This was the watch many collectors were awaiting, since the 3700 was stopped since 1990 without a time-and-date “Jumbo” was in the group anymore. 3711, a watch that might have been the worthy successor of the very first Nautilus, was not intended to be this heritage watch. Why? For one reason: its case’s material. 3711/1G-001) and it was not produced in steel.
Continuing with our coverage of Baselworld 2017, we now present you the other Patek Philippe reference 5960 that was released this year. We’re now talking about the 18K white gold version that joins the other two stainless steel 5960s that are now available. Up until 2014, the Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph ref. 5960 was only available in 18K rose gold with two different dials and in platinum also with three different dials, that same year, those versions were replaced by the first version of this reference in stainless steel fitted with a white dial and equipped with an integrated ‘rice bead’ link stainless steel bracelet which you can see here.
This year, a new iteration of reference 5960/1A has been released with an ebony black opaline dial —see here— and also the new 18K white gold we have here. This new Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph ref. 5960/01G-001 is fitted with a blue dial —with the same texture and color as the blue dial on the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time ref. 5524G released in 2015— and with the same brown calf strap and buckle as the one on the 5524G.
The Case & Dial
The new Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph ref. 5960/01G-001 in 18K white gold is fitted with a highly polished case measuring 40.5 mm in diameter and water resistant to a depth of 30 meters, this awesome complication is equipped with pump chrono pushers and three correctors on the case band to adjust the annual calendar.
The dial layout is the same as on all other 5060s which is very well balanced featuring a monocounter 12-hour chronograph at 6, day-date-month apertures between 10 and 2, a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock and a black and white minute rail track fitted with luminescent markers. Additionally, the monocounter features a clever night/day indicator at the bottom. Rounding out the sporty look of this timepiece, the white and red hands provide immaculate contrast against the blue backdrop.
Sporting the same strap as the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time ref. 5524G released in 2015, the calf strap is very supple and similar to the quality of leather you see on Hermès leather products. The pin buckle is highly polished featuring a new design never seen before on Patek buckles and with Patek Philippe’s signature on it.
With the same beating heart as its stainless steel counterparts, the 18K white gold 5960/01G-001 is powered by the Patek Philippe automatic calibre H 28-520 IRM QA 24H with flyback chronograph and annual calendar. Composed of 456 parts, 14 bridges and 40 jewels, this automatic movement provides a power reserve of 55 hours when fully wound while beating at a frequency of 28,800 vph.
On the Wrist & Pricing
On the wrist, the watch wears slightly smaller than 40.5 mm and more like a 40 mm watch. A beautiful new Patek 5960 that looks totally different to all the other 5960s due to the color of its dial and the very unique brown strap on it. A fascinating new timepiece combining two of our favorite complications —the annual calendar meets the chronograph— with a slight vintage look and feel and for sure a must have from this year’s novelties.
Sticker Price $65,774 USD. For more info on Patek click here.