The new Nautilus 5811 by Patek Philippe isn’t the only news of the day, as there are three further references under the Nautilus name. Although today’s release of the long-awaited 5711 replacement will undoubtedly steal the spotlight from the other “Nautilus class of 2022” models, rest assured, there’s plenty to be discovered with Patek’s super-luxurious take on the charmingly unbalanced 5712. Introducing the new 5712/1R in full rose gold and with a delicious chocolate brown dial.
As a true horological icon with a cult-like status perhaps only rivalled by the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, the Patek Philippe Nautilus needs little introduction. This luxury sports watch was first introduced in 1976 and has seen many iterations since. When news broke that the 5711 was being discontinued a little over a year ago, the rumour mill started churning. What would Patek do with its classical steel-and-blue sports watch? The answer is the white gold 5811/1G-001 released today. Alongside it comes this 5712/1R-001, with its combination of practical and astronomical indications in the familiar Nautilus suit.
The new 5712 in rose gold comes in a 40mm diameter case with a height of 8.52mm. Considering the amount of mechanical prowess resting underneath the dial, the slim height remains ever-impressive. The case shows a mix of brushed and polished surfaces and has a sapphire crystal on top and a second one covering the movement around the back. With a water-resistance of 60 meters, it should be considered splash-proof, but I can’t imagine anyone taking this for a jump in the pool anyway.
New to the 5712 is a gradient dial in a rich chocolate brown tone, with the signature horizontal grooves running across it. The applied indices are rose gold and have a central strip of luminescent material. The hands are also rose gold, again with a luminous centre. Spread across the dial are the power reserve display in the upper left corner, the moon phase and date indication in the lower left corner, and the small seconds in the lower right corner. Although the various displays differ in size, it works surprisingly well, although the asymmetry might be off-putting to some.
The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712/1R is fitted with the calibre Patek 240 PS IRM C LU, which is, of course, made in-house. This bears the Patek Seal of quality and comprises 265 components in total, including 29 jewels. The movement is wound with a micro-rotor and runs at a frequency of 21,600vph. With no less than 11 bridges, it’s a rather complex construction, but everything is finished to the highest standards. The indications include central hours and minutes, small seconds, power reserve, moon phase, and the date.
Worn on an integrated rose gold bracelet with a folding clasp with a comfort release system, the 5712/1R will undoubtedly have a good bit of heft. With a retail price of EUR 82,100, it’s also far from affordable, and with the current market situation, it is destined to become yet another rare, unobtainable piece.
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