Meet the hippest Aquanaut yet.
Since its inception in 1997, the Aquanaut collection has only had the dual time zone display as far as complications go.
This has changed at Baselworld 2018, with the introduction of the first chronograph in the Aquanaut family. The new Ref. 5968A-001 is powered by the self-winding Calibre CH 28-520 C/528 movement, which comes with a flyback chronograph that’s column wheel actuated and vertically clutched.
To maintain a clean, legible dial, the sole sub-dial on the watch is the minute totalizer that marks up to 60 minutes – the watch does not have a running seconds display, the chronograph seconds hand can function as such.
The addition of a completely new complication to the Aquanaut line aside, Patek Philippe fans will also be pleased with the bright and bold look that Ref. 5968A-001 sports.
The defining traits of the Aquanaut remain, notably the Nautilus inspired rounded octagonal bezel and embossed pattern on the dial. The standouts of the new look, are the chronograph hands that have been rendered in bright orange, alongside the minute tracks running around the main and sub-dials. This is arguably the brightest, liveliest Aquanaut yet – or any Patek Philippe for that matter – and will definitely appeal to a younger audience with a penchant for punchier designs.
Ref. 5968A-001 will be delivered with two straps; its black rubber strap imparts a more technical look, while its orange counterpart complements the dial’s accents for a brighter, bolder aesthetic.