Patek Philippe’s Impressive New Releases
Celebrating its 101st year, Baselworld is the watch industry’s most important annual gathering where the world’s premier brands exhibit their newest horological creations. The week-long spectacle draws thousands from across the globe, descending on the picturesque Swiss town to catch first glance at the year’s most anticipated new timepieces. When it comes to Baselworld, Patek Philippe never disappoints. Here’s a roundup of our favorite releases from the legendary family-owned watch brand.
Ref. 7150/250R Chronograph
With a tradition of producing timepieces that are best-in-class, Patek Philippe has long embraced the incorporation of complicated movements into ladies’ watches. In 2009, they introduced a totally new chronograph intended exclusively for feminine wrists, the Ref. 7071 Ladies First Chronograph. With a cushion-shaped case, the Ref. 7071 became the first watch endowed with Patek’s new in-house chronograph movement, the now legendary caliber CH 29-535 PS. Replacing the Ref. 7071 as Patek’s only ladies’ chronograph model, the new Ref. 7150R/250R Chronograph showcases a stylish new look while retaining the same powerful movement. The Ref. 7150 is fashioned with a 38mm round rose gold case that is gracefully set with 72 diamonds, and a silver dial with rose gold Breguet numerals. A fresh and feminine face for the ladies’ chronograph, Patek Philippe’s Reference 7150 is destined to be a highly-coveted watch among modern, active women with an eye for style and an appreciation for exquisite timepieces.
Ref. 5205G Annual Calendar
Originally introduced in white gold at Baselworld 2010, the Ref. 5205 Annual Calendar has emerged as one of Patek Philippe’s flagship timepieces. The collection expanded in 2014 with the addition of versions in rose gold, and at Baselworld this year, Patek Philippe announced that this perennial favorite would be given fresh a new look. The two white gold predecessors are being replaced with a new version—the Ref. 5205G-013. Paired with the graceful shimmer of white gold, the elegant two-tone sunburst dial on the new 5205G features an charming blue dial with a subtle black gradation toward the circumference of the dial. Its sleek, dynamic, and contemporary style is perfectly underscored by a beautiful moonphase indicator at six o’clock.
Ref. 5524R Calatrava Pilot Travel Time
The release of the Ref. 5524G Calatrava Pilot Travel Time in 2015 was a radical move by Patek Philippe that broke the mold of the brand’s traditional design paradigm. With its DNA rooted in aviation and styled with an 18k white gold case and blue dial, it quickly became the darling amongst collectors. This year at Baselworld, Patek Philippe announced a new variant of this highly-coveted timepiece—the Ref. 5524R. This fresh addition showcases a beautiful rose gold case accented by a striking dial brown dial with a black gradation. It is a refined and bold debut for an astounding timepiece that pays tribute to Patek Philippe’s horological endeavors.
Ref. 5740/1G Nautilus Perpetual Calendar
One of the most exciting announcements was the launch of the Ref. 5740/1G, the first Nautilus model to feature a perpetual calendar. There have been various complications integrated into the Nautilus collection—including a chronograph, second time zone and annual calendar—but Patek Philippe is now enriching this collection with its first ever grand complication. Not only is this the first grand complication in the Nautilus family, it is also the thinnest perpetual calendar in the entire Patek Philippe collection. The new Ref. 5740/1G packs a unique combination of sports appeal bearing the discreet elegance of white gold paired with the technical sophistication of a perpetual calendar.
Ref. 5968A Aquanaut Chronograph
The contemporary and sporty Aquanaut welcomes the first chronograph to its family with the recent addition of Patek Philippe’s newest Aquanaut—the Ref. 5968A. Combining tradition and innovation, this new model features a self-winding flyback chronograph, a complication that perfectly suits the character of this dynamic timepiece. This new Aquanaut is powered by Patek’s caliber CH 28-520 C, the same impressive movement found in the Ref. 5980 Nautilus Chronograph. To add a pop of color, the grey embossed dial features orange accents on the chronograph hands, dial hashes and 60-minute counter at six o’clock. With its orange composite strap and dial accents, the Ref. 5968A is one of the more youthful and casually-styled Patek Philippe timepieces released in recent years.
Ref. 5067A Aquanaut Luce
First launched in 2004, the Aquanaut Luce quickly became a beloved timepiece for ladies seeking to pair contemporary elegance with a bold statement. The name Luce, which means “light” in Italian, was a befitting name for a timepiece whose bezel is illuminated by the fire of 46 diamonds. The chic timepiece is available in various versions – in stainless steel or gold – with dial and strap variations in white, black or taupe. At Baselworld, Patek Philippe announced that they are adding a new blue-gray color as a further choice for the Ref. 5067 Aquanaut Luce in stainless steel. A perfect choice to represent sporty chic, this feminine new color choice underscores the modern and youthful design of the timepiece.
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