guar­an­teed

6 elite club The Ref. 5976/1G is crafted en­tirely in white gold and Patek Philippe will pro­duce just 1,300 of them

7 the hours Hours are rep­re­sented by 0.30 carats of flaw­less Top Wes­sel­ton baguette and princess­cut di­a­monds

8 all-in-one It’s packed with fea­tures, in­clud­ing a fly­back func­tion, in­stan­ta­neous date change with a switch­ing cy­cle of one-tenth of a sec­ond, and the watch­maker’s Gy­ro­max bal­ance wheel

9 crys­tal clear It has a sap­phire crys­tal case back re­veal­ing the move­ment’s elab­o­rate de­tails such as pol­ished bores and gold-filled en­grav­ings with blued screws and ruby-red jewel bear­ings 10 Per­fect Fin­ish Ver­ti­cal satin fin­ish­ing on the bezel, high pol­ish­ing on cham­fers and al­ter­nat­ing matte/ mir­ror pol­ish­ing on the bracelet links

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