Patek Philippe Basel­world 2018

A look at this Year’s col­lec­tion in­clud­ing three Ref­er­ences that stand out.

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As the horo­log­i­cal world de­scends upon Basel, no sin­gle brand’s re­leases will be un­der the mi­cro­scope as acutely as Patek Philippe’s. The fer­vour of their fans and col­lec­tors is im­mense while the rest of the in­dus­try will look to­wards the brand for their mar­ket lead­er­ship and direc­tion.

The at­ten­tion that the mai­son re­ceives is well de­served, and for 2018, Patek Philippe did not dis­ap­point. A slew of new mod­els were re­leased from an en­try-level (if any­thing from Patek can ever be con­sid­ered en­try-level) steel sports model, an ex­ten­sion to an iconic model, to ab­so­lutely high com­pli­ca­tion world time minute re­peaters.

Lets take a look at some of Patek Philippe’s high­lights from Basel­world 2018.

Slated as the star re­lease by Patek Philippe, the Ref. 5531 is the first minute re­peater in the world that al­ways strikes on lo­cal time, un­like other watches of this kind that only strike the home time even when the owner is in an­other part of the world.

To af­fect this of­fer­ing, Patek Philippe had to com­bine two com­pli­ca­tions; the minute re­peater and the World Time dis­play. The merg­ing of these two func­tions in­tro­duce a trail­blaz­ing in­no­va­tion yet un­seen.

To en­gi­neer this ground­break­ing global de­but, Patek Philippe de­vel­oped the new cal­iber R 27 HU move­ment in­cor­po­rat­ing the minute re­peater func­tion and fea­tur­ing a com­pletely re­cessed mini ro­tor in 22K gold.

The move­ment sits within a 42mm rose gold case with hand-guil­loched hob­nail-pat­terned dec­o­ra­tions and skele­tonised lugs. With this watch, Patek has also, for the first time, at­tached the foot of the re­peater’s gongs to the case­band, rather than the main plate.

No tiny de­tail or ef­fort is ever spared at Patek to im­prove their watches, even if just for the tone of the strikes.

Then comes the Nau­tilus. Apart from it al­ready be­ing a mas­sive icon in its own right, and al­most im­pos­si­ble to ob­tain due to the mas­sive de­mand caus­ing years-long wait­ing lists, the Nau­tilus is down­right beau­ti­ful with near per­fect pro­por­tions and bal­ance.

For 2018, the Nau­tilus gets a mas­sive boost to the col­lec­tion with the ad­di­tion of the first ever, Grand Com­pli­ca­tion Nau­tilus. The 5740 is a 40mm solid white gold Nau­tilus with, now for the first time, a per­pet­ual cal­en­dar.

The watch is in­stantly recog­nis­able with the iconic case de­sign, hor­i­zon­tal ribs on the blue dial, ba­ton hands and clas­sic Patek Philippe fin­ish on the case and bracelet. How­ever, the dial now also car­ries three ex­tra sub di­als for the dis­play of the per­pet­ual cal­en­dar, which also in­cludes a moon­phase.

Un­der the hood is the le­gendary cal­iber 240 Q ul­tra­thin self-wind­ing me­chan­i­cal move­ment that pow­ers the per­pet­ual cal­en­dar func­tions and is a her­alded main­stay for Patek Philippe’s per­pet­ual cal­en­dar watches.

Rest as­sured how­ever, that it is in a highly re­li­able move­ment with its roots trac­ing back to 1977. With very few things in the world that one can be cer­tain of, re­gard­less of the price, this will be ul­tra hot in de­mand.

While the Nau­tilus has tra­di­tion­ally gained mas­sive amounts of at­ten­tion and ado­ra­tion from the mar­ket, the Aqua­naut has qui­etly been grow­ing its own le­gion of fans and col­lec­tors.

Also a ma­rine themed lux­ury sports watch, the Aqua­naut is a lit­tle more ca­sual, and with this new model, a lit­tle less re­strained with the in­clu­sion of bright col­ors. At a more ac­ces­si­ble price com­pared to the Nau­tilus, the Aqua­naut range is a com­pelling op­tion to any­one look­ing at the en­tire world of Patek Philippe.

The first chrono­graph in the Aqua­naut col­lec­tion, Patek Philippe has en­dowed this watch with a self­wind­ing fly­back chrono­graph move­ment that per­fectly matches with the char­ac­ter of this youth­ful and dy­namic time­piece.

The black dial is em­bossed with a unique and eye catch­ing orange sweep sec­onds hand. A sub­dial at six o’clock also sports the same orange ac­cents for the tim­ing tracks.

The watch is orig­i­nally fit­ted with a black strap made out of a com­pos­ite rub­ber that Patek Philippe refers to as ‘Trop­i­cal’. Should you wish, it can also be fit­ted with a bright orange Trop­i­cal strap that matches per­fectly with the orange in the dial.

The splash of colour brings about an air of ca­sual cool, whilst re­tain­ing the de­served luxe of wear­ing a Patek Philippe.

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