Patek Philippe cel­e­brates 40 years of the Nau­tilus with a hand­some new model.

Robb Report Singapore - - Time - By HO YUN KUAN

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.

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