Calendars and chronographs take centre stage in Patek Philippe’s 2018 collection of novelties.
A Fine First
One of the world’s most iconic luxury sports watches, the Nautilus, just became more complicated – but without the bulk one might expect. Equipped with Patek Philippe’s ultra-thin automatic movement, Calibre 240 Q, the Nautilus Perpetual Calendar Ref. 5740/1G-001 is the first Nautilus with a perpetual calendar. Measuring 40mm diagonally across (10 to four o’clock) and with a height of just 8.42mm, this white gold watch is now the brand’s slimmest wristwatch with this complication.
For All Time
The latest addition to Patek Philippe’s perpetual calendar chronograph family, the Ref. 5270P-001, has a 41mm platinum case and a salmon hued (officially known as golden opaline) dial. It’s also the latest version of the Ref. 5270, a model first launched in 2011 and the first Patek perpetual calendar chronograph to be powered by an in-house movement, the Calibre CH 29-535 PS Q. The manually wound movement features a classic column-wheel chronograph with horizontal clutch, and has six patents.
Full Of Verve
As the younger brother of the Nautilus, the Aquanaut also gets a debut of its own this year. With its sunburst black dial and striking orange accents, the Aquanaut Chronograph Ref. 5968A-001 in steel marks the introduction of the first chronograph in this dynamic family. Measuring 42.2mm diagonally across, the automatic timepiece is delivered with two composite rubber straps, in versatile black or sporty orange.
In 1996, Patek Philippe invented the annual calendar complication – a feature that takes the regular calendar to the next level through its ability to automatically account for the differing lengths of each month (except for February). Housed in a 40mm white gold case and driven by an automatic movement, Ref. 5205G-013 displays the day, date and month in a trio of apertures at the top of a blue sunburst dial.