None have made quite an impact that Patek Philippe replica had with its new Nautilus models at Watches and Wonders Geneva in April.
Patek Philippe’s Nautilus collection has had many firsts since its launch in 1976. One of the early ones was the unusual use of stainless steel on a luxury watch. It had exceptional robustness and was water-resistant to 120m, an extreme challenge at that time for a regular watch.
With a case inspired by a ship’s porthole, the watch was an in- interplay of polished and satin-brushed finishing that highlighted the uniqueness of the form elements.
Fast forward to 2021 and Patek Philippe has announced it will cease the production of the stainless steel Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A. Instead, Patek Philippe is unveiling a new olive green sunburst dial in a version that features a bezel set with baguette diamonds.
Judging by the numerous postings on social media, this Patek Philippe copy with olive green dial has to be the darling of this year’s collection and fans are predicting this model will achieve cult status. Firstly, olive green is a daring choice as this colour has never been used in the Nautilus collection.
Pictures do not do the hue justice but up close, the luxury copy Patek Philippe features an elegant shade with a gentle sunburst finish. Telling time is easier as the luminescent hands and hour markers in white gold form is easy on the eye.
Beautifully crafted are the contours of the Nautilus which are underscored by the satin-brushed and polished finishing on the bezel, case and bracelet. For every watch, the manual work involved requires 55 individual finishing steps.
The case is water-resistant to 120m that protects the self-winding calibre 26-330 S C movement that has been powering the Ref. 5711 since 2019. This new movement is a spin-off of the calibre 324 S C and offers several innovations and technical optimisations, especially of the winding system.
It also features a stop-seconds mechanism that allows the watch to be set with one-second accuracy. A sapphire-crystal case back reveals the movement and finish.