Patek Philippe’s full model number for this specific White Dial Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph Replica Watch is 5980/1A-019. The ‘019’ refers to the white dial, an eye-catching evolution of the Nautilus dial that was premiered by Patek Philippe on the Nautilus chrono, a three-hand classic Nautilus, and an annual calendar moonphase Nautilus.
A word of definition here: I’m discounting finicky timepieces like the Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph Replica Watch, and I’m also leaving out muscular watches made by brands that normally create ‘fine’ timepieces—the Breguet Type XX, for example. To fit into my category, you’ve got to be a very special animal indeed. It’s like a really buff guy who also happens to be MD of a multinational corporation. Or a Hollywood action hero dressed up for the red carpet. Beneath the subtle cut of the expensive suit, you can still see the solidity of the body: the triangular deltoids, the bulk of the shoulders.
I’ve written before about chronographs that can get away with appearing at board meetings, or on the marina at Cannes, as well as in true sporting situations. And mainly, those chronos are luxury sports watches first, and dress watches second. What I mean by that is they have the unmistakeable air of sporting endeavour built into their DNA.
There can be few luxury chronographs that pull off the trick of being ‘stealth sports’ watches. And by that, I mean a luxury watch that looks all boardroom but performs admirably in a sporting environment.
About that model number Patek Philippe Nautilus Replica Watch. The hallmark horizontal embossed lines are still there, but now they fade into the background against hour markers that pop from the watch face. Patek Philippe solved the problem of white faces mixed with white-lumed markers and hands by finishing the metal beneath the lume in a deep, shiny black.
There’s a date window at 3 o’clock, and an exceedingly clever chrono counter at 6. Basically a counter within a counter, the subdial fits all the components of a 12-hour chronograph into a single indication. The effect is to keep the dial as restrained, as ‘Nautilus’, as possible. That oh-so-recognisable field of horizontal texture, while subdued when you look at the watch head-on, is retained.
The Nautilus has always been a muscular boardroom watch—a luxury sports watch with the sportiness subtly clothed in shining metal bracelet links and the alternate brush-and-polish of the bezel.
There’s space for the Patek logo beneath the 12 o’clock markers. And the long, signature Patek Philippe Replica Watch hands have plenty of room to breathe as they circumnavigate the Gerald Genta-designed face. The multiple counters on the dial. The rubber-backed leather strap, or the solidly masculine three-link bracelet. What they don’t always have (I’m thinking Hublot here, or Richard Mille) is the sophistication to slip into a suit.