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AN OCEAN WAVE CALLED NAUTILUS

1976 marked a turning point in Patek Philippe’s history when it unveiled a now iconic watch. 40 years later and the Genevan brand is launching a new limited edition in keeping with the original Nautilus style to celebrate four decades of success.

Philippe Stern, the son of owner Patek Philippe Henri Stern (1911-2002) and member of the management department at the time, designed a piece inspired by his passion for sailing in collaboration with the famous watch designer Gérald Genta in 1976 (1931-2011). The name Nautilus comes from the sea mollusc living in a shimmering coffee striped shell and the avant-garde submarine dreamt up by Jules Verne (1828-1905) in 1869 in Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea. The steel watch makes quite a statement (lateral structures left and right of the case reminiscent of a porthole’s casing and a dial striped like a sailor’s top) enabling Patek Philippe to dive into the sports watch sector. The Nautilus has come in a wide array of versions since launching and was redesigned in 2006 for its 30th anniversary.

patek philippe nautilus 5711 40th anniversary zoom

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Patek Philippe has brought out a new limited edition timepiece in tribute to its big brother: Nautilus reference 5711/1P. Unlike the original whose 42mm (a large diameter at the time) steel case was in two parts, the Nautilus reference 5711/1P has a 950 platinum 44mm case in three parts. It houses the self-winding in-house 324 S C calibre fuelling the time and date functions and the 35-45 hour power reserve.

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Wide embossed horizontal stripes in a sumptuous sea blue wash over the PVD-coated yellow gold dial. Twelve white gold markers paved with baguette-cut diamonds form the hour rim with two white gold baton-shape hands highlighted by a luminescent dash. A rhodium-plated bronze central seconds hand tracks the seconds whilst a black-on-white date lies in a silver bevelled display at 3.

The limited edition Nautilus reference 5711/1P (700 available) bears the figures “40” and “1976-2016” (at 6) on the dial.

Price on request patek.com

By Sharmila Bertin

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