Patek Philippe is a brand that stands out among collectors and horology enthusiasts. Since 1839 the company has consistently delivered on high end luxury watches in limited production runs. There are five distinctions that make a Patek Philippe high in value and demand. The first is quality. Fine craftsmanship is poured into each piece using premium materials, innovative design and individual attention for each watch that is built by the artisans. Each is intended to be a masterpiece in its own right and they have been successful in reaching this goal. The second is aesthetic. Most Patek Philippe pieces are understated yet classy with remarkable visual appeal. They exude elegance and lavish charm as well as being comfortable to wear.
Each watch is known for retaining its value and in many cases, gaining through time when preserved in mint or near mint condition. Due to limitations on production numbers there is a scarcity of Patek Philippe watches. This adds to their collectability and has a tendency to increase the monetary value. They are a good bet for investment strategists who prefer to stockpile tangible goods. Finally, the brand has established a solid reputation in the horological community. We’re going to take a look at what Patek Philippe Watches have to offer with the five new models to check out in 2017.
1. Nautilus 5711/1P
The first Nautilus appeared in 1976 with a 42mm case which earned it the nickname Jumbo. The 2017 edition features a 44.05mm case for those craving a larger wristwatch. The case is all platinum and the 1P refers to the high rating diamond you’ll notice on the six o clock position of the bezel. The bracelet maintains the same Gerald Genta design in platinum with polished center links and brushed links to the side.
The case is all platinum with 18 karat white gold for the minute and hour hands which are crafted in a baton style. The second hand is composed of rhodium plated brass. The dial is a made of 18k yellow gold which has been treated with PVD blue.
The Nautilus is powered by a Patek Philippe 324 SC automatic movement which is featured in many of the brand’s watches. The time is displayed with the date at three o clock compliments of a white date wheel and central seconds. The power reserve is estimated in the range of thirty five to forty five hours.
The 40th anniversary edition of the Nautilus is offered for a selling price of $170,000 USD.
The 5712R-001 Nautilus Rose Gold SEALED which goes for a starting price of $38,500 features the same movement with a case of Pink gold material and a leather bracelet. The Nautilus is also available in a steel case for a price of $51,439 in USD.
2. Patek Philippe 5167R-001 Aquanaut
The Aquanaut made its first appearance in 1997 as a derivative of the Nautilus. Several versions of the Aquanaut have been produced with the Jumbo being the largest model to date.
Patek Philippe 5167R-001 Aquanaut Jumbo Rose Gold
The Aquanaut Jumbo Rose Gold is powered by the Patek Philippe automatic movement. The dial is designed with a slate waffle pattern which featues luminescent markers and arabic numreals.
The case is made of pink gold material with a rubber bracelet. The Jumbo Rose Gold is aailable for a price of $40,364.
The 2017 Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167A-001 has a stainless steel case measuring 40mm and also comes with a rubber strap. The date is placed at three o clock with cneter seconds and a sapphire crystal glass for each of the models. The power reserve for each model is forty five hours. The price of the steel case Aquanaut is $$18,795 USD.
3. Patek Philippe 7200/200R001 Calatrava
This model is the newest Calatrava produced in 2017. It is powered with an automatic movement. The case is made of Pink gold materials. The bracelet is crafted of crocodile skin materials for a sportier appearance. The selling price for this edition is $32,400.
Patek Philippe Calatrava Annual Calendar Moon Phase Rose Gold 5396R
This model is another new piece for 2017. It comes with a Pink gold case as a unisex edition. You’ll also find the crocodile skin bracelet and the moon phase feature postioned at the six o clock marker in a spherical casing that is unobtrusive and quite aesthetically pleasing. The cost is $36,636 USD.
Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time (5524G)
The Pilot Travel Time edition of the Calatrava features a case of White gold with the same automatic movement as found in the other Calatravas. The bracelet maintains the crocodile skin strap. This version of the Calatrava sells for $51,813 USD.
4. Patek Philippe 5270R-001 Grand Complications
Of course the Grand Complications is back for 2017. It is powered by a manual winding movement. The case and bezel materials are gold and steel. The case measures 41mm. The dial is white and the sapphire crystal combines with the design for tremendous legibility. Sapphire is a hard gemstone that comes in second in hardness only to a diamond. It is highly scratch and crack resistant. The power reserve is 65 hours. The bracelet is made of brown crocodile skin material with a gold and steel double fold clasp. thiss model is also available in a rose gold option. The retail price is $105,000 USD.
The Ref. No. 6102p-001 edition features an automatic movement and a case of platinum. The retail price for this version is $252,000.
5. Patek Philippe 5930G World Time Chronograph
The World Time Chronograph (5930G-001) 2017 edition is powered with the Caliber CH 28-520 HU automatic movement with thirty eight jewels and a forty eigt hour power reserve. The cae is made of wite gold and has a thickness of ten mm. The bezel materials are also white gold. The dial is blue and teh watch is water resistantt up to three ATM. The strap is made of crocodile skin for a comfortable fit with a white gold fold clasp.The watch features a chronograph function for enthusiasts who prefer the classy form and function of this type. The retail price for the World Time Chronograph is between $85,000 and $100,000 USD.