Baselworld 2018: Patek Philippe Introduces the Aquanaut Chronograph Ref. 5968A

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The Patek Philippe Art of Watches Grand Exhibition is Available to the public today, and yesterday we had an Chance to walk with No One other than Thierry Stern, the CEO of Patek Philippe.

If you are wondering what the series is similar to, we could definitely state — as the expression goes that it’s “exactly what it says on the tin.” This really is a Grand Exhibition, using an unbelievable array of watches and clocks spanning centuries of production.Of class there’s an amazingly complete selection of contemporary and contemporary Patek Philippe watches ranging from the simple to the complicated, and here Patek has been in a position to try for comprehensiveness with fantastic success — you can see a phenomenal range of Patek Philippe’s more modern manufacturing watches. Additionally, there are two rooms devoted to high complications, such as repeaters, astronomical issues, and Patek’s signature perpetual calendar chronograph watches, with another room devoted to high negative movements (that includes a virtual reality setup that you truly have to attempt; it’s great clean horological entertaining).The exhibition is obviously quite logistically complex and even though it is in theory a regular travel series, it’s been just two years since it last went live (the last time was in London). Visiting the exhibition, you can understand why — it’s located inside the main area of Cipriani 42nd Street, also Patek has constructed two story, building-inside-a-building to home the whole show. A significant feature of the New York edition of this show is the addition of a room housing Pateks that were owned and worn by important American figures in the industry, politics, and the arts and here it is possible to observe watches possessed by such greats like Joe DiMaggio and Duke Ellington, and a clock talented to John F. Kennedy during the Cold War.Patek has not just brought Patek Philippe watches to New York, either.

Like the Nautilus Perpetual Calendar the subject of speculation before Baselworld 2018, the Aquanaut Chronograph Ref. 5968A is a reality.

Priced at under US$45,000, it’s steel and equipped with the CH 28-250 C automatic movement.

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The dial features the Aquanaut’s traditional chequerboard motif, but with a touch of orange.

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The case is 42.2mm in diameter, and is accompanied by two rubber straps: one in black and a spare in orange.

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Price and availability 

The Aquanaut Chronograph Ref. 5968A is priced at US$43,700.