INTRODUCING: New Aquanaut models from Patek Philippe

New Aquanaut models from Patek Philippe

A full spectrum of new models spanning on-trend green dial and alluring options for women.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut 2021Aquanaut Chronograph Reference 5968G-001

Having launched the Nautilus in 1976 as the flag-bearer of the company’s luxury sports watch offerings, the Aquanaut was introduced as a sibling collection in 1997. A more casual but no less regal, Patek Philippe sports line, the Aquanaut’s case and the rounded octagonal bezel with alternate finishing certainly owes its design vocabulary to its predecessor, while touches like the embossed checkerboard pattern, with matching colours on the dial and strap, help establish it as a dynamic and novel collection on its own.

After more than two decades, the Aquanaut is now a full-fledged Patek Philippe icon, coveted by both budding and seasoned collectors. And this year, the line undergoes an extensive revitalisation with new references across the men’s collections, as well as the women’s repertoire, known as the Aquanaut Luce, which debuted in 2004. Indeed, while new men’s variants offer a few tantalising cosmetic switch-ups. it is the ladies’ offerings that pique our interest most.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Luce2021Aquanaut Luce Travel Time Reference 5269/200R-001

The headliner of the bevy of new Aquanaut Luce models, is the Ref. 5269/2009. Drawing inspiration from Patek’s Travel Time dual-time zone functionality and design – which also appeared earlier in the men’s Aquanaut Ref. 5164 – the ladies’ version comes with a quartz movement, but offers the same ease-of-use with single-crown operation, as well as legibility with the familiar additional skeletonised hour hand for the home time. As it is with the most alluring of Aquanaut Luce models, this version in 38.8mm rose gold is set with diamonds to amplify its resplendence.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Luce2021
Aquanaut Luce automatic Reference 5268/200R-001

Making up the rest of this year’s Aquanaut Luce line-up, we have an automatic version in the same size and design as the two-time zone quartz model (Reference 5268/200R-001), as well as three steel variants, all in 38.8mm cases, in a choice of black, white or khaki green dial with matching strap.

New Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph 2021
Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph References 5968G-001 and 5968G-010

Over at the men’s side, the Aquanaut Chronograph Ref. 5968, which was introduced in 2018, gets up-luxed this year with two white gold models. Recognised by their 60-minute counters at six o’clock and central chronograph hands that also function as permanent seconds hands, the watches are driven by the automatic Calibre CH 28-520 C with flyback functionality and column wheel control, a movement that also powers numerous Nautilus chronographs.

Despite the regal touch, the new white gold chronographs exude an air of sporty, casual nonchalance, thanks to their coloured dials in midnight blue or khaki green with matching strap. As youthful as they appear, though, the new Aquanauts show a collection that has deservedly earned its place amongst Patek Philippe’s league of icons – and certainly well past its coming-of-age phase.




A familiar face in Malaysia's horological publishing scene, Leong has been involved in lifestyle journalism since the mid-1990s. Besides watches, he takes a keen interest in cars and men's fashion.

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