Patek Philippe just announced the newest edition of their Patek Philippe Nautilus – the 5811/1G-001. And though cosmetically the watch is almost identical to its stainless steel predecessor (Ref. 5711), the new Nautilus boasts one key difference: a luxurious 18-karat white gold case and bracelet.
The original steel Nautilus, was introduced for the first time in 1976 as Ref. 3700/1A and at this time the model was among just a handful of luxury timepieces encased in steel. Millions of dollars in sales later, the brand is now repositioning the Nautilus as a more prestigious timepiece. Patek Philippe’s current president, Thierry Stern, said that his decision to move on from steel, at least for the Nautilus, was intended to ensure Patek Philippe’s long-term success.
Other than the white gold case, Patek Philippe has made some more small adjustments to the new Nautilus. The watch sees a slight increase in case size, going from 40mm to now 41mm. It also has a new lockable adjustment system in the bracelet and a new pull-out piece lever system that replaces the split stem. For those who are familiar with the stainless steel 5711, you might notice a richer blue tone on the sunburst dial with black gradation. Last but not least the date window aperture is framed in white gold to match the exterior.
The movement inside the new white gold 5811/1G is the Patek caliber 26-330 S C, the same that came inside the last version of the 5711. And like the 5711, it has a water resistance of 120 meters.
The timepiece is currently priced at $69,785.