In 2010, Patek Philippe united sporting spirit and technical sophistication in a Nautilus watch for men endowed with an annual calendar, a moon-phase display and a 24-hour indicator. This Ref. 5726A in steel on a leather strap has since been joined by others with a steel bracelet. At Baselworld 2019, the manufacture introduced a new variant that is reinterpreting that steel-bracelet version by fitting it with an elegant blue dial (the colour on the original Nautilus model of 1976). The horizontal embossing and the subtle shading from blue to black at the dial’s periphery create a powerful but refined decor that complements the sheen of the steel. The hours and minutes are indicated by applied white-gold hour markers and hands highlighted with a luminescent coating, accompanied by a slender sweep seconds hand.
This elegantly sporty exterior, water-resistant to 120 m, conceals calibre 324 S QA LU 24H/303 self-winding movement comprising 347 parts. The Annual Calendar, patented by Patek Philippe in 1996, displays the day and the month in two in-line apertures at 12 o’clock and the date in an aperture at 6 o’clock. Thanks to this ingenious mechanism, which takes account of months of 30 and 31 days, the date requires correction only once a year, on March 1st. The 24-hour indicator in the lower half of the dial simplify calendar adjustments. This subsidiary dial also houses the extremely precise moon-phase display, which requires correction by one day every 122 years. Like the case and bezel, the steel bracelet with fold-over clasp boasts a pronounced contrast between polished and satin finishes. The new Ref. 5726/1A-014 complements the version with leather strap and black gradient dial.
Updated Tuesday, July 9, 2019
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Sporty and sophisticated
Patek Philippe introduced new version of the Nautilus Annual Calendar
Montres de prestige à mouvement mécanique et quartz, montres de poche, bijouterie, pendulettes. Depuis 1839, Patek Philippe perpétue l'art horloger traditionnel genevois. Manufacture indépendante, elle jouit d'une totale autonomie créative qui lui permet de développer et fabriquer elle-même ce que tous les spécialistes s'accordent à considérer comme les meilleures montres au monde.