Today, Patek Philippe unveiled the horological equivalent of an October surprise by releasing eight significant new timepieces. These watches focus on the legendary Nautilus collection and highlight the brand’s mastery of the chronograph, or stopwatch.
Ref. 5711A, a steel watch with a blue dial in the Nautilus collection, became a cult icon. It had decade-long wait lists and commanded astronomical six- and seven-figure prices at auction and in the secondary market. Patek Philippe discontinued the watch in 2021. President Thierry Stern has said he was tired of the hype surrounding a single steel watch when the brand has 150 watches, many with impressive complications and métiers d’art. Then Patek released two limited editions as a sort of swan song to one of the most famous watches of all time. Ref. 5711A disappeared from the company’s website, and that was that.