At Baselworld 2015, for the first time ever, Patek Philippe introduced a Patek Philippe Jumbo …
One of the new 2015 Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1R replica watches is an all 18k rose gold version of the Nautilus known as the ref. 5177/1R – more specifically, the 5711/1R-001 – and here it is in the flesh.
While the original Gerald Genta-designed Patek Philippe Nautlilus watches were in steel, since then, Patek Philippe has, of course, produced various versions in gold. Many of those models have more complicated movements or are paired to leather straps. With the 2015 Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1R, we get a full 18k rose gold bracelet and 40mm-wide case. The side flanks allow the Nautilus to wear on the larger side, but it is true that from a dimensional standpoint, the Nautilus is not a large watch. Then again, that 40mm wide dimension doesn’t take into consideration the side flanks. The case is water resistant to 120 meters.
If you would have asked me the same question in 2014, I would have delivered an unequivocal “no” answer. The entire theme that Patek Philippe is going for these days is classic looks and traditional design. There is very little place in the brand for modern sports rose gold Patek Philippe Nautilus copy watches. Yes, ignore for a moment the existence of the Nautilus and its smaller brother the Aquanaut – and look at the rest of Patek’s watch family. You see a lot of long-sleeve watches and not much else at the house of Patek Philippe. Then again, if you would have asked me the same question after Baselworld 2015, I might have changed my mind – but just a bit. If you recall, Patek Philippe released the controversial Calatrava Pilot Travel Time 5524 watch that, while not modern looking, is in fact a sports watch (albeit in 18k white gold).
Patek Philippe is a brand mostly known for its immaculately conservative mechanical timepieces that hearken to the past as well as high auction results. While the Patek Philippe Nautilus isn’t exactly a niche model given its popularity, when seeing this new version of the high-end sports watch, I couldn’t help but think to myself, “would Patek Philippe come out with the Nautilus watch today?”
While the 18k rose gold Patek Philippe Nautilus isn’t for everyone, and it is very expensive, it does satisfy and offers an almost unparalleled level of style and prestige.
In rose gold, the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1R-001 is rather distinct from steel versions of the Nautilus. It looks great, and in some sense, much more “Patek luxury” than the steel version. Purists will likely complain that there is simply no reason for the Nautilus to be in gold and that there is nothing wrong with the steel version.
But yeah, purists complain about most things. If you want the most “rich” Patek Philippe sport watch experience, then you want a gold Patek Philippe replica watch – and you want it on a matching gold bracelet.