We just finished dinner in Geneva, where Patek Philippe 6002g sky moon replica watches showed its latest and greatest (seriously, it is a fresh take on Patek’s most complicated wristwatch ever). Tonight, in the salon over Patek 6002g prix imitation watch‘s downtown Geneva boutique, we have been shown the Sky Moon Tourbillon Reference 6002. Though the technical differences between this Sky Moon along with the original (mention 5002) aren’t extensive, they’re there, and in which this new mention shines is in its case and dial work.

Let’s first cover the technical advantages of this 5002 and the newest 6002 Sky Moon tourbillon to determine where they differ. Both features 13 complications along with two dials. They all possess a minute repeater using two palace gongs and a tourbillon; around front dial, they both indicate standard time and feature a perpetual calendar with a retrograde date and a moonphase display. The rear dials set the stage for astronomical purposes: they reveal the northern sky, sidereal time, along with also the angular progression and phases of the moon.

But, the 6002, unlike the 5002, suggests the moon phases instead of the moon age, also features apertures instead of hands for the day of the week, month, and leap year exhibits.

But the largest differences are physical. 6002″a sculpture to the wrist.” Here’s why:

“The event of the Ref. 6002 is a superb oeuvre carved from the huge white-gold blank entirely by hand. The brassy ornaments, arabesque garlands, and softly curved elements of the Calatrava cross are produced with chip removal techniques using sharp burins which doesn’t only incise the metal but actually”elevator” the ornaments out of the gold surface. An involuntary movement or a brief moment of distraction would ruin the case and it would need to become re-melted. But the engraver not only molds the gold in bas-relief but also applies the chisel to sculpt life into the tiny surfaces involving the three-dimensional structures. Thus, more than one hundred hours of work are spent until the engraving alone fulfills the acceptance of the master artisan and Patek Philippe 6002g-010 grand complications replica watches‘ President Thierry Stern. With the same precision and artistry, the engraver uses relief techniques to decorate the second – repeater slide in the instance flank, both crowns, and the white-gold grip that locks the ring. The ornaments of the two crowns are as informative as they are decorative: The dynamometric winding crown at 4 o’clock reveals an arrow at relief to indicate that the direction of rotation, while the stars and moon in relief onto the crown at 2 o’clock reveal that it is meant to adjust sidereal time and the celestial acts on the rear dial.”

Conversely, the centre of the dial is decorated with so-called cloisonné enamel. This technique entails shaping the contours of the blossoms and leaves using nice, flattened gold wire that has to be affixed to the dial. The end result of countless hours of painstaking work is a number of separate cells (cloisons) which are then full of enamel of different colors of blue. Again, the next step is shooting and simmer for eternity in an oven at about 850° Celsius.

While most contours in the shape of silvery relief structures are inserted in blue tooth, the hour numerals are gold appliques. Other dial elements such as the numerals as well as the mark of this retrograde calendar scale, the PATEK PHILIPPE GENEVE and TOURBILLON inscriptions, the motion number and the delicately pointed stars are painted brightly grey.

Sounds complicated, huh? It’s, and that is the reason why we allow Patek explain it to you themselves above. Like the 5002, this Sky Moon includes a caliber with 686 parts at just 12.6mm thick – impressive for the degree of sophistication. There is not any word on pricing officially, but the last known price of a Sky Moon was around $1.2 million, so assume the 6002G will probably be marginally greater.

What is easy to forget about Patek Philippe 5950/1a replica watch is that now, they offer the broadest and most remarkable range of high-end calibers in the world. The depth of their research and production capabilities is downright extraordinary. This allows them to produce not just self-winding chronographs like everything you will see in the 5960 and 5980/5990, in addition to the in-house manually wound chrono located in the 5170, but also a few really impressive, ultra luxurious chronograph calibers that you rarely see in the actual world. 1 such example is mono-pusher split-seconds you visit here in the unbelievable 5950A.

The 5950A was launched at BaselWorld 2010, and it employs the incredible quality CHR 27-525PS, that was first seen in 2005 in the 5959P, and has been, and still is, the thinnest column-wheel chronograph caliber ever made. In fact, this movement was Patek’s first in-house chronograph movement, coming before even the self-winding movement found from the 5960, or first on screen manually wound movement located from the 5170 (which was really first found in the 7071R — a ladies chronograph). The CHR 27-525PS (PS is for petite seconds) is only 5.25 mm thick, and includes a plethora of impressive technical characteristics that allow for incredibly easy and dependable operation (if you want to read about them in detail, please see ).

Surrounding the grade on the caseback is a satin-finished ring frame with golden engravings at the corner, which match the dial function on the front, all done in black lacquer. The dial is silver opaline, features black oxidized Breguet numerals in 18k white gold. The case about the 5950A is stainless steel, as a tribute to a number of the most iconic and precious Patek Philippe reference 5950 replica watches of the past.

The 5950A is not a watch you’re very likely to see in any retailer’s window. A little handful are made annually, and they’re”program” pieces. The retail cost of the 5950A is 441,600 CHF, which might sound like a lot until you realize that they exchange in over $400,000 at auction, also. Additionally, with all Patek grand complications, the cost isn’t finalized until the watch is really delivered in the USA.

The 5950A is one of those pieces that few watch lovers are aware of, and much less can see in real life but make Patek that they are — that the king of high-end complications.

Gold is thought of as the colour of wealth, ability, and utmost luxury. The hue is often associated with lavish lifestyles of the strangely wealthy, while it’s painted on a ring, sewn on a dress, or perhaps plated over a toilet bowl. Gold is such a powerful and enigmatic hue that innumerable luxury brands have made use of it and incorporated it into their most recent products. For the 40th anniversary of their famous Nautilus version, Patek Philippe 7010/1g-001 replica watches painted their famous timepiece to gold, bringing forth a fantastic tribute collection.

Patek Philippine introduced their 40th-anniversary Nautilus tribute collection back in 2016 during the famous watch honest, Baselworld. The new line, particularly its 7010/1R-011 version, was a standout among other aggressive timepieces that also debuted at the stated event. The gilded timepiece prices $42,370, enough to cover all the luxurious gold it features.

Experts
The Nautilus 7010/1R-011 model is about gold! 18 karats of handsome rose gold make this up one-of-a-kind luxurious timepiece which shimmers all throughout. The watch also has the version’s famous round octagonal shape that made a huge mark in the realm of haute horology over four decades ago. Sleek and simple, the timepieces were perfectly reinvented as gold watches to appeal to rich contemporary tastes. An additional plus is that the 46 finely-cut diamonds that sparkle on the watch’s bezel–a great crowning glory for a classic.

Disadvantages
The phrase”too much” has a negative connotation, even if talking about gold. The watch risks making the proprietor appear tacky and unrefined, and it might possibly even tarnish in some unwanted occasions. It was beautiful when the case and bracelet strap were gilded, but with the hands and numerals on the dial gold-plated also makes it a bit of an overkill.

Patek Philippe and the perpetual calendar are not any strangers. Both of these are unquestionably among the classical watches — we are talking about Patek Philippe perpetual calendar 5940g replica watches , a brand where tradition is not a motto anymore but a lifestyle. But they include something unusual, a little’controlled eccentricity’. However, in the flesh, in addition, it has this little extra we love here at Monochrome-Watches.

The Patek Philippe 5940g is not exactly a new opinion, as a yellow gold edition premiered in 2012. For the 2014 edition of this Basel watch fair, Patek brought an 18k white gold edition. Briefly, what hides behind the reference 5940? An ultra-thin, cushion-shaped, self-winding endless calendar timepiece; at a word, the essence of what a Patek Philippe patek philippe 5940 rose gold replica watch is.

First — and this is where the modest added lies — it is a cushion-shaped watch. Whereas the majority of the watches are round, the Patek Philippe patek philippe grand complication 5940 fake watches 5940g comes with a hybrid case, not round, not square… It is inspired by the 1920s design that Patek has ever loved to use in their classical watches. It measures 37mm x 44.6mm. Don’t be fooled by the latter figure, since it represents the dimension from drag. On the wrist, it’s perfectly sized, acceptable with a suit and tie — but not always requiring them. It offers enough presence in order to not be considered obsolete nor too dressy. The dial has a very nice silvery-white color with applied Breguet numerals in 18k white gold, once more a classic signature for Patek. And talking of the indexes, have a look at the accuracy and beauty of these details in the close-up below.

The Patek Philippe 5940g is equipped with the famed Calibre 240 Q, the perpetual calendar edition of the micro-rotor movement introduced in 1977. Of course, Patek has updated it (using the Gyromax balance wheel, by way of instance ). And contemplating the beauty of the design, we will not blame them for keeping this movement. It’s adorned with Geneva stripes, so it includes perlage on the main plate, hand-polished and -bevelled angles for the bridges, and of course it is stamped with the Patek Philippe ref 5940g replica watch Seal. This self-winding motion boasts 48 hours of power reserve and beats at 3hz. It measures just 3.88millimeters in height.

On the wrist, the Patek Philippe patek philippe 5940g-010 clone watches 5940g Perpetual Calendar brings a very classical feeling and a fantastic degree of comfort, because of its reasonable size and its slim down. The old-fashioned charm that we mentioned previously is, instead of any type of a flaw, in fact most certainly the principal strength of the brilliant timepiece. It is soft, clean and contains something different, which makes it stand out from the audience. Where the round variant of the Perpetual Calendar — the most iconic mention 5140 — can be considered overly severe, this one breaks off from seriousness without forgetting the brand’s traditions. 1 single sorrow concerning the 18k white gold edition is its own cold colour scheme. The yellow gold is certainly more pleasant, without losing its discreteness. However, this is clearly a matter of subjective preferences.

Fast Take
The first version of the Patek Philippe 5513R World Time Minute Repeater was the first watch of its kind: a second repeater capable of chiming the localperiod, in any of the 24 reference time zones. The watch was originally introduced at Patek Philippe 5531r prix replica watches‘ Art Of Watches Grand Exhibition at New York, in 2017, as a particular edition. There were exactly ten of those watches made — five of each of the two grand feu enamel dial remedies, which revealed the Manhattan skyline by day and by night. The 5513R is now part of the regular series at Patek, with a grand feu enamel dial revealing that the Lavaux vineyard terraces on the beaches of Lake Geneva (lovers of this pioneering American food writer M.F.K. Fischer will recall that she and her second husband had a home in the region, at the village of Chexbres, near Montreux). The vineyards are a UNESCO world heritage site.

Initial Thoughts
The 5513R is a watch which seems designed to silence doubters who state Patek Philippe 5531r preis replica watches‘ best years are behind it. Just to refresh our memories, there have been watches that unite the entire world time complication with a minute repeater previously, but such watches have not had the striking works coordinated with all the entire world time complication — meaning that the repeater would just hit home time, rather than local time.

At a traditional repeater, the hour (a camera with 12 measures that controls the amount of hours struck) isn’t driven directly by the motion works that drive the hands, but instead, by a 12 pointed star wheel that’s innovative one tooth per hour by the second snail (that is driven right by the motion works). This implies, however, in a world time see a repeater, you can not change the position of the hour to signify a change in time zone. The 5513R gets around that with the hour driven by the time zone wheel of the world time complication.

There are other innovations in the motion too — for instance, the striking works are set up so you hear the time that the watch shows in the ending of this strike, not when it starts. By way of example, if you initiate the repeater at 5:59:50, you’ll hear the watch strike 6:00, which is the time that it will be if striking is completed. Additionally, there are safety mechanisms to prevent accidental damage to the mechanics; for instance, while the striking train is triggered, it’s impossible to correct local time.

The gold case has openworked lugs, and it’s also the first Patek Philippe 5531r-001 world time minute repeater clone watch repeater which has the foot of the gongs attached to the caseband, rather than the movement, which ought to give a greater tone. We are looking very much forward to watching this one, also hearing it as well.

This year was the year of steel for Patek Philippe. Together with the massive surprise of this posh Annual Calendar Chronograph 5960/1, we have presented you with in a comprehensive hands-on informative article on the new Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph ref. 5990/1A, a complex edition of this Gerald Genta constructed icon. In addition to this tendency toward steel (which itself was an answer to several collectors’ requests) we should not forget that Patek’s specialities are dress and complex watches.

The Patek Philippe replica watches 5496P is not properly a new watch, as it had been presented at Baselworld 2011 with a white dial. Likewise, the movement and its quite unusual design is not specific to this reference, as the calibre 324 S QR was powering the 5159. It came with an officer case (meaning directly lugs with screws on both sides along with a hinged dust cover on the rear side), a guilloché dial with big Roman numbers and unusual hands. In 2011, the first variant of this 5496P was the soft and sober (possibly too sober) declination of the layout, using its Calatrava situation and pure dial layout. For 2014, Patek Philippe grand complications 5496p-014 replica watches brings back — with all the reserve we’ve come to anticipate from this new — a little eccentricity, a hot and pleasant colour dubbed’honey brown’.

The design itself can be considered a departure for a Patek Philippe, as we’re used to viewing Perpetual Calendars with 3 sub-dials (e.g., the iconic reference 5140). Don’t forget that we’re referring to a brand built around customs and classicism. What might constitute a total lack of creativity in another, younger brand needs to be taken within the context of a few of the very conservative — and profoundly respected — generates. Patek Philippe patek philippe 5496p replica watches review do not produce MB&Fs of Urwerks. They’re elegantly and soberly producing elegant and contemporary watches. So, in a sense, this layout is really less conservative than we have come to expect out of this revered brand.

At the lower part of the dial stays the moon-phase index, represented with a blue disc and silver printings for the stars and moon. The endless calendar’s information is displayed in 3 apertures: day at 9per month in 3 and jump year in 12. The date is indicated by a retrograde hand which moves backward to its original position between 4 and 7. Time is displayed by’dauphine’ palms in the centre of the dial.

When the very first Patek Philippe 5496P was released with its white dial, it was certainly a tasteful watch but seemed to have, possibly, a lack of temerity, a particular starkness. The new colour creates a warmer feeling without breaking the classical codes of the brand. The’honey brown’ dial is really less standard but it’s a great deal of charm. Playing with the light due to a sun-ray pattern — it extends out of a soft caramel tone to gilded reflections in the sun. No ostentation here, only an added dose of restrained creativity.

In the sapphire caseback (that is synonymous with a complete back) we can observe the motion and its pleasant design and pleasant finish. From these quite barbarous codes, we could deduce that it owns a sweep central second (hint: the S), a perpetual calendar (hint: the Q to get quantième — calendar in French) and a retrograde hand (hint: the R). The base motion, the Calibre 324, has a self winding mechanism with a fundamental rotorthat boasts 45 hours of power book and comes with the standard, but efficient, Gyromax balance wheel — a free sprung balance wheel manufactured by Patek Philippe nautilus 5496p-014 clone that retains an excellent chronometric pace. The endless calendar is a module inserted on top of the bottom movement. The total height of this’motor’ is, however, very fair at only 5.35mm.

The finish is of course based on everything you can always expect from Patek Philippe yupoo 5496p-014 fake watch : hand polished bevelled angles, Geneva Stripes on the bridges and circular graining on the main plate, glistening head screws and many gold chatons round the rubies. The strand from solid yellow gold is also very well completed, with curved Geneva Stripes plus a nice engraving. A high level of detail, as guaranteed by the Patek Philippe Seal (a sort of improved and in-house Geneva Seal).

The Patek Philippe 5496P-014 is a really elegant and classical watch for sure, but with a very small bit of eccentricity — due to its design and its own dial’s color — which we really love here in Monochrome-Watches. Far from being showy or unwearable, it is a warm and elegant watch that’s just complex enough to fulfill the image we all have of Patek Philippe.

The Patek Philippe 5372 split-seconds chronograph and endless calendar, presented in 2017, follows from the 2015 Patek Philippe 5372 prezzo replica watches,  a split-seconds chronograph with two traditional chronograph pushers. Like that model, the 5372 includes a round platinum case. The dial is totally different, with easy Arabic numerals applied onto a gold dial with blue sunburst design. Patek Philippe haven’t specified the thickness but it looks to be about 13.3 mm. Water resistance is 3 atm. Patek Philippe 5372p prix replica watches‘ movement designers reduced the depth of this module, introducing certain technical innovations, two of which have patents pending.

Clarity and symmetry
Like the 5370, the 5372 is superb at the clarity of this dial. The extra space gained by abandoning the tachymeter scale has been used to increase the diameter of the subdials. A concise excursion: moon stage at 12 o’clock, accurate to a day’s deviation every 122 decades, continuous seconds at 9 o’clock, plus a 60 minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock. This is big enough to create readings of elapsed times feasible. The rectangular window in 9 o’clock reveals the day of the week, the window at 3 o’clock shows the month. In 4.30 there is a tiny circular window showing that the leap-year cycle with numbers from 1 to 4, 4 being the leap year, also at 7.30, another circular window using a day/night index.

Monopusher chronograph, plus split-second pusher
The pusher at two o’clock is for the split-second purpose, which may be used for intermediate measurements such as a lap time. When the chronograph is running, pressing on the pusher at 2 o’clock stops the split-second hand, while the chronograph hand keeps functioning. Once you’ve listed the lap time, pressing on the split-second pusher again yields the split-second hand to the chronograph minutes and they keep running together. The procedure can be repeated any number of times. It’s very important to reset the chronograph only when the chronograph seconds and split seconds palms are superposed. The crown is used just to wind the eye and also to place the time, and also the motion provides that the stop-second function.

Hand-wound movement
The CHR 27-525 PS Q motion is hand-wound, with 476 components, 12 bridges along with 31 jewels. The balance is relatively large, with only 2 arms and 8 poising weights. It runs at 21,600 vibrations per hour3 Hertz. Power reserve is minimum 38 hours, maximum 48 hours, without the chronograph running. The chronograph is operated by 2 column wheels, and fresh tooth profiles that decrease wear — so presumably it’s a horizontal clutch. The movement can be looked at through the sapphire caseback.

Certified precision
The motion gets the Patek Philippe grand complications 5372p-001 clone watch Seal, an excellent mark, which ensures that the watch meets the brand’s own standards regarding quality and functionality. In terms of accuracy, it specifies a precision with a maximum deviation of -3/+2 moments per day. That can be double COSC and near Rolex’s Superlative Chronometer certificate.

Let’s just call it as it is: that the 5370 is your ideal opinion Patek Philippe has produced lately. Maybe the ideal watch because the 5970, or perhaps before. The saying I’ve kept hearing from people I know and respect in Baselworld was”Pure Patek,” and I truly agree. This is the watch that reminds us that they really do care about their past, and about what people want, not just about making earnings. The case, the dial, the crown, the grade — everything about the new 5370 is just plain right. Let’s have a look at what it is like in the metal.

In a macro level, the 5370P is so special as it brings together the best of Patek now — a totally magnificent caliber made completely in-house — together with the best of yesterday — a traditional dial (tooth!) And crown and case that’s right from the 1940s. Let us first remind ourselves Patek Philippe 5370p split-seconds chronograph replica watches haven’t made a two-button pure split-seconds since, in the latest, 1971, and by then, we are speaking at greatest unique commissions at a speed of less than one example every few decades. I’m not speaking about that the 1563 found here, but instead the reference 1436, which is, in effect, a 130 with split module. The first examples, like seen in Jean-Claude Biver’s personal collection, featured crowns that were themselves the rattrapante activation, while after examples, like seen below, featured a button built into the crown.

So back to the issue at hand. The 5370P includes a 41 mm platinum case which is, without a doubt, among the best Patek has produced in years. This split-seconds chornograph features a concave bezel that combines perfectly with all the gentle camber of this sapphire crystal.

Something I haven’t mentioned yet is the balance, beauty, and pure blackness of this dial. The 5370P features a totally gorgeous rich black enamel dial with Breguet numerals. The dial is made in-house by Patek Philippe 5370p prezzo replica watches , and requires more than three hours just to polish it. The dial is solid white gold, and roasted in an oven in 850° C and then permitted to solidify to a glasslike consistency with controlled cooling — the outcome is an extreme black that won’t fade with time. The small”email” touch at six o’clock — French for”enamel” — indicates this actually is a very special watch.

What’s the 5370P about the wrist? Wonderful. Yes, this case is 41 mm and would I’ve preferred it in 39.5 mm like the 5170? I would, however I won’t criticize this decision at all because, after all, the 5370P is a split-seconds chronograph with a black dialup, and if there was a watch to acquire some millimeters, it is this one. The thickness of the full watch is 13.56 mm, which is not thin, but it also isn’t too thick either. Together with the 41 mm case size, this motion thickness balances out quite well. It should be said that this Patek Philippe 5370p-001 clone watch is almost a full two millimeters thinner than Lange’s Double-Split, and while 1.8 mm does not sound like much, it creates a world of a gap on the wrist.

The 5370P is absolutely one of the best watches Patek Philippe 5370p preis fake watches have introduced in years. It’s the watch we, as vintage Patek fans, have been waiting for, and it’s done a great deal for inspiring renewed vigor amongst modern Patek collectors. This will go down as a classic.

This year, Patek place the focus on higher end complications, not the least of which will be the perpetual calendar. We’ve got an entirely new mention in the 5327, which is very much the same in the grand scheme of things, thought very much different in the world of Patek Philippe perpetual calendar 5327 replica watches. The opinion replaces the 5140, although the 5140 will stay in production in a black tuxedo dial along with a new gray dial, both in platinum for a limited time. The 5327’s narrative is all about the case and dial up, and in some way offers a whole lot of what modern Patek buyers may want — a larger case and Breguet dial.

First, one must understand the 5327 uses the exact same motion that has existed with Patek perpetuals for 35+ years — standard 240Q. So that means, technically, you’ll have roughly the same movement as you’ll see in the 5140 and the 3940 before that. That comes a great micro-rotor, self-winding caliber that is rather thin, and also a favorite among many purists.

The case, however, is exactly what makes the 5327, because first and foremost it is large — 39 mm. To get a Patek perpetual, this is a major thing. While I love my 3940 at 36 mm, I don’t have any doubt there’s real demand for a slightly bigger QP, and 39 mm is in fact what I believe to be an perfect size.

This instance is also radically different from those of the 5140 and 3940. It includes wider lugs, with a scalloped mid case that is almost equal to the 2013 release 5227 Calatrava. The dial is brushed with Breguet numerals that fill out the would-be blank space nicely. It is available in yellow and rose gold with ivory lacquered dials on both, and in white gold with a gorgeous blue sunburst dial.

So again, no sweeping changes here, but the introduction of a completely new perpetual calendar reference from Patek isn’t a small thing from the collectible watch universe — and we think the 39 millimeter case also Breguet dials will please most.

Any discerning eye fan would know that the race to construct the first ever automatic chronograph from the late 1960s was one of the seconds that changed the picture of how we specify sports watches today. It’s a subject of much debate and great controversy regarding who came first. Similar to Formula One racing, the sport that became synonymous with automatic chronographs, competition is stiff — and winning is all. This is where qualifying in pole position, and passing the checkered flag first means basking in the glory of winning. But, any discerning race enthusiast would also know that sometimes you do not have to come first to win the championship…

Put aside your watch nerd hat for a moment, and also don the running helmet of one of Formula One’s greatest. Let us take a trip down memory lane. It is the season where the more sophisticated V10 Engine from Renault, pushed by Williams driver Nigel Mansell, proves to be a serious challenger to the elderly V12 Honda that’s utilized by the McLaren team for which Senna drives. It is also the year when most of races will count towards the tournament, to which finish consistency and dependability are preferred. But despite all, Senna is giving his all — not winning most of the races, but always finishing with things.

In the long run, the tournament came to the very final race in Suzuka. Although the Renault was more advanced in every aspect, the tech was still in its infancy. Much the way babies need to go through teething, it was experiencing its own growing pains. Mansell needed the win in the last race in Suzuka, as Senna had the stage edge; in the finish the Renault broke , allowing Senna to flee to the checkered flag and win the championship. Senna was still crowned winner against all odds, but he didn’t finish first in most of the races, and even gave the win away to his teammate in the very last race.

The exact same can be stated with all the Patek Philippe 5980 rose gold retail replica watches . It wasn’t the first automatic chronograph ever created, nor was it the very first bit of the late Gerald Genta. Neither was it that the most complicated chronograph, nor the most advanced. And every single time I look at it, I can’t help but grin. There is a certain aura to it that I find difficult to capture in words. But when I was given the rare opportunity to reassess and picture this horological marvel, I trembled in fear. A bit that I yearned for was now on my wrist, awaiting a complete review here on Monochrome. I said to myself…”Here is the stuff of legends, but do not disappoint!” Adopting the mentality of Senna (although I honestly can simply pray to emulate the man he was), I pushed , against all odds… I keep…

The 5980 Nautilus remains by definition, a Patek Philippe 5980/1ar prix fake watch, even though a few connoisseurs would assert that the Nautilus line is not a”real” Patek. From the minute you see it, to the moment you hold it, to the minute you wear it on your wrist, then you expect time will stop, and that means you can endlessly love the greatness of the watch. The 5980 is gorgeous in every respect!

The design of the 5980 was to make sure that the Nautilus lineage stayed intact. Even with the demand for chronograph pushers in the 2 and 4 o’clock place, the people from Patek made sure that wouldn’t alienate the age-old classic look that is the Nautilus. Foregoing the traditional chronograph round pushers we view from most chronographs, they utilized two distinctively constructed horizontal pusher on each side of the proper’ear’. This essentially made the pushers barely noticeable when looking on the time, a definite high point in making sure no extreme aesthetic changes were introduced, which the initial design was maintained.

FEATURES
Evidently, the 5980 is exactly the same classic Nautilus we all love with the simple addition of a chronograph function. Unlike most manufacturers using the triple sub-dial approach to allow reading of both actual time and stop watch elapse period, the 5980 Nautilus went with a slightly more minimalistic approach via the usage of one (but larger) sub-dial visible above the 6 o’clock marker.This sub-dial is also a co-axial chrono counterclockwise, which permits the wearer to keep track of the minute (note that it is a 30 minute counter) and hour without the need for any additional sub-dial. This also allows the bit to keep the cleaner and more symmetrical appearance that we came to identify with the first Nautilus.

Flip the piece over and you get a glimpse of its own magnificent in-house motion, with its translucent sapphire crystal back. This might appear odd at first, but you might be forgetting that the movement in the 5980 was one of the company’s top points in releasing this sporting legend (more about the movement later). It would be a pity if it didn’t have a display case back, and moreover, for a business to unveil its recently constructed automatic chronograph, it’s just natural to do so.

With one look at the dial, immediately you’ll notice the gradation from dark blue in the center to black at the periphery (at least for the blue variant ). This is surely a distinct look that was practically carried over from the first Nautilus line. It also has a flat embossed pattern that produces this 3 dimensional effect in lieu of this patisserie we find in a different iconic luxury sports piece. There are nine rather than twelve index markers in white gold and coated with luminous coating. This leaves space for the big co-axial chronograph subdial to fit directly over the 6 o’clock mark. There’s also the date aperture at the 3 o’clock much like the first Nautilus. The dial in itself is in every way as beautiful as it could be, everything from the gradated color scheme, to the baton hour markers are designed to create a watch connoisseur’s heart swoon. It is in essence, the face of this piece, and one that is to be gazed upon by its wearer for years to come.

CASE / BRACELET

The design of the situation or perhaps the built-factor needs no introduction. The iconic semi-octagonal or semi-circular or whatever tickles your fancy has always been a part of the Nautilus identity. Its transition away from the normal circular dial of most Pateks, is exactly what made it among the most revolutionary timepieces ever created. It’s obviously modeled together with a satin-finished H-link bracelet with polished links that are central. The newer Nautilus however is composed of a three-piece case design (back, caseband, bezel), somewhat different from the initial two-piece case design. Although, I am no engineer, I am drawn to assume that a three-piece case layout is much easier to produce than the usual one. This again, has always been pondered upon by vintage Patek collectors, such that pricing of the original has always been considerably higher than the 2006 versions.

The situation diameter measures 44mm (including the’ears’), which is really just 2mm larger than the ref. 5711. 5980 measures 12.6mm in height, it feels more hefty and thicker than other Nautilus versions. We must keep in mind, however, that the Nautilus has always been praised for its thin case, so the 5980 is a different story entirely. However in my experience, the heftier situation is complemented by its slightly larger case diameter: in general it wears a bit bigger, but not did it feel like those oversized pieces we see in the industry today. It simply sits there comfortably, ticking the time away, and if it even could become an annoyance, a fast glance would easily release the tension and put a smile on one’s face.

MOVEMENT
Inside the 5980 is a movement fully crafted in house by Patek: the new Caliber CH 28-520 which sports a giant 21k gold core rotor that drains the motion, a Breguet balance spring, and a four-arm Gyromax balance that beats at 28,800 oscillations per hour. The chronograph functions just how it was intended to, begin stop at 2 o’clock, and hand reset and flyback in 4. The date however requires a bit of a push pin for quick correction, not exactly a huge deal, but perhaps something to improve on. It is nonetheless one of the most refined and sophisticated sports chronographs available on the marketplace.

WRAP-UP
The Nautilus 5980 or as I prefer to call it now, the Jumbo Chronograph, is by and large, one of the greatest sports chronographs… wait, scratch that… among the best sports bits that I ever watched to date. It just hits the sweet spot in every manner possible. It is not just THE ideal piece (writer’s nitpicking disclaimer), but given the selection of this, over the 5711 or the 5712 or perhaps its biggest competition, I think I know which one to pick. The world of sport chronographs is a crazy one partly because of its connection to motor racing, where we locate the McQueens, the Sifferts, or even the Newmans of older. Compared to such icons, the Jumbo Chronograph is still in its infancy. But then again, it is a piece which requires no racing icon since it can stand on its own, and to this date it remains so.