Patek Philippe’s iconic Nautilus gets a green dial
The big news in the world of Patek is that 2021 will represent the last production year of the Nautilus stainless steel model Ref. 5711/1A, which was first presented with a blue black gradated dial in 2006 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of this iconic sports watch.
To mark the end of an era, the Swiss manufacture has introduced an olive green sunburst dial version of the popular timepiece, which will also be available with a bezel set with baguette diamonds.
A hue that has never existed before in the Nautilus collection, the elegant olive green is emphasised with a gentle sunburst finish that harmonises with the light reflected from the steel case. It also assures legibility at any time of day or night, creating a cool contrast against the luminescent hands and hour markers in white gold.
The prominent contours of the Nautilus are underscored by the subtle interplay of satin-brushed and polished finissage on the bezel, case and bracelet. The case is water resistant to 120m and features the self-winding calibre 26-330 S C movement, which has been powering the Ref. 5711 since 2019. It also features a stop-seconds mechanism that enables the watch to be set with one-second accuracy. patek.com
Chopard revisits an iconic piece from the 1990s with Happy Sport the First
A sports watch based on a unique combination of steel and diamonds, Happy Sport initially made its debut back in 1993 and immediately attracted attention for the free-fall diamonds on its dial and distinctive pebble-link bracelet. With its Happy Diamonds campaign, the brand has revisited this model with Happy Sport the First: two 1,993 and 788-piece limited-edition re-releases of the very first watch presented when the collection was launched. Both pay homage to their iconic predecessor, faithfully replicating the seven dancing diamonds in the watch dial and steel bracelet. But there’s some innovation too: check out the new case in Lucent Steel A223 redesigned in a 33mm diameter ratio, and the manufactured Chopard 09.01-C movement with automatic winding.
Eight new references are also joining the collection: four two-tone watches featuring a Lucent Steel A223 case embellished with ethical 18-carat rose gold, three entirely crafted from ethical 18-carat rose gold available on a leather strap or metal bracelet and an eighth version in ethical 18-carat white gold entirely set with diamonds. chopard.com
Starry, Starry Night
Franck Muller releases four new novelties to coincide with WPHH
Renowned for its striking, highly complicated watches, Franck Muller is also the only watch maker to host its own annual watch fair, the World Presentation of Haute Horologie. To coincide with this year’s event, it released four timepieces, including the Cielo, which features a blue dial in natural blue aventurine, a semi-precious stone that glitters in the light. The collection name is inspired by the deep blue hue of aventurine stone, which resembles the deep blue of the night sky, while its twinkling numerals are like stars.
The technical challenge of the collection lay in the delicate machining of the thin dial, which is a slender 0.6mm (dials are usually around 0.9mm). It was intentionally reduced to bring a very slight transparency to create a lighter blue hue. The stone was then drilled to hand-set the diamonds, which resemble index markers. The Cielo’s open back enable the wearer to admire the hand-engraved automatic movement, which has a 42-hour power reserve.
The Cielo collection is available with one or two rows of diamonds on the case and different diameters (36mm, 39mm and 42mm) to suit all wrists. The Cielo collection is also available with a white mother-of-pearl dial.
Other new watches for women include the Vanguard Rose Skeleton and Double Mystery Peony, while the Grand Central Cintree Curvex shines a spotlight on the tourbillon placed at the centre of the timepiece. franckmuller.com
Best of British
Bremont partners with Jaguar on a timepiece to mark the E-type’s 60th anniversary
It’s been 60 years since the Jaguar E-type was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show and this iconic sports car made the world’s motoring community stop in their tracks. The 265 bhp, 3.8 litre straight-six engine delivered a top speed of more 150 mph with a price tag of just half an Aston Martin or a Ferrari – and it looked good too. Famously described as, “the most beautiful car ever made” by Enzo Ferrari, the Jaguar E-type epitomised the glamour and excitement of the swinging 60s.
To celebrate this milestone anniversary, Bremont has debuted two limited edition 43mm E-type Jaguar chronographs with different-coloured Bezels – 60 in green and 60 in grey – alongside Bremont’s first ever rally timer. The rally timer integrates two mechanical instruments, a stopwatch with a tachymeter on the left and clock with sub-seconds on the right. Both are mounted on an engine-turned back-plate, which can be displayed on a desktop stand or fitted into a customer’s car.
The limited-edition chronos draw direct inspiration from the car, featuring a black dial inspired by the E-type’s instrument gauges. The chamfered hour and minute hands replicate the car’s tachometer needle while the bezel and strap colours match the E-type 60 Edition pantones of Flat Out Grey and Drop Everything Green. The Trip-Tick watch case is constructed from circular brushed stainless steel with polished bevels on the lugs and a winding crown engraved with the pattern of the Dunlop racing tyres fitted to the E-type in the 60s. Turning the watches over reveals a further reference to the car with an automatic winding rotor taking the form of a miniaturisation of an alloy-spoked E-type steering wheel. bremont.com