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Cel­e­brat­ing Gérald Genta’s cre­ation for Patek Philippe

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A cel­e­bra­tion of the Patek Philippe Nau­tilus

At the height of the stain­less steel lux­ury time­piece trend, Gérald Genta de­signed a watch that went on to rede­fine Patek Philippe’s role in the in­dus­try. In an in­ter­view that Genta gave be­fore his pass­ing, he de­scribed how he be­gan to sketch a watch in a restau­rant af­ter some peo­ple who work ed at Patek Philippe walked in. He drew a case shape on a piece of paper and handed it to them. The rest, as they say, was his­tory. Af­ter pro­duc­ing that said watch in 1976, Patek Philippe in­tro­duced sev­eral com­pli­ca­tions but took care to re­main faith­ful to the orig­i­nal. It’s a watch that many a man has come to love and covet, my­self in­cluded. We wait with bated breath to see how the brand will celebrate the Nau­tilus this year.

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