Patek Philippe Nautilus Swiss Luxury Watch Review
Dressy Sports Nautilus
Patek Philippe Nautilus precedes Aquanaut in the mixed sports-dressy design sensibilities. Nautilus, however, is more straightforward in its approach: overall visual appearance serves the fashion ambitions, while the powerful movements (calibre 324), dial composition and complications support the sports side.
Nautilus takes a few steps toward jewelry design by bedecking several of the models with variously shaped diamonds, once again defying expectations. Nautilus comes in both strap and bracelet variations, while the cases can be cast out of gold or stainless steel. The collection also employs color, usually shades of blue.
The horizontal embossed relief on the dial, when combined with the porthole shaped bezel, creates an unmistakable stylized replication of sea view (via said/imaginable porthole).
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This strong, masculine design projects romantic nostalgia to the sea and its depths. In fact, the entire watch becomes an object that embodies emotional yearning – and boldly expresses Patek Philippe's “emotions” precept, as it was elucidated in the company's philosophy.
Nautilus stands out as a collection that consummates the watchmaker's credo in full measure, an occurrence rarely seen in the high-end luxury industry. Interestingly, though, the hour and minutes hands replicate Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “thermometer” shaped fingers.
Complications include date (analog subdial in one model), power-reserve indicator, moon phases, and chronograph. Water resistance up to 120 meters and luminous hour markers and hands comprise main safety and legibility specifications. Nautilus watches are rather large; there are no ladies models in this collection.
We think that what Nautilus started for men, Aquanaut finished for women: the latter is really a ladies collection. Both appeal to function tastes by reducing the number of visual features, and to fashion tastes by stylizing them.
Patek Philippe make the kinship between the two collections evident in their names as well, Aquanaut meaning diver, and Nautilus referring to the famous self-contained submarine from Jules Verne's classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.