PATEK PHILIPPE

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ICON: NAU­TILUS

Any dis­cus­sion of lux­ury watches would in­clude the name of Patek Philippe. This Swiss watch­maker would also come up in dis­cus­sions on sporty lux­ury watches, thanks to its fa­mous Nau­tilus, which it in­tro­duced in 1976.

Be­fore the steel Nau­tilus Ref. 3700/1 was cre­ated, lux­ury watches were usu­ally gold dress time­pieces with or with­out com­pli­ca­tions. They were never very sporty, and never made in stain­less steel.

But then the leg­endary de­signer, Ger­ald Genta, cre­ated a watch – nick­named “Jumbo” for its large 42.8 x 41.8mm size – that took its in­spi­ra­tion from a ship’s port­hole. The Nau­tilus went on to be­come a col­lec­tor’s item and one of the world’s mostst de­sired watches at auc­tions.

TThe re­designed Nau­tilus col­lec­tion, re­leased 40 years af­ter the orig­i­nal, is equally el­e­gant, in ver­sions that come with ad­di­tion­al­add com­pli­ca­tions.

The stain­less steel model re­mains the gold stan­dard. Named Ref. 5711/1A, it is a wor­thy suc­ces­sor to the Jumbo, with a sil­very-white dial, and gold and lu­mi­nes­cent ap­plied hour mark­ers.

Within the case lies the watch­maker’s self-wind­ing move­ment, Cal­i­bre 324 SC – which you can glimpse from ththe open sap­phire-crys­tal case back – with a cen­tre sweep sec­ond han­hand and a power re­serve of 45 hours.

Clearly, the spirit of the Nau­tilus has been well-pre­served.

STEL­LAR DE­SIGNS AND AN INIM­ITABLE HIS­TORY LIE BE­HIND TWO OF

PATEK PHILIPPE’S BEST-KNOWN WATCHES.

BREAK­THROUGH: LADIES FIRST CHRONO­GRAPH

The same spirit of orig­i­nal­ity that cre­ated the Nau­tilus can be seen in Patek Philippe’s Ladies First Chrono­graph, its fi rst- ever chrono­graph ono­graph timepiece for women. The watch has the hon­our of be­ing thehe first to use Patek Philippe’s in-house chrono­graph move­ment – the CH 29-535 PS, which is self-wind­ing, has 269 parts, and took ook five years to de­velop.

The move­ment is based on the clas­sic col­umn-wheel con­trol ntrol and geared clutch sys­tem, but also has six patented in­no­va­tions, tions, like a new minute- counter cam to re­move the risk of hand jumping, and re­set ham­mers that use a self-set­ting sys­tem for bet­ter re­li­a­bil­ity.

Yet, while it’s a tech­ni­cal mas­ter­piece, this watch is no plain Jane.

Draw­inDraw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the brand’s 1930s Art Deco time­piece­time­pieces, its cush­ion-shaped case is beau­ti­fully curved and refi ned. The dial is el­e­gance at its best, with two asym­met­ric sub-sub­di­als for the small sec­onds and 30-minute counter, while thethe svelte hour and minute hands and Ro­man nu­mer­als mamake it a cinch to read.

So­phis­ti­cated touches – like the warmth of 18K rose gol­gold, 136 full- cut di­a­monds cir­cling the dial and hand­stitched­stitc al­li­ga­tor straps – ex­ude fem­i­nin­ity.

WithW the Patek Philippe seal of ex­cel­lence cov­er­ing the case, di­a­dial, strap and pre­cious stones, this is a beauty that won’t fade. fad

Nau­tilus Ref 5711/1A stain­less steel case, steel

bracelet with Nau­tilus fold- over clasp and wa­ter

re­sis­tance up to 120m

Ladies First Chrono­graph Ref. 7071R 18K rose gold case with opa­line dial, hand- stitched al­li­ga­tor strap and col­umn- wheel chrono­graph move­ment

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