Green light to Patek Philippe Nautilus new and final models, in their last production year, with steel case (40 mm) and bracelet, bezel set with 32 baguette-cut diamonds (~3.6 cts), olive-green horizontally embossed dial, self-winding caliber 26-330 S C.
With new Nautilus models, Patek Philippe presents a new interpretation of casual elegance. To celebrate the opening of Watches and Wonders Geneva 2021, Patek Philippe is providing a place of honor for its legendary Nautilus collection. Following the announcement that 2021 will be the last production year of the stainless-steel model Ref. 5711/1A, Patek Philippe presents a totally new olive-green sunburst dial for this icon of casual elegance. This new dial will also be available in a version featuring a bezel set with baguette diamonds.
Launched in 1976, the Nautilus was surprising in several respects. The choice of stainless steel was totally unusual for a luxury watch. The octagonal bezel with rounded corners departed from conventional designs. Its case was inspired by a ship’s porthole. The exceptional robustness and water resistance to 120 meters was an extreme challenge then for a regularly produced watch. And the interplay of polished and satin-brushed finissage emphasized the uniqueness of the form elements. With its horizontal relief embossing on the dial and the integrated steel bracelet with external links that tapered in the direction of the clasp, the Nautilus immediately proved to be the perfect incarnation of casual elegance and became a watch with the world’s greatest degree of brand awareness.
In 2006, on the occasion of its 30th anniversary, its style was subtly reworked. Today, it is part of a collection for ladies and men with over 25 versions in stainless steel, rose gold, white gold or bicolor (steel/rose gold) as well as metal bracelets or alligator leather straps. This makes it an ideal companion for people with a decidedly active lifestyle. Apart from the models with three hands and a date, the Nautilus collection also includes five complicated timepieces which combine sports appeal with extraordinary technical finesse. The Ref. 5712 with an analog date, moon phases and a power-reserve indicator. The Ref. 5980 with a flyback chronograph and automatic winding. The Ref. 5726 with a patented Annual Calendar, 24-hour display, and moon phases. The Ref. 5990 Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph with two time zones, a flyback chronograph, and an analog date. The Ref. 5740 Nautilus with a perpetual calendar is a genuine grand complication and also the thinnest perpetual calendar in Patek Philippe’s entire collection.
In 2009, the ladies’ Nautilus models were tastefully reworked, setting themselves apart with smaller formats and refined details that add a feminine touch to casual elegance – as evidenced by the rounded hands and hour markers, bezels with smooth finishes or set with diamonds, and, since 2013, dials with relief embossing in the form of gentle undulations. Not to mention the breathtaking haute joaillerie models. As a kick-off to Watches and Wonders Geneva 2021, which Patek Philippe joins for the first time, the Nautilus collection stands out with new versions of existing models. There are several variations of a unique design that to date has lost none of its boldness and inimitable personality.
A new sunburst olive-green dial lights up the elegant sports watch icon
With its octagonal bezel featuring softened angles, its porthole-inspired case construction and its dial bearing an embossed horizontal pattern, the Nautilus has established itself since 1976 as the supreme embodiment of sporting elegance – and one of the world’s most recognizable watch designs. The flagship stainless steel Reference 5711/1A, introduced in 2006 to mark the collection’s 30th anniversary, was first offered with a blue dial surrounded by a black-gradient rim (Reference 5711/1A-001 from 2006 to 2009, Reference 5711/1A-010 from 2010), complemented from 2012 to 2019 by a silvery white dial (Reference 5711/1A-011). They were joined in 2015 by a rose gold version with a brown dial featuring a black-gradient rim (Reference 5711/1R-001). On the stainless-steel version of this legendary reference, Patek Philippe now unveils a dial in a brand-new olive-green shade that is new to the Nautilus collection and should delight lovers of this cult watch. The elegant dial color, enhanced by a fine sunburst decoration, makes a refined match with the shimmering gleam of the steel. Whether by day or night, it displays perfect legibility and contrast with the applied white gold hour markers and hands accentuated by a luminescent coating. The distinctive design of the Nautilus is highlighted by the subtle interplay of satinated and polished finishes on the bezel, case and bracelet, a hand-crafted process requiring 55 operations for each watch. Inside this case water-resistant to 120m beats self-winding caliber 26-330 S C, which has been present since 2019 on the 5711 model. Derived from caliber 324 S C, this new movement has been equipped with a number of technical innovations and optimized features, notably with regard to the winding system. It is also distinguished by its “stop seconds” function enabling the watch to be set to the nearest second. A sapphire crystal case back provides an admirable view of the refined movement design as well as its meticulous finishing reflecting Patek Philippe’s grand tradition. The new Reference 5711/1A-014 with sunburst olive-green dial replaces Reference 5711/1A-010 with a black-gradient-rimmed blue dial and is joining the Nautilus collection’s existing rose gold Reference 5711/1R-001.
An original alliance between stainless steel and baguette-cut diamonds
With the new Reference 5711/1300A-001, Patek Philippe has created an original combination of stainless steel and baguette-cut diamonds – a variety of gems generally used to adorn precious metals. The distinctive shape of the case and bezel is accentuated by a row of baguette-cut internally flawless Top Wesselton diamonds (~3.6 cts) set in accordance with the finest gem-setting traditions. In an ultimate touch of refinement and attention to detail, each baguette-cut diamond required a particular cut, slightly trapeze-shaped rather than perfectly rectangular, to fit the bezel’s octagonal design with its softened angles. The fire of the diamonds also highlights the brand-new olive-green dial introduced this year on the 5711/1A-014 reference. Enhanced by an embossed horizontal pattern that has become a signature of the Nautilus collection, it features a refined sunburst decoration. The applied hour markers and rounded baton-style hands in white gold with luminescent coating ensure perfect legibility and contrast by day and night. The stainless-steel case and integrated bracelet curve daintily around the wrist and ensure peerless wearer comfort; they are distinguished by their alternating satin and polished finishes requiring 55 manual operations for each watch. Inside this case water-resistant to 120m beats self-winding caliber 26-330 S C, which has been present since 2019 on the 5711 model. Derived from caliber 324 S C, this new movement is equipped with several technical innovations and optimized features, notably concerning the winding system. It is also distinguished by its “stop seconds” function serving to set this watch to the nearest second. A sapphire crystal case back provides an admirable view of the refined movement design and its meticulous finishing reflecting Patek Philippe’s grand tradition.
Price: USD 34,893 and 94,624