Patek Philippe Baselworld 2018
A look at this Year’s collection including three References that stand out.
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.