When Thierry Stern announced that Patek Philippe Nautilus was ceasing production of the iconic stainless steel 5711/1A Nautilus, thousands of collectors who had been waitlisted for years were crestfallen. It was one of the most sought-after watches of all time, and they had lost their chance to purchase it without paying a steep markup on the secondary market. But today, Patek Philippe releases four new versions of the famed Patek Philippe Nautilus watch, including a new dial color for Ref. 5711/1A. There’s a new olive green sunburst dial available with or without diamonds, a blue sunburst dial in the Travel Time Chronograph, and a high-jewelry version with snow-set diamonds.
The new olive-green dial made its Patek Philippe debut earlier this year in the Twenty~4 Automatic collection. Now, it comes to the Nautilus. The stainless steel Ref. 5711/1A will soon be discontinued, so this will be one of, if not the, year’s hottest watches. The olive green dial has a beautiful sunburst finish and comes in the same satin-brushed and polished stainless steel case and bracelet that of the coveted Ref. 5711/1A.
The olive-green dial gets a bit of glamour with a diamond-set bezel. The distinct shape of the Nautilus is enhanced by 32 flawless Top Wesselton diamonds totaling 3.6 carats. The baguette diamonds have a unique, slightly trapezoidal shape that is cut to perfectly fit the octagonal bezel with rounded corners. The brilliance of the diamonds enhances the beautiful green dial.
The Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph now comes in a stunning 18K rose gold model, as well as the stainless steel model that debuted in 2014. The Nautilus’s signature combination of satin-brushed and polished finishing is particularly beautiful in rose gold. It features a flyback chronograph with a 60-minute counter at 6 o’clock, Patek Philippe’s Travel Time function that displays two time zones, and a date subdial at 12 o’clock. All of the functions are quite legible and the dial has a harmonious, balanced composition.
The flyback chronograph is activated by pushing the pusher at 4 o’clock while the chronograph is running, enabling you to quickly time a new event without having to stop and reset the chronograph, saving you precious seconds. The Travel Time function displays two time zones using two hour hands, a solid one for the local time and a pierced one for home time. It’s easy to change the time by using the pushers at 9 o’clock. Day and night are indicated with Local and Home apertures at 3 and 9 o’clock. If you’re not traveling, you can set them to the same time zone and the pierced hand will disappear behind the solid hand, giving you a cleaner look. It is powered by the automatic chronograph movement
Diamonds are not new to the Nautilus, and throughout the years, Patek Philippe has introduced several stunning models. Today, it releases a high-jewelry Nautilus with diamonds on the case, bezel, and bracelet in a slightly larger 35.2 mm case. The diamonds on the dial are set in the Nautilus’s signature rows and it features snow-set diamonds, also called random pavé, on the rest of the beautiful watch. These diamonds are set at a seemingly random pattern, and Patek Philippe’s master gem setters select diamonds of different sizes to create a unique look, similar to freshly fallen snow with differently sized snowflakes, that minimizes the amount of metal that shows. In total, it features 2,553 flawless Top Wesselton diamonds that weigh approximately 12.69 carats. It is powered by the automatic caliber 324 S, which is visible through the open caseback.