When Baselworld 2018 opened its doors, this new watch came as a shock . We might have anticipated that this grand complication should match with the 40th commemoration of this notable model – which occurred two years prior, with the introduction of the Platinum 3-hand 5711/1P and the White Gold Chronograph 5976/1G . All things being equal, Patek chose to stand by two additional years to present the principal fabulous complication in the Nautilus assortment. After the chronograph, the yearly calendar or the movement time, here is the Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar 5740G.
Background – The expansion of complications to the Nautilus
In our books, here at MONOCHROME, the genuine embodiment of the Nautilus is a period just watch, with a prevalent spotlight on the style, the plan, and its novel combination of refined extravagance and energy. The Nautilus was brought into the world with two hands and a date (with the Ref. 3700, planned in 1976 by the late Gerald Genta) and still, the most pined for model in the assortment is its immediate relative, the 3-hander Ref. 5711 . Accordingly, the presence of other complications past the date is sketchy. Notwithstanding, this never forestalled Patek adding something more to the mix.
The first model highlighted with something more than a few hands and a date window was Ref. 3710, presented in 1998 . This model included H/M/S, date and an amazing extra hand situated at 11:30, the winding zone marker (IZR for Indication de Zone de Remontage). However, the watch that really denotes the appearance of complications to the Nautilus case is Ref. 3712 . This watch, with an inexplicable appeal (the showcase is as a matter of fact perhaps the most uneven you can envision), includes little seconds, date/moon stage signs and a force save indicator.
In 2006, when the assortment was completely patched up for the 30th commemoration of the model , we saw the ascent of complicated developments. While the time-and-date variant (presently Ref. 5711) stayed the superstar, Patek proceeded with the 5712, just as another model with a programmed chronograph, the 5980. In 2010, Patek added its unmistakable Annual Calendar complication (protected in 1996) to the Nautilus making ready to more old style complications. Today, the Geneva-based brand goes above and beyond with the primary fabulous complication presented in the Nautilus assortment ( ).
The Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar 5740G
First and preeminent, while the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5740G may include a perpetual calendar it stays a Nautilus completely. No inquiry concerning this. Yes, we can discuss the requirement for such a complication in an extravagance sports watch. Indeed, it feels very odd to have a particularly conventional showcase in a watch that was intended to be really cutting edge. Be that as it may, on numerous levels, the Nautilus 5740G stays consistent with the first idea planned by Genta in 1976.
As referenced, it is the first occasion when that Patek Philippe gets this conventional and exemplary regarding mechanics for the Nautilus. The chronograph is reasonable, as we’re talking sports watches, the yearly calendar has the advantages of its innovation, yet the QP is important for the profoundly customary “holy grail” complications, together with the split-seconds chronograph, the tourbillon or the moment repeater (and we earnestly accept we won’t be seeing these last two in the Nautilus case soon). So… Does a perpetual calendar bodes well in a Nautilus? Unbiasedly, no. What’s more, simultaneously, the outcome turns out only great as this new complication doesn’t corrupt or meddle with the first concept.
The essential thought behind the Nautilus was to combine an advanced, easygoing and sportier appeal to the conventional refined, thin clothing of a genuine Patek Philippe. In this point of view, the new Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar 5740G regards the codes. The case is indistinguishable from a period and-date Ref. 5711, both fit as a fiddle, execution and (in particular) of extents. While Patek showed that it very well may be excessively liberal with the 44mm chronograph 5976/1G made for the 40th commemoration , the QP 5740G stays consistent with the 40mm distance across (from 10 to 4 o’clock). Additionally, the case is scarcely thicker than the two notable steel models, with a 8.42mm thickness versus 8.30mm for the 5711A and 8.52mm for the 5712A. To put it plainly, the QP module added to type 240 is basically not noticeable case-wise.
The rest of the watch is unadulterated Nautilus. Despite the fact that this Nautilus Perpetual Calendar 5740G is made of 18k white gold (implying that it’s rather substantial, no doubt), we discover the trademark adjusted ears on each side of the dial, the combination of brushed and cleaned surfaces, the incorporated arm band with cleaned focal connections and the notorious octagonal bezel – molded like an opening. Nautilus, as far as possible. Being somewhat more sensitive, the case is water-impervious to 60m, despite the fact that it includes a screw-down crown – simply like the 5712.
No need to make reference to that the nature of the execution of both the case and the arm band is verifiable, yet nobody would have expected in an unexpected way. Note that the 5740G initiates another overlap over catch, with security press catches and another design.
As for the dial, we were fairly doubtful when we originally saw the official pictures – you can see them here . Some of them appeared as though the dial was light blue in shading. The outcome is significantly more engaging in the tissue. The dial of the Nautilus Perpetual Calendar 5740G is to be sure lighter then the one found on the 5711 for example, and significantly more blue. However, it is additionally very appealing. To begin with, it shows the notable furrowed example just as the mark hands and markers of the assortment. Then, with the 3-6-9 format, this watch feels adjusted and shockingly not very occupied. The incorporation of the QP show is accomplished.
Regarding the tone, this dial has an astonishingly metallic feel and can go from light metallic blue to dim naval force, contingent upon the encompassing light and the point. It is significantly more fun loving than the press pictures show.
Display-wise, no curve balls. We discover Patek’s signature perpetual calendar module, with a conventional design – the QP module is the equivalent as the 5940 or the 5140.
- Hours and minutes on the focal axis
- Month and jump year at 3 o’clock
- Date and moon stage at 6 o’clock
- Day of the week and 24h sign at 9 o’clock
Powering the Nautilus Perpetual Calendar 5740G is type 240 Q, a super slender development made, thinking back to the 1970s that is as yet a foundation in Patek’s assortments. Enjoyably molded, level gratitude to its miniature rotor, it is luxuriously embellished and confirmed by the Patek Philippe Seal – for the two its execution and its accuracy. Regardless of whether it is pushing forty or more, it has been redesigned with a few current highlights, for example, the Gyromax balance and the Spiromax balance spring. As consistently with this development, there are a couple of defects: the adjustment of the relative multitude of signs is done by means of recessed press catches for the situation groups and the force save (min. 38 hours-max. 48 hours) is rather short compared to current standards.
So what to think about the Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar 5740G? There’s no uncertainty about the nature of the execution. This watch is a show of Patek Philippe’s savoir-faire: meager, intense, entirely completed, adjusted, complex and eventually, alluring. Obviously, it isn’t great (power hold and various correctors). The inquiry is more about the pertinence of a QP in a Nautilus. Regardless of whether our hearts will consistently have an inclination for the first 5711 (or the 3700), the perpetual calendar doesn’t feel inappropriate in the Nautilus setting and Patek offers another lead to its notable assortment that is amicable, uncommon and super sumptuous – without being ostentatious.
The Nautilus Perpetual Calendar 5740G is a costly watch and retails for CHF 105,000 or EUR 108,020. There’s a ton of gold, that’s without a doubt. However, we’re talking very good quality, Haute Horlogerie costs here, which won’t be an over the top issue for authorities attempting to nail down one of these slippery models. More subtleties on patek.com .