Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar 5740/1G
The 5740/1G perfectly interprets the complications of a modern Patek Philippe, demonstrating the etiquette that haute horlogerie connoisseurs know and love. Since we're talking about Nautilus, it's hard to miss the latest headlines. Patek Philippe headquarters has directly confirmed that the Nautilus 5711/1A has been discontinued. Yes, you see what I mean. Patek Philippe will stop making the coveted Nautilus 5711 steel watch. (Although the rose gold version is still in production).
As predicted, the already sky-high price went even higher, into the gray market stratosphere. If you thought the demand for the 5711 was crazy, the discontinuation of the 5711 only made it more popular. Those on the waiting list may be out of luck if they haven't received a call informing them of its arrival. The only option left is to acquire it on the secondary market. Six figures of stainless steel sports figures.
Patek Philippe is expected to release the 5711/1A replacement at Watches & Wonders in April 2021. Rumor has it that Patek Philippe will not replace the 5711 with an updated stainless steel version, but a titanium successor with a larger 42mm case size. However, the 5711 is not in focus today. The focus is on its sophisticated sibling, the Nautilus Perpetual Calendar 5740/1G, which, in my opinion, has slept the most since its debut.
The 5740/1G perfectly embodies Patek Philippe's craftsmanship: thin, bold, sophisticated, perfectly finished and balanced.
Ultimate Nautilus, Period Gerald Genta's designs (Royal Oak and Nautilus), despite being an outlier when they were first introduced in the 1970s, are among the most iconic watches on the market today.
In the early 2010s, Nautilus had been missing out on a supercomplication model, while Audemars Piguet was a huge success with its Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar and Supercomplication.
At Baselworld 2018, Patek Philippe surprised many with the launch of the 5740. After the chronograph, annual calendar and travel time, the Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar 5740G is the most complicated Nautilus watch in the current family.
But when you think about it, it makes perfect sense for Patek Philippe to launch the first large complication in the Nautilus collection. After all, despite the hype surrounding the steel sport model, don't forget that Grand Complications are what Patek Philippe does best, not Nautilus. Unassuming, this Nautilus Perpetual Calendar is harmonious, rare and luxurious.
When I first saw this watch in press photos, I knew it would be the Holy Grail of the modern Nautilus (provided, of course, that I had the money to buy one). Unconventional, of course, but Patek Philippe has combined two great components in the 5740 - the Nautilus case shape and the Calibre 240 Q.
Despite its complexity, the Nautilus 5740/1G remains true to the original concept of the Genta design without detracting from or interfering with the original design. The end result of the 5740/1G is one of the most classic designs ever built, complementing a typical Patek Philippe movement.
Patek Philippe QP Module Calibre 240 Q The QP (Quantième Perpétuel - Perpetual Calendar in French) is part of the highly traditional "Holy Grail" complication manufactured by Patek Philippe, along with the split-seconds chronograph, tourbillon and minute repeater.
The QP module Calibre 240 Q is an ultra-thin movement found in the 5740 in the 1970s, the same movement in the Ref 5940, upgraded with several modern features such as the Gyromax balance and the Spiromax balance spring. The Calibre 240 Q is powered by a micro-rotor made of 22k yellow gold and engraved with the Patek Philippe Calatrava cross and the iconic Côtes de Genève pattern.
In case you didn't know, this is the thinnest perpetual calendar Patek Philippe currently produces (just 8.42mm thick), and it's not even a dress watch. That's a remarkable feat for a sport full of so much complexity. Like all Patek Philippe pieces, this movement has a range of fine finishes, including chamfered and polished edges for the bridges.
The iconic perpetual calendar in the Nautilus case Reference 5740G is a solid 18k white gold Nautilus with a recognizable QP layout on the dial showing month, day, date, leap year, moon phase and 24-hour cycle. While the complications are new, this watch is a nautilus through and through - it has the classic blue dial with horizontal ribbing, luminous applied markers and hands, and a mix of brushed and polished finishes that give the watch so much vibrancy .
The moon phase complication deviates from the actual position of the moon by only one day every 122 years. The corrector buttons for the calendar are located symmetrically on the lugs and on one of the "ears" of the case.
Part of the charm is a feature the 5740 shares with its Nautilus siblings, the framed dial with the porthole aperture, providing an attractive alternative to the ubiquitous round window. With a 3-6-9 dial layout, the 5740 feels balanced without being too busy. Compared to the 5712, the dial is definitely more symmetrical.
50 shades of blue
Compared to the photo, the light blue PVD coated dial is more attractive in the flesh. The impressive metallic blue is lighter than the gradient blue on the steel nautilus, making it attractive in a variety of lights. The blue on the dial transitions from light metallic blue to dark navy, depending on ambient light and angle.
The gradient sunburst pattern on the dial is similar to the 40th anniversary limited edition Nautilus collection. The baton hands and the applied white gold indexes are treated with Superluminova.
The Nautilus Design We Adore The case is identical to the much sought-after 5711 in terms of case shape and proportions. They could have kept the case size of the 44mm chronograph 5976/1G built for the 40th anniversary, but thankfully they didn't. The fact that the watch is 40mm in diameter and only 8.32mm thick is astounding.
Being a solid precious metal watch with an integrated bracelet means it will be heavier than its steel sibling, but that's a plus point in my opinion. If you have a steel nautilus on hand, you'll know what I mean.
As expected, the execution quality of the case and bracelet is unmistakable, and the 5740G introduces a new folding clasp. Combining a high-polished central link with satin-finished side links, the one-piece bracelet features a new folding clasp design with four separate clasps that prevent accidental release of either of the two clasp sections.
final thoughts In the esoteric world of fine watchmaking, we are all grateful for the existence of horological etiquette. Tradition is maintained and found in most of the brands we love, and craftsmanship is not detracted from some rude expedient (there are of course some exceptions).
While Patek Philippe still offers traditionally styled dress watches, modern timepieces with a modern twist have inspired innovation in the watch industry. Patek Philippe ownership goes beyond conferred functionality and invites its owners to absorb painstaking attention to detail and unparalleled craftsmanship.
The 5740 combines casual sportiness with technical sophistication, demonstrating what the leaders of the haute horlogerie industry do best. The case is slender and luxurious, yet sturdy and durable, making it the perfect watch to wear every day and appreciate its beauty.
Any Patek Philippe collector or watch lover will succumb to its charm. It is a slim timepiece with an exceptional complication, self-winding movement and unparalleled finishing (finishing). This coveted timepiece is an example of contemporary design, but retains the uncompromising traditional craftsmanship of the Geneva independent brand.
Model: Nautilus Perpetual Calendar Reference number: 5740/1G-001 Movement: Caliber 240 Q, hours, minutes, 24-hour dial, perpetual calendar with month, day, date, leap year indicator and moon phases, 38-48 hour power reserve Case material: 18k white gold, diameter 40mm, height 8.42mm Dial color: blue, applied baton and Arabic numerals, luminous hour markers Water resistance: 60 meters Strap/Bracelet: One-piece white gold bracelet