Of His and Hers
Diving Into New Editions Of Patek Philippe’s Aquanaut
The very embodiment of modern Patek Philippe style and sporty performance, the Aquanaut created a sensation upon its unveiling in 1997. The Nautilus inspired case and the rounded octagonal bezel stand out by their recognisable shapes and alternation of polished and satin-brushed finishes. The dial and strap in matching colors, embellished with an embossed checkerboard pattern, lend an original, dynamic touch. Now new editions of the Aquanaut have arrived for both him and her.
Three years after the original Aquanaut Chronograph comes the first white-gold version with either of two colourways for the dial and matching strap: an elegant midnight blue shading to black on the dial or an audacious khaki green. Of aesthetic note is the harmonious integration of the chronograph into the Aquanaut design. The 60-minute counter at 6 o’clock echoes the bezel’s rounded octagonal shape. Legibility is ensured by white-gold applied numerals and large white-gold baton-style hands with a luminescent coating. Equipped with a selfwinding flyback chronograph movement, the centre chronograph hand also functions as a permanent seconds hand and the flyback function allows for the timing of a new event while the chronograph is still running. The handsome 42.2 mm case is water-resistant to 120 m. The integrated strap made of an ultra-resistant composite material is fitted with a patented fold-over clasp secured by four independent catches.
Aquanaut Luce Travel Time
Renowned for its sporty casual chic, The Aquanaut Luce receives fresh allure with an enlarged diameter of 38.8 mm and an integrated strap whose contours continue the visual harmony of the design. It is now also the perfect travel companion for today’s cosmopolitan woman with the added display of a second time zone. Inspired by the ingenious dual-time-zone mechanism of the men’s Aquanaut Travel Time, the manufacture incorporated two innovations in keeping with elegance and finesse: a new quartz movement with a dual-timezone function, and a discreet, practical setting system via the winding crown. The new Aquanaut Luce Travel Time has two central hour hands, skeletonised and solid for dual time zones, with a useful day/night indicator at 6 o’clock. When a second time zone is no longer needed, the two hour hands can be superposed to become a single hand, offering two watches in one: a casually elegant model for all occasions, transformable in an instant into a dual-time-zone watch for the traveller. The rose-gold case with a non-screw-down crown is water-resistant to 60 m. Its contrasting polished and satin-brushed finishes complement a matt-white dial and a matching strap. Extra sparkle comes by way of a bezel set with 48 Top Wesselton Pure diamonds.