Since 1976, Patek Philippe’s Nautilus has brought forward unconventional designs with its stainless steel, porthole-inspired case, and smoothly rounded octagonal bezel shape. However, recognizability is crucial in being an industry leader and beloved by connoisseurs when it comes to luxury. This is where the Swiss watch manufacturer stands prestigiously at the top, holding some of the world’s most coveted and valued timepieces even when designs go against the grain. Hence one of their famous mottos, “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.”
Despite the non-traditional look of the Nautilus, its role to fill a void in producing a sportier watch that would appeal to new generations was a true success. With its growing popularity through the decades, the Ref. 5711 model remains highly favored since its 2006 introduction. Fast forward to Watches and Wonders Geneva 2021, when Patek Philippe announced that 2021 would be the final production year of the adored stainless steel 5711/1A, we definitely felt a sting in our hearts. Still, the Swiss watchmaker planned a proper farewell.
Unveiled was a magnificent olive green dial with a majestic sheen that will quickly propel this final model into a cult following for years to come. You’ll find the watch finished off with a transparent sapphire crystal backing to show the self-winding caliber — a masterpiece of 212 parts and 30 jewels with a 21 karat gold central rotor. While some avid collectors may feel heartbroken to see this era of design end, it’s worth seeing the final celebratory timepiece.