With the launch of the new Nautilus ref. 5990/1A Travel Time Chronograph (steel), Patek Philippe is now expanidng its collection. This new model replaced the Ref 5980/1A which was unveiled in 2006 to mark Nautilus’ 30th anniversary.
The new Nautilus has two timezones and 2 hour hands on one axis. The upper, shows the local time and it matches the minutes hand while the lower shows the home-time hand and it’s skeletonized.
When you’re back home, you’ll notice that both hands are superposed. But when you’re away from home, simply adjust the local time hour hand in increments of one hour with minus and plus correctors you can find on the left side of the case.
You’ll see a day/night indication for each hand. The black dial has a light to dark color grade on top of the Nautilus patern that is accented with 10 applied hour markers (luminous) in 18K white gold.
Patek Philippe wanted to add the travel time complication and it did pose quite a challenge. So they had to create a new case design and new movement for it. The ref 5990/1A is equipped with the CH 28-250 C FUS caliber which has a chronograph mechanism with an innovative disk clutch and traditional column wheel. The clutch has the travel time mechanism which dates back to 1959 when they received a patent for it.
He date display along with the local timezone are now found at 12 o’clock instead of on the 3 o’clock for the aperture date in the 5980 Nautilus. This new one is an analog date and the 6 o’clock counter can only tally 60 minutes instead of the original 30.
It has 47 additional parts but it remains quite small at 0.3 mm higher than the original version. Patek replaced the tall Breguet overcoil balance spring with the flat Silinvar Spiromax spring, a proprietary of Patek Philippe.
This all new Patek Nautilus Trvel Time Chronograph has a price tag of $57,300.
Whatever type of watch you want, whether it is a classic, high-tech chronograph, rugged or slimline watch that can be paired with your suits, you should know how the timepiece will show your personality.