Elevated Cool: Introducing the Patek Philippe Aquanaut Ref. 5168G with Khaki Green Dial
What does it take to up the ante of an icon to give it a younger and more dynamic spin? In the case of the Patek Philippe Aquanaut – a progression from the super coveted Nautilus – it meant rejigging the Nautilus by replacing its integrated bracelet and ears on the case sides with a composite strap and a cleaner profile.
Since the men’s Aquanaut was introduced in 1997 in steel and gold with smaller 36 mm dimensions, this Patek classic has evolved to spawn a number of variations, each one equally appealing and eye-catching.
In marking the Aquanaut’s 20th anniversary, Patek presented it in white gold for the very first timewith a bold and its biggest-ever case size of 42.2 mm, paired with a midnight-blue dial and strap.
At last year’s Baselworld, the white gold “Jumbo” Aquanaut version returned with a head-turning appearance in a khaki green colour scheme, injected with great verve and spirit yet remaining super refined and classy.
Its signature rounded octagonal case, echoing that of the Nautilus, benefits aesthetically from both polished and satin finishes, just as its bezel is juxtaposed with vertically satin-finished flats and polished flanks.
Distinguished as a Patek sports watch, the Aquanaut’s dial boasts an embossed checkerboard patternas a base that complements the luminescent white gold applied Arabic numerals, applied five-minute markers, and baton-style hour and minute hands. To complete the time and date indications are a sweep seconds hand and a date aperture at 3 o’clock.
To catch a glimpse of the timepiece’s inner workings, flip over to its sapphire-crystal caseback for a reveal of the elegant self-winding manufacture movement that orchestrates the Aquanaut’s narration of time. With its 3.3 mm height, the slimness of the calibre perpetuates the watch’s sheer finesse and performance courtesy of its 120 m water-resistance.
The composite strap in matching khaki green shade that is ultra-resistant to traction, wear, salt water and ultra-violet radiation, features the new patented Aquanaut fold-over clasp that optimises its security whenever it is opened and closed.