Forward in Time
While holding fast to time-honored tradition, Patek Philippe moves forward with technical breakthroughs driven by its spirit of innovation
The grandesT nauTilus
Ever since it was launched back in 1976, the Nautilus collection has become the epitome of elegant sport watches with its rounded octagonal bezel, the porthole construction of the case and its signature horizontally-embossed dial. The Reference 5740/1G is the first grand complication in this family and features Patek Philippe’s thinnest perpetual calendar. The watch’s movement, the selfwinding Caliber 240Q is only 8.42mm thick— which is even more impressive when you consider that it includes one of the most intricate complications in the world of haute
horlogerie. Yet, it is also one that remains useful and, thereby, relevant.
Of course, the aesthetic charms of the Reference 5740/1G are no less impressive. The dial features a sunburst blue motif that was also seen on the collection’s 40th anniversary models released back in 2016. The choice of color adds an extra nautical touch. It is, after all, a Nautilus. Most importantly, however, all three sub-dials are subtly integrated into the dial without sacrificing legibility.
As the proverbial cherry on top of this grand Nautilus, Patek Philippe has also introduced an ingenious system of deflection mechanisms that allow the correctors of the perpetual calendar to be positioned in a way that optimally matches the design of the case. Some of that ingenuity also extends to the bracelet and its new Nautilus fold-over clasp that make opening and closing a breeze.
Patek Phillipe nautilus Perpetual calendar ref. 5740/1g