Introducing Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph
Patek Philippe absolutely tore this year’s Baselworld apart, with the likes of the brand new Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph 5270P, the stunning 5740 as well as the feminine 7150R/250R. An extension of Patek’s Baselworld dominance came in the form of the very wearable, very versatile and ultra-cool 5968A Aquanaut Chronograph. This is for the Patek lover looking to expand their collection and venture into the realm of comfortable and easy-to-wear haute horlogerie. Let’s take a look at why I thought the 5968A was Patek Philippe’s unsung hero of this year’s Baselworld.
While the watch itself seems quite casual, there is still a hell of a lot of technique and craftsmanship embedded in this piece. The stainless- steel case sits at 42.2mm in diameter and 11.9mm in width.
Its dimensions are hefty, big and masculine, but with respect to overall quality it really is top-notch. There’s an air of modernism in the piece, while elements of Patek’s rich heritage and traditions still come through, albeit quite inconspicuously.
The vertically brushed bezel contrasts beautifully on top of the highly polished case. The exposed chronograph pushers protrude enough to actually be functional but don’t sway the piece’s aesthetic flow.
And while the case may seem quite big, with thanks to the Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph 5968A’s clever lug design, the piece will hug your wrist snugly, reducing its overall profile.
The Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph dial is really a very adventurous move from Patek, a manufacture who is absolutely steeped in tradition and doing things a certain, sometimes too serious way.
It’s a playful take on the Aquanaut, a collection in itself that is actually Patek’s most approachable and, shall we say, casual. The dial is black in colour and gleams different and beautiful shades depending on the light.
The chronograph seconds and 60-minute sub-dial hands are orange, as are the minute and second indices. A wonderful visceral touch of the Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph 5968A which may have been overlooked by many is the shape of the sub-dial at 6 o’clock, exactly mimicking that of the piece’s main dial and case shape. The broad-sword shaped hour and minute hands are filled with lume, as are the hour markers.
The addition of the date window at 3 o’clock really emphasises the fact that this watch can certainly be worn as a daily beater.
The Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph 5968A is powered by Patek Philippe’s in-house automatic calibre CH 28-250C, which incorporates the passing hours and minutes, as well as a 60-minute chronograph.
The calibre measures 30mm across and 6.63mm in height, and has a power reserve of up to 55-hours. It’s made up of 308-parts and beats at a very contemporary 4Hz, and the movement is fully visible through the exhibition caseback.
The Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph Ref. 5968A comes with an orange composite rubber strap with an updated clasp, featuring four catches on the steel folding buckle.
For those of you thinking that there may be just a bit too much orange happening, Patek Philippe has given you the option of getting the black rubber strap, too. Overall, the Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph Ref. 5968A’s sporty and very casual nature will certainly draw a very wide audience. It’s got great appeal from an aesthetic perspective, while mechanically it’s very sound.
The Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph Ref. 5968A will be available soon and will cost 38,600 CHF (approx. $39,600 Usd). For more info. on Patek Philippe, Click Here.