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Patek Philippe Launch Four New Nautilus Watches, Including Successor to the 5711

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5811/1G-001 White Gold Blue Sunburst Dial

We don’t need to talk about why the Patek Philippe Nautilus is one of the most iconic watch designs in history, we already talked about that in detail here. We also don’t have time to talk about it again because Patek have released, not one, not two, not three but four new Nautilus references. And included among that number is the spiritual successor to the 5711, the new 5811/1G-001.

Nautilus Ref. 5811/1G-001

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5811/1G-001 White Gold Blue Sunburst Dial

Last year, Patek were very open about the fact that they would be discontinuing the Nautilus 5711, one of their most successful watches of the contemporary era. However, with the news of the old model’s retirement came the promise that a new watch would rise up and take its place and now the watch that was foretold is finally here.

The Nautilus 5811/1G has a 41mm diameter white gold case with a thick bezel and porthole shaped design, following in the footsteps of the 5711. The 41mm proportions mean that it’s slightly larger than its predecessor, which is in keeping with the watch’s identity as a sports piece even if the case isn’t made of steel like the most desirable version of the 5711 was. That’s the duality of the Nautilus in a nutshell, it’s both sporty and luxurious and the 5811 captures that well.

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5811/1G-001 White Gold Blue Sunburst Dial

Its dial is also inspired by the 5711 with a pattern of horizontal engraved lines and a blue fumé gradient in sunburst. A close inspection reveals that the tone is richer than the 5711, it’s a more vibrant shade of blue verging on electric. I do wonder if we’ll see a green or Tiffany blue version in the future or whether models like this will be reserved for the 5811’s swan song as was the case with the previous model.

Inside, it houses the Calibre 26-330 S C automatic movement with 40-hour power reserve and yes, that is exactly the same movement used in the 5711. So really, the 5811 isn’t so much a successor to the 5711 as it is the same watch with a slightly larger diameter and small touch up to the dial.

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5811/1G-001 White Gold Blue Sunburst Dial

The Nautilus Ref. 5811/1G-001 is priced at £56,190 although if its grey market price reaches similar levels as the 5711, expect it to go for around £150,000 or higher.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: 5811/1G-001|
  • Case/dial: 41mm diameter x 8.2mm thickness, white gold case, sunburst blue dial with black-gradient rim, gold applied hour markers with luminescent coating|
  • Water resistance: 120m (12 bar)|
  • Movement: Calibre 26‑330 S C, automatic, 30 jewels, 212 parts, 21K gold central rotor with Patek Philippe seal|
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 35 – 45h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date|
  • Strap: White gold bracelet with patented fold-over clasp with lockable adjustment system|
  • Price/availability: £56,190, more details at Patek Philippe.

Nautilus Flyback Chronograph Travel Time Ref. 5990/1A-01

Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5990/1A-011 Stainless Steel and Blue Sunburst Dial

Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5990/1A-011 Stainless Steel and Blue Sunburst Dial

The 5990 isn’t a new take on the Nautilus, but it’s still a stunning update to an existing model. Previous editions include the 5990/1R-001, which was a rose gold piece with a blue dial. The new 5990/1A-011 is made from the Nautilus’ signature material, steel and features a dark blue-black gradient dial.

With just these few changes it takes an ultra-luxe watch and makes it dramatically sportier, really emphasising the chronograph function. The chronograph consists of central flyback chronograph seconds and a 60-minute, although the watch also has a full travel time complication consisting of a date subdial at 12 o’clock, two hour hands and home/local time indicators.

Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5990/1A-011 Stainless Steel and Blue Sunburst Dial

The new Nautilus Flyback Chronograph Travel Time Ref. 5990/1A-01 is priced at £55,240, but again, it’s a Nautilus and a steel one at that, so take that with a pinch of salt if you try to procure one.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: 5990/1A-011|
  • Case/dial: 40.5mm diameter x 12.53mm thickness, stainless case, sunburst blue dial with black-gradient rim, gold applied hour markers with luminescent coating|
  • Water resistance: 120m (12 bar)|
  • Movement: Calibre CH 28-520 C FUS, automatic, 34 jewels, 370 parts, 21K gold central rotor with Patek Philippe Seal|
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 35 – 45h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, central chronograph hand, 60-minute counter, two time zones: local and home time indication, day/night indication for local time and home time in apertures, date coupled with local time by hand|
  • Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with patented fold-over clasp with lockable adjustment system|
  • Price/availability: £55,240, more details at Patek Philippe.

Nautilus Moonphase Ref. 5712/1R-001

Patek Philippe Nautilus Moonphase 5712/1R-001

The Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5712/1R-001 is a luxurious take on their seminal moonphase Nautilus. It takes the classic design and lavishes it with rose gold case measuring 40mm in diameter and a sunburst brown dial.

Moonphases are an interesting watch complication. They’re the perfect expression of watchmaking as a craft because they’re fundamentally unnecessary but we love them regardless. Does the position of the moon affect your day-to-day life? No, but is it incredibly pretty anyway? Yes. And there you have it, the crux of watch collecting, we do it because we love watches not because they’re useful bits of kit.

Patek Philippe Nautilus Moonphase 5712/1R-001

The Ref. 5712/1R-001 focusses so strongly on the aspect of beautiful watchmaking that it even has a micro-rotor, allowing you an unobstructed view of the Calibre 240 PS IRM C LU automatic movement. It’s a pretty spectacular calibre with hours, minutes, small seconds, moonphase, pointer date and power reserve indicator, all contained within the porthole shape of the Nautilus.

Patek Philippe Nautilus Moonphase 5712/1R-001

It’s priced at £66,670, which makes sense compared to the other Nautili featured here because it’s both gold and the most complex. Although, the following watch has the same price for different reasons.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: 5712/1R-001|
  • Case/dial: 40mm diameter x 8.52mm thickness, rose gold case, sunburst brown dial with black-gradient rim, gold applied hour markers with luminescent coating|
  • Water resistance: 60m (6 bar)|
  • Movement: Calibre 240 PS IRM C LU, automatic, 29 jewels, 265 parts, off-center 22K gold minirotor with Patek Philippe Seal|
  • Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 38 – 48h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, date by hand, moon phases, power reserve indication, small seconds|
  • Strap: Rose gold bracelet with patented fold-over clasp with lockable adjustment system|
  • Price/availability: £66,670, more details at Patek Philippe.

Nautilus Joaillerie Ref. 7118/1300R-001

Patek Philippe Nautilus Joaillerie 7118/1300R-001

Nautili have always had a gender-neutral appeal but that’s never stopped Patek from putting some extra gems on the bezel and marketing it as a ladies’ model. If they wanted to market it more accurately, calling it a hip hop model would make more sense.

The Ref. 7118/1300R-001 has a 35.2mm case in rose gold with a matching gold dial and wave motif. The ‘waves’ are a reference to the fact that instead of straight horizontal lines as is traditional, the engraved pattern undulates across the surface of the watch.

Patek Philippe Nautilus Joaillerie 7118/1300R-001

However, what makes this watch stand out the most is the gem-set bezel and indexes, which consist of spessartite (also known as garnet) baguettes. The mineral has a variety of shades ranging from clear to deep cognac brown, giving the watch an autumnal feel, cozied up with coffee or your tipple of choice by the fire.

Patek Philippe Nautilus Joaillerie 7118/1300R-001

While it’s a simple automatic with date, it has the same price as the Moonphase edition above at £66,670 because while it may be mechanically simple, it uses the most luxurious materials. Although it would be interesting to know how much of a difference it would make if it used diamond instead of spessartite.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: 7118/1300R-001|
  • Case/dial: 35.2mm diameter x 8.62mm thickness, rose gold case, rose-gilt “waves” motif ogival-shaped cognac-colored dial with spessartite hour markers|
  • Water resistance: 60m (6 bar)|
  • Movement: Calibre 324 S C, automatic, 29 jewels, 217 parts, 21K gold central rotor with Patek Philippe Seal|
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 35 – 45h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date|
  • Strap: Rose gold bracelet with patented fold-over clasp|
  • Price/availability: £66,670, more details at Patek Philippe.

About the author

Michael Sonsino

As Junior Content Producer for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. While a relative newcomer to the magazine, he's nonetheless a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better.

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