Patek Philippe appeals to a wide range of watch aficionados, but the Aquanaut Chronograph, in particular, has found a certain affinity with the younger crowd thanks to this sportier profile. In 2021, Patek Philippe is building on that affinity with a set of white gold references with a blue and a khaki-green dial.
Previous models of the Aquanaut were made of stainless steel, and while the new cases are of 18k gold, they still measure the same 42.2mm. The case measures just 11.9mm thick, which is pretty impressive considering that the case holds an automatic chronograph. For this new version, Patek Philippe is losing the flanged case sides at 3 and 9 o’clock and replacing them with wide crown guards.
The rounded octagonal bezel remains (which was inspired by the Nautilus), as does the embossed checkerboard pattern on the dial and in the strap. The integrated bracelet features tapering athletic lugs. The case back is a sapphire display. The Aquanaut lives up to its sporty name with 120-meter water resistance.
The new dials aren’t the only new colours for the Aquanaut. Instead of the orange accents from previous models, Patek Philippe went with white printing. The numerals and hands a coated in lumen and glow bright green in the dark. A 60-minute chronograph is located at 6 o’clock, which has the same rounded octagonal shape as the bezel. Powering the hands and the subdial is the CH 28-520 C automatic vertical clutch flyback chronograph movement. The movement is in-house, and is topped with a 21k yellow gold signed rotor.
The watches come on straps made of a composite material that is resistant to wear, saltwater, and UV radiation The straps match either the blue or the khaki-green dial and fasten with a fold-over clasp made of 18k white gold. Both watches are priced at USD$69,194.