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The Swan Song of Patek’s 5711 Sees a New Olive Dial Added to the Collection in Its Last Year of Production

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By Peter Vossner

2021 has been announced by Patek Philippe as the final production year for its iconic stainless steel model Ref. 5711/1A. First launched in 1976, the 45 year old timepiece has stood the test of time, breaking tradition firstly with its choice of stainless steel as a luxury watch offering, then taking the world by storm and standing alone as one of the most coveted watches in the market today.

On the 5711’s swan song, the Genevan manufacture has released a totally new olive green sunburst dial for this icon. This new dial will also be available in a version featuring a bezel set with baguette diamonds. Two other new releases include the Ref. 5990/1 Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph, available in rose gold with a blue sunburst dial, and a new Nautilus Haute Joaillerie with a random full diamond pavé setting.

Ref. 5711/1A-014 Nautilus in new sunburst olive green dial

Olive green, a hue that never existed before in the collection, now adorns the dial of the Nautilus. This elegant shade is emphasized with a gentle sunburst finish that harmonizes with the light reflected from the steel case, enhancing the design with a contemporary facet. It also assures legibility at any time of day or night, creating a perfect contrast against the luminescent hands and hour markers in white gold.

The self-winding caliber 26-330 S C movement powers the Ref. 5711, deployed since 2019 as a spin-off of the caliber 324 S C, and offers several innovations and technical optimizations, especially of the winding system. It also features a stop-seconds mechanism that allows the watch to be set with one-second accuracy.

The new Ref. 5711/1A-014 with the olive green sunburst dial replaces the Ref. 5711/1A-010 with a blue-black gradated dial and joins the Ref. 5711/1R-001 in rose gold in the collection.

Ref. 5711/1300A-001 Nautilus with baguette diamonds

The new Ref. 5711/1300A-001 also with an olive dial, boasts baguette-cut diamonds that are usually only paired with precious metal, decorating the bezel and case. 32 flawless Top Wesselton baguette diamonds (~3.6 ct.) each has a special slightly trapezoidal shape instead of the classic rectangle and is cut to perfectly match the octagonal bezel with the rounded corners.

The Ref. 5711/1300A-001 is water resistant to 120 meters and is endowed with the same new self-winding caliber 26-330 S C as the Ref. 5711/1A-014, and can be viewed through the sapphire-crystal case back.

Ref. 5990/1R-001 Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph in rose gold

Three complications consisting of a flyback chronograph, a Travel Time function (two time zones) and an analog date at 12 o’clock synchronized with local time, come together in the Ref. Ref. 5990/1. Previously available only in stainless steel, it is now offered in a new rose-gold version that contrasts beautifully with the horizontally embossed blue sunburst dial as well as with the hour markers and hands in rose gold with luminous coatings.

Like the case and the bezel, the rose-gold bracelet stands out with alternating polished and satin-brushed finissage. The watch features a patented Patek Philippe fold-over clasp that is secured with four independent catches.

Ref. 7118/1450R-001 Nautilus Haute Joaillerie

From 2013 to 2018, Patek Philippe offered a rose-gold Nautilus model that including the dial was adorned with diamonds in a random pavé setting (also referred to as snow-setting (Ref. 7021/1R-001). 2021 sees a return for this offering, with a new model in rose gold with a diamond snow-setting on the case, the bezel, and the bracelet.

On an enlarged dial of 35.2 mm compared to 33.6 mm for its predecessor, the dial features individual rows of diamonds that exhibit a fine undulated relief, a typical facet of the Nautilus ladies’ collection. A total of 2,553 flawless Top Wesselton brilliant-cut diamonds (~12.69 ct) complete a gleaming look, in a very rare snow-setting technique, also known as random pavé. This approach consists of setting and fixation of diamonds of different sizes with the objective of minimizing the exposure of precious metal between the individual stones. As a result, each watch with a full random pavé becomes a one-of-a-kind piece.

To ensure legibility, the dial features “Alpha” hour and minute hands in luminous rose gold, with the applied Arabic rose-gold numerals luminous as well.

The self-winding caliber 324 S movement decorated with extremely elaborate finissage can be admired through the sapphire-crystal case back.

The 18K rose-gold bracelet is outfitted with a patented Patek Philippe fold-over clasp that is secured with four independent catches.

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