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