08.07.2021 - Patek Philippe

Introducing the world’s most stunning rose gold watch

It’s like all our Christmases have come at once. Luxe watches now has in stock, a beautiful Patek Philippe Nautilus, reference 5980/1R-001.  And we don’t need to tell you how popular the Nautilus line is. Since it was created in response to Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak in 1976, certain models have been on many a wish-list with fans and collectors prepared to wait decades to get their hands on one. With its classic octagonal bezel inspired by a porthole, it’s certainly a must-have for any sports fans. 

The Chronograph 5980/1R-001,in 18K rose gold, is incredibly wearable with a 40.5mm case and height of 12.2mm. A stunning black to silver gradient dial is the perfect match against the rose gold case and bracelet. All of the indices and the baton hands are luminous so they can be seen in dark or poor light.

This Patek was only made available on a leather strap in its early days but now offers a bracelet which is fairly thin despite being made of solid rose gold.  It is beautifully hand finished, like every Nautilus –  satin brushed on top of the bezel with polished flanks, showing off some meticulous craftsmanship. Each link has been hand finished to a perfect shine, while the clasp features the calatrava cross. When it’s closed it’s incredibly secure.

Powered by an automatic chronograph calibre CH 28-520C, it’s a much more modern movement than some other chronographs Patek has used over the years, with ceramic unlubricated rotor bearings for higher winding efficiency. The calibre is composed of no fewer than 327 parts, 35 jewels and 13 bridges. This is all quite a treat for the eyes, fully visible through the caseback.

But the pièce de résistance of this watch is the chronograph. The monocounter features an hour and minute register located at 6 o’clock. This reduces the crowdedness of the dial that you can sometimes get with multiple registers.This Patek has a pusher corrector for the date as a modern quirk. Because it has a modern vertical clutch, there is no constant seconds indicator but you can leave the chronograph continuously running without wear and tear on the movement. Just ensure you wear it daily to ensure it can top itself up as it will run down more quickly.  

It’s a flyback which is rarely mentioned with this model, so if you switch the bottom button it simply resets itself and keeps going so it’s great for split times and is an excellent feature for a sports watch. The power reserve is around 55 hours depending on whether or not you’re running the chronograph.