Hands-On: Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar REF. 5740/1G
How do you make a great watch even better? How can one possibly conceive in the most minutiae of details the ability to reinvent the wheel, as they say?
There are maybe a few instances in recent horology where a manufacture has successfully added to, altered or amended a timepiece whose original stature was such that change was very much unnecessary.
But then, seemingly out of the woodwork comes Patek Philipe with their sophisticated swagger, waltzing into Baselworld 2018 like they own the joint.
You blink in bewilderment. Where is all this confidence, this air of superiority coming from? Patek dips its proverbial hand into its deep proverbial pocket, rips out a shiny piece of something-something and slaps it down on the table in front of you with such ferocity you’d think the item would surely have been crushed.
But no, Patek, in all of its might still has a gentle side. It slides its hand off of the watch, and there you see it, your next must-have, your next bank-buster, your next the-wife-will-kill me grail. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Patek Philippe 5740 Nautilus Perpetual Calendar.
As far as “hot watches” go, the Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar is in the highest of demand.
Wait lists for the 5711 and the 5712 are long and prices are sky-high, so it’d make absolutely perfect sense for Patek to want to capitalise on this momentum.
And they did this by integrating one of horology’s most infamous, most popular and most revered complication: the much-loved perpetual calendar.
The Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar 5740’s 40mm wide and 8.42mm thick case is made of white gold, and to be quite honest with you while the precious metal option is gorgeous, I’m definitely expecting a stainless-steel variant to be released in the 18-months (and with that a big price drop, too).
The white gold bezel features vertical brushing, as do the integrated lugs. This is offset by the high-grade polish of the rest of the case, as well as the centre links in the integrated white gold bracelet.
The dial is very much like a typical Nautilus, with blue horizontal strips and a highly legible layout. Three sub-dials depict the various perpetual calendar indicators.
The sub-dial at 3 o’clock features the passing months as well as the leap year. The sub-dial at 6 o’clock features the date, as well as a moonphase embedded within the register.
And the sub-dial at 9 o’clock features the day as well as a 24-hour indicator. The centre stack of hands includes the passing hours and minutes, but the lacking sweeping-seconds hand is a bit of a put off for me.
I enjoy movement on a dial, I enjoy the smooth sweep of a seconds hand, and unfortunately the lack of one is a big let-down.
The Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar 5740 is powered by the automatic Calibre 240 Q. I adore the fact that Patek have utilised a micro-rotor powered movement.
This is one of the biggest selling points of their Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar 5712 (arguably one of their hottest, most in-demand watches right now).
The ability to see a movement is what us watch-nerds love. The 240 Q sits at 27.5mm in diameter and 3.88mm in depth, features a total of 275-components, beats at 3Hz and has a power reserve of up to 48-hours when fully wound.
Again, a sweeping-seconds hand would have been ideal, and in a movement with such minute dimensions I definitely think its addition could have happened were Patek fixated on it.
The Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar is an absolutely gorgeous timepiece, and what an unbelievable time for Patek to release it.
Perpetual calendars are hot property right now, as is the Nautilus. I think that this is a game-changer for Patek and I truly believe that the 5740 will bring about so much more change within the Nautilus collection.
The Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar is a weapon of a watch, the perfect daily-wearer can be yours very soon for the measly sum of $105,000 CHF ($110,200 USD).
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