The 1970’s was a time when several layout legends made their mark across various industrial areas. For instance, in the car sector you had the brilliant Giorgetto Giugiaro changing the face of car layout for Bertone and ItalDesign, while in watches, a designer called Gérald Genta created several versions that are still believed iconic today, including the Omega Constellation and a trio of high-end steel sports watches: The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, the Nautilus and IWC Ingenieur.The defining elements of this original 3700 Nautilus design would be the ‘ears’ on the side of the instance (styled to remind owners of their porthole hinge in their mega yacht), the large octagonal bezel and the colorful Black-Blue dial with its horizontal stripes. By way of instance, while the first 3700 had just an hour and minute hand, the 2006 5711 added a sweeping seconds hand and a larger, thicker bezel.One of the highlights of the Nautilus is the dégradé dial, which can be a gradient complete that becomes lighter as you move to the centre of the dial. As you’d expect on a watch in this section, the finishing is simply incredible, with alternating hand-polished and satin finishes on the bracelet and case. And that is before you get to the movement, which we will get to shortly.Despite being a sports watch, the traces stay sleek, even on the chronograph which is the thickest of this range.
The subject of rumours before Baselworld 2018, the Nautilus Perpetual Calendar ref. 5740/1G is now here, becoming the first perpetual calendar in Patek Philippe’s line of sports watches.
Powered by the tried and tested cal. 240 Q movement, the Nautilus Perpetual Calendar is in 18k white gold with a matching bracelet.
Rated to 60m, the case is 40mm in diameter, the same as the base model Nautilus ref. 5711, and 8.42mm high. Notably, the corrector pushers for the calendar are symmetrically located on the lugs and one of the “ears” of the case.
The dial is a pale metallic blue with the signature horizontal motif that’s a trademark of the Nautilus.
Price and availability
The Nautilus Perpetual Calendar ref. 5740/1G is priced at US$119,070.