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Patek Philippe Aquanaut Ref. 5168G

Marina Milojević | 04.10.17 | 04:07 AM

BaselWorld 2017

In 2017, the house of Patek Philippe celebrates the 20th birthday of its sporty Aquanaut collection, which was introduced at BaselWorld in 1997. To mark this special occasion, Patek Philippe introduces the Aquanaut Ref. 5168G, a casually chic, contemporary men’s watch, crafted from 18-karat white gold. The new Aquanaut is a perfect blend of elegant nobility and rugged masculinity. This is the first men’s Aquanaut wristwatch in white gold, and also the largest model in the line. With its 42mm in diameter, the watch pays tribute to the original 1976 Nautilus that was nicknamed Jumbo.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Ref. 5168G

The latest Aquanaut remains faithful to the collection’s recognizable DNA. Same as all Aquanaut and Nautilus models, it features the gently rounded octagonal bezel with vertically satin-finished flats and chamfered polished flanks. What’s new is the night blue hue of the dial and the strap, the shade that graduates from bright in the center to black toward the outside.  Finely embossed with a checkerboard pattern, the blue dial provides an elegant backdrop for applied Arabic numerals in white gold. The numbers and indices are coated in SuperLuminova, which allows them to stay visible in the dark.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Ref. 5168G

Another interesting thing about this watch is that the luminous five-minute markers are set by hand appliques in 18K white gold. As a final touch, sharp-tipped luminous baton hands for the hours and minutes are paired with a slender, counterbalanced and white-lacquered parfil seconds hand in bronze.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Ref. 5168G

Back of the case is fitted with a sapphire crystal that provides a glimpse of the self-winding caliber 324 S C movement. This in-house mechanism features a heavy central rotor in 21K gold, bridges decorated with Geneva striping, gold-filled engravings, as well as round-chamfered and polished edges that highlight the outlines of the individual bridges. The movement is composed of 213 components and 29 jewels. It beats at a frequency of 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour (4 Hz), and provides between 35 and 45 hours of power reserve. The movement is fitted " with an innovative Spiromax® balance spring made of Silinvar®. It has an extremely impressive rate accuracy with a tolerance of only -1 to +2 seconds per day.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Ref. 5168G

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Ref. 5168G is water resistant to 120 meters of depth. The watch is held on a strap made from water- UV- and abrasion-resistant composite material with checkerboard embossing to match the dial. The night blue strap is held to the wrist by a double-security fold-over clasp in white gold.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Ref. 5168G

The Patek Philippe Aquanaut ref. 5168G priced at $38,557. For more information on availability, please visit patek.com.

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