Patek Philippe enhances its collection of elegantly sporty watches for women
It launched an Aquanaut Luce minute repeater and new Nautilus jewellery models.
The manufacturer unveils the first-minute repeater embracing the "modern casual chic" style of the Aquanaut collection, making its debut on the Aquanaut Luce ladies' model and presented in a choice of two Haute Joaillerie versions in rose gold with a rainbow of multicoloured sapphires and diamonds. The Nautilus Haute Joaillerie line welcomes three new models showcasing the "snow" setting, combining diamonds with either blue sapphires, rubies, or emeralds. Two new Ladies’ Nautilus models in rose gold with a purple decor complete this autumnal bouquet.
Patek Philippe made its mark in the field of "elegant sports" timepieces by designing two models that have become cult watches: the Nautilus (1976) and the Aquanaut (1997). These iconic timepieces gave rise to two lines endowed with specifically feminine refinements: the Aquanaut Luce (2004) and the Ladies’ Nautilus (relaunched in 2009) – both of which have since appeared in numerous versions, including Haute Joaillerie models adorned with a range of gem settings. Since 2021, these two feminine lines have blossomed. The Aquanaut Luce has introduced its first three complicated models. The Ladies’ Nautilus has appeared in new versions paved with diamonds using the "snow-setting" technique. The momentum continues today, with seven new references in which Patek Philippe reinterprets elegant sports style by uniting it in an original way with two of its supreme skills: mastery of grand complications and command of all the refinements of Haute Joaillerie.
The Aquanaut Luce "Rainbow" Minute Repeater Haute Joaillerie References 5260/355R-001 and 5260/1455R-001
The first Aquanaut minute repeaters, lit by a rainbow of diamonds and multicoloured sapphires featuring the "invisible setting"
After a dual-time-zone Travel Time model in 2021, a self-winding flyback chronograph in 2022 and an Annual Calendar in spring 2023, Patek Philippe is continuing to develop its Aquanaut Luce line for women by introducing the first Grand Complication: a minute repeater, a field in which the manufacture excels. An original alliance between Haute Horlogerie, modern casual chic, and Haute Joaillerie, the new Aquanaut Luce "Rainbow" Minute Repeater Haute Joaillerie Reference 5260/355R-001 in rose gold presents a setting of 52 multicoloured baguette-cut sapphires (3.19 ct), 112 baguette-cut diamonds (7.31 ct), and 160 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.72 ct).
The original shape of the octagonal bezel is brought out by a double row of baguette-cut gems ("invisible-setting") with an outer row of diamonds and an inner row of multicoloured sapphires in a rainbow of hues. The dial plays subtly on the shape of the gems and the way they are set: a centre paved with baguette diamonds ("invisible setting"), an hour circle adorned with brilliant-cut diamonds ("snow setting"), and 12 multicoloured sapphire hour-markers echoing the gradient of hues on the bezel. The architecture and meticulous finish of the calibre R 27 self-winding movement is visible through a sapphire-crystal case back. This watch comes with three ultra-resistant composite straps – matte beige (originally fitted), red and matte white (additional straps) – secured by a patented fold-over clasp in rose gold set with baguette-cut diamonds.
Available exclusively in the Patek Philippe Salons in Geneva, Paris, and London, during the introductory phase, the new Aquanaut Luce "Rainbow" Minute Repeater Haute Joaillerie Reference 5260/1455R-001 is paved throughout with 130 baguette-cut diamonds (8.66 ct) on the dial and the outer row of the bezel and 779 multicoloured baguette-cut sapphires (45.05 ct) on the inner row of the bezel, the flanks of the case, the minute-repeater slide piece, and the rose-gold bracelet. To intensify the radiance of this precious adornment, Patek Philippe called on the sophisticated technique of "invisible setting" for the dial centre, the bezel and the caseband, as well as the flanks and central links of the bracelet.
The dial is notable for its excellent legibility – with 12 multicoloured baguette-cut sapphire hour markers, an hour circle in baguette-cut diamonds, an hour handset with three baguette rubies, and a minute hand lit by five baguette-cut blue sapphires, whilst the hole in the cannon carrying the hands is set with a brilliant-cut diamond. The rose-gold bracelet is endowed with a patented Patek Philippe fold-over clasp secured by four independent catches.
Nautilus Haute Joaillerie References 7118/1451G-001, 7118/1452G-001, and 7118/1453G-001
Three new precious "snow-set" watches combining diamonds with blue sapphires, rubies or emeralds
The Ladies’ Nautilus has already been interpreted in various Haute Joaillerie versions set with baguette- or brilliant-cut diamonds. This model joined the collection in 2021 in two versions set with diamonds ("snow setting") on the case, bezel, and bracelet – one in rose gold (Reference 7118/1450R-001), the other in white gold (Reference 7118/1450G-001). Now Patek Philippe is enlarging its choice of jewellery watches with three new Nautilus Haute Joaillerie models in white gold combining 1,500 brilliant-cut diamonds (6.53 ct) with 876 brilliant-cut blue sapphires (6.58 ct, Reference 7118/1451G-001), or brilliant-cut rubies (6.58 ct, Reference 7118/1452G-001) or brilliant-cut emeralds (3.68 ct, Reference 7118/1453G-001) using the "snow setting" technique.
The coloured stones adorning the bezel highlight the inimitable design of the Nautilus. Diamonds on the outer links contrast with coloured gems on the inner links to play up the original construction of the bracelet. The case, the bezel, and the bracelet feature the dazzling snow-setting technique, in which the gem setter combines stones of different diameters so as to minimize the gold surface visible between them. This alliance between creativity and know-how transforms each watch into a unique work of art.
The white-gold dial stands out by its rows of brilliant-cut diamonds set in the pattern of small waves typical of the Ladies’ Nautilus collection. Legibility is ensured by ogival-shaped hour markers in white gold set with 12 blue sapphires, rubies, or emeralds; an alpha-style hour and minute hands in charcoal-grey white gold with a white luminescent coating; and a charcoal-grey sweep-seconds hand. Here as in all the manufacturer’s jewelry watches, the setting meets the stringent criteria of the Patek Philippe Seal, with Top Wesselton Pure diamonds, coloured stones of the finest quality, impeccable stone-cutting, and a fixing method that ensures the stability of the settings and surfaces that are smooth to the touch.
The white-gold case, 35.2 mm in diameter, houses the calibre 26-330 S self-winding movement with a central rotor in 21K gold and the refined finish lavished on the movement parts visible through a sapphire-crystal back. The bracelet is endowed with a patented Patek Philippe fold-over clasp secured by four independent catches ensuring optimal comfort.
The new Nautilus References 7118/1451G-001, 7118/1452G-001, and 7118/1453G-001 will join References 7118/1450R-001 and 7118/1450G-001 with "snow-set" diamonds.
Ladies’ Nautilus References 7010R-013 and 7010/1R-013
Two new "elegant sports" models with gemset bezels and a purple decor
Launched in 2013, the Ladies’ Nautilus (Reference 7010) with a quartz movement, a 32 mm-diameter case, and a gemset bezel has since appeared in various versions. Patek Philippe now brings to this line a new, original purple dial colour, whose freshness and refinement graces two new models in rose gold: the Ladies’ Nautilus Reference 7010R-013, with a purple lacquered dial and a matching strap in a composite material, and the Ladies’ Nautilus Reference 7010/1R-013, with a purple lacquered dial and a bracelet in rose gold.
The dial, adorned with the pattern of small waves typical of the Ladies’ Nautilus collection, requires some fifty fine coats of lacquer, first translucent purple and then colourless, to create its subtle, magical sense of depth. Legibility is ensured by ogival-shaped hour markers, applied Arabic numerals, and alpha-style hour and minute hands, all in rose gold with a white luminescent coating, standing out clearly against the purple background. A slender seconds hand sweeps around the dial and the date is displayed in an aperture at 3 o’clock with an applied rose-gold frame.
Recognisable by its iconic porthole-inspired shape, the small case catches the eye with its alternating satin-brushed and polished finishes. The octagonal bezel sparkles with 46 brilliant-cut Top Wesselton Pure diamonds (0.8 ct) set with textbook precision.
The ultra-resistant composite strap of Reference 7010R-013, adorned with an elegant fabric pattern, is fitted with a fold-over Nautilus clasp in rose gold. The rose-gold bracelet of Reference 7010/1R-013 plays on contrasting finishes to highlight its original construction – satin-brushed on the outer links, polished on the inner links and the flanks of the outer links. It is fitted with a patented Patek Philippe fold-over clasp secured by four independent catches. This model is also the first Patek Philippe ladies’ watch endowed with a new lockable adjustment system.
The mechanical parts of the calibre E 23-250 S C quartz movement are finished with the same devotion to fine workmanship as Patek Philippe’s mechanical movements. The new Ladies’ Nautilus References 7010R-013 and 7010/1R-013 in rose gold replace the quartz References 7010R-011, 7010R-012, 7010/1R-011 and 7010/1R-012. Patek Philippe also offers a vast palette of Ladies’ Nautilus Reference 7118 models with cases 35.2 mm in diameter housing the calibre 324 S C self-winding movement. So as to satisfy the tastes and desires of every feminine devotee of elegant sports style.