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The Aqua­naut col­lec­tion is “young, mod­ern and un­ex­pected,” while also be­ing un­mis­tak­ably Patek Philippe. This youth­ful and dy­namic char­ac­ter was fur­ther en­hanced this year as the col­lec­tion wel­comed its very first chrono­graph—a self-wind­ing fly­back chrono­graph, no less—in the brand new Ref­er­ence 5968A.

Much like how the Ref­er­ence 5740/1G Nautilus does it, the Ref­er­ence 5968A pro­vides an ex­em­plary case on har­mo­niously in­te­grat­ing new func­tion­al­ity with an iconic de­sign. The 60-minute counter, for one, echoes the con­tours of the slightly rounded oc­tag­o­nal bezel. The broad chrono­graph push­ers, mean­while, are placed at the 2 and 4 o’clock po­si­tions, in a way that helps pre­serve the Aqua­naut’s stream­lined sil­hou­ette.

This watch also marks the in­tro­duc­tion of a new color, orange, which pro­vides ex­cel­lent con­trast against the black dial. In par­tic­u­lar, the large chrono­graph hand, quar­ter-se­cond di­vi­sions of the pe­riph­eral rail­way track minute scale and the 60-minute counter—all of which are dis­played in orange—stand out against the dark dial and its sig­na­ture em­bossed pat­tern. This chro­matic scheme ex­tends to the strap op­tions, with an ex­cit­ing and sporty orange vari­ant made avail­able along­side the more tra­di­tional black. Both, per usual for the Aqua­naut-ex­clu­sive Trop­i­cal straps, are made of an ul­tra­resis­tant com­pos­ite ma­te­rial that is highly im­per­vi­ous to wear, salt wa­ter and ex­po­sure to UV ra­di­a­tion.

Patek Phillipe aqua­naut chrono­graph ref. 5968a

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