THE AGELESS ICON
Patek Philippe celebrates 40 years of the Nautilus with a handsome new model.
As the Nautilus by Patek Philippe turns 40 this year, it can confidently revel in its long-held position at the top. Shedding the old stainless steel case of the original Ref 3700/1A from 1976, the new Ref 5711/1P marks this milestone anniversary by suiting up in a case of platinum and a solid 18-carat gold dial dipped in dapper navy blue. Admittedly, age has added a little girth to the Nautilus and it now measures 44mm instead of the more svelte 42mm of its younger days. Completing the new look are hour markers of white baguette-cut diamonds. Just above six o’clock, a subtle engraving reading ‘40’ and ‘1976 – 2016’ reveals the significant lineage of this timepiece, released in a limited edition of just 700 pieces worldwide.
Forty years have not slowed the Nautilus down. The Ref 5711/1P is powered by the self-winding 324 S C calibre, which gives the watch a daily deviation of just -3 to +2 seconds, an accuracy better than even the official benchmark imposed on chronometers. Through the transparent case back, the wearer can admire the heavy 21-carat gold rotor. Each timepiece is delivered in a special-edition box of brown natural cork that resembles the original Nautilus box of 1976. www.patek.com