Sit down take a breath as its time to drool, as Patek Phillipe release seven new Aquanauts, including five ladies Luce models. The new sporty Aquanaut Chronographs Reference 5968G: the first version in white gold, paired with midnight blue or khaki green.
In 2018, Patek Philippe launched the first chronograph to join the men’s Aquanaut collection –a complication ideally suited to this line’s dynamic sporting spirit. Reference 5968 made its debut in a steel model with a black dial mounted on a black strap in a composite material and delivered with a second composite strap in orange (5968A-001). Now, the manufacture is introducing the first white-gold version of the Aquanaut Chronograph,
with either of two colorways for the dial and matching strap: an elegant midnight blue shading
to black on the dial (5968G-001) or an audacious khaki green (5968G-010).
A key aesthetic feature is the harmonious integration of the chronograph into the Aquanaut
design. The interplay of polished and satin-brushed surfaces on the case, bezel and pushers
contributes to the effect. The 60-minute counter at 6 o’clock echoes the bezel’s rounded
octagonal shape. The elongated pushers are positioned at 2 and 4 o’clock, either side of the
screw-down crown. The chronograph indications (sweep seconds, quarter-second scale, 60-
minute counter) stand out in white on the embossed Aquanaut pattern. Legibility is ensured by
white-gold applied numerals and large white-gold baton-style hands with a luminescent coating.
This model is equipped with the caliber CH 28-520 C self-winding flyback chronograph movement uniting tradition (column-wheel control) and innovation (vertical disk clutch). As the clutch is virtually friction-free, the center chronograph hand also functions as a permanent seconds hand. The flyback function allows the user to begin timing a new event while the chronograph is still running, with a simple pressure on the push-piece at 4 o’clock. The case is a handsome 42.2 mm in diameter and is water-resistant to 120 m. The integrated
strap made of an ultra-resistant composite material is fitted with a patented fold-over clasp secured by four independent catches. These two new models join Reference 5968A-001 in steel in the collection.
For women wishing to combine modern sporty chic with a touch of sparkle, Patek Philippe created a special version of the Aquanaut, lit by a circle of diamonds on the bezel and named Aquanaut Luce (“light” in Italian). This timepiece first appeared on the Italian and Spanish.
The new Aquanaut Luce Reference 5267/200A comes with matching dial and strap in a choice of three colors: eternally elegant black (5267/200A-001), a very feminine matt white (5267/200A010) and an audacious khaki green (5267/200A-011). This new shade of khaki green is identical to the color introduced on the men’s Aquanaut Reference 5168G-010 in 2019 and seen this year on the new Aquanaut Chronograph Reference 5968G-010. It is also a nod to the original model of 2004, “Adventurous Khaki”, a slightly different shade, which created such a stir with its unexpected alliance of steel, diamonds and zest of daring.
In developing this globetrotting Aquanaut Luce, Patek Philippe drew inspiration from the manufacture’s ingenious Travel Time dual-time-zone mechanism. This exclusive system is already a feature of the men’s Aquanaut Reference 5164, where two push-pieces on the left flank of the case set the local time. But to retain all the elegance and finesse that women love in the Aquanaut Luce, the manufacture reinterpreted this useful, user-friendly function to incorporate two innovations: a new quartz movement with a dual-time-zone function, caliber E23-250 S FUS 24H, and a discreet, practical setting system via the winding crown. This device required that the electronic movement be fitted with a dual time-zone mechanism similar to those that equip all Patek Philippe’s World Time and Travel Time watches, but controlled here by the clutch-pinion that activates hand-setting, rather than by pushers. The new quartz caliber is finished with same meticulous care as the manufacture’s mechanical movements.
The 42mm white gold men’s retail circa £49,431 and the ladies 38.8mm diamond set stainless steel quartz are circa £14,200 and if you love her that much the diamond set rose gold automatic will set you back circa £35,200
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