As surprising as it gets, this is the first time the iconic Nautilus receives such a complicated movement. It already features annual calendars, several chronographs, a weird display on the 5712, but never Genta’s brainchild has been offered with one of Patek’s signature “grande complication” movements, the 240 Perpetual Calendar.
While what made the Nautilus a Nautilus is still present – octagonal case shaped like a porthole, integrated bracelet, horizontally grooved dial – this new Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar 5740G shows several updates. First of all, as the new flagship of the collection, this Nautilus QP will (for now) only be available in precious metal – meaning here 18K white gold. You can count on a 18K rose gold with brown dial sooner or later too.
The case remains perfectly proportioned, with a 40mm diameter and a thin profile, at 8.42mm. The bracelet, integrated to the case, is also made in 18k white gold – expect this watch to be quite heavy on the wrist, but still thin and elegant. Patek had the good idea not to go for the larger 42mm case introduced on the 40th anniversary edition.
What’s new then? Well, obviously the mechanics, as the Nautilus 5740G incorporates a perpetual calendar, with the classical 3-register display – month and leap year at 3 o’clock, moon and date at 6 o’clock and day-of-the-week and 24h indication at 9 o’clock. Hours and minutes are shown in the center, and as usual with the Calibre 240, no second hand is featured.
The dial is also new, with a light blue color, to match the cold tone of the white gold case. The pattern applied on the dial – horizontal grooves – is identical to the rest of the collection. Hands and indexes, both in white gold, are 100% equal to other Nautilus watches.
Under the hood is the also iconic calibre 240 Q, a movement that has powered perpetual calendars for decades. Thanks to its micro-rotor mechanism, it is thin and that can be directly seen on the case. No evolution for the movement, which still incorporates Gyromax and Spiromax technologies and is certified by the Patek Seal.
The Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar 5740G will be soon available, even as usual, getting your hands on one example will be difficult. Price is set at CHF 105,000. More on patek.com.