The Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph Ref. 5990/1A in stainless steel launched at the 2014 BaselWorld watch fair adds another complicated timepiece to Patek Philippe’s Nautilus line.
Moreover, the Ref. 5990/1A replaces the Nautilus Chronograph Ref. 5980/1A in steel. In other words, the Ref. 5980/1A which first made its debut in 2006 will be discontinued.
However, this does not mean the end of the Ref. 5980; the Ref. 5980R-001 in rose gold with a leather strap, Ref. 5980/1AR in steel and rose gold and the Ref. 5980/1R in rose gold with a rose gold bracelet will remain in the Nautilus collection.
What is noteworthy of the Ref. 5990/1A is what it packs: the chronograph and the second time zone display. The luminescent hour hand is used for displaying local time (the time of the current location) while the skeletonised hour hand is for home time (the time at home or where the owner originated from).
Day and night displays are also included for both local and home time through apertures at the nine and three o’clock positions respectively.
When one is not travelling, both the local and home time hour hands can be ‘joined’ to move as one.
Housed in the 40.5mm Nautilus stainless steel case which is water-resistant to 120 metres is the Calibre CH 28-520 C FUS which has between 45 hours and 55 hours of power reserve after being fully-wound.
Patek Philippe’s Ref. 5990/1A offers collectors, especially those who travel often, two highly useful functions with features that are well thought-through.
The Ref. 5990/1A is priced at around CHF47,000 / US$53,000 / SGD66,000 (Singapore dollars).
Other Patek Philippe articles on timewerke.com that may be of interest:
i. Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5960/1A: A few firsts
ii. Patek Philippe’s new booth at BaselWorld 2014: a luminous glass pavilion
iii. Patek Philippe Ref. 3417 Amagnetic: in demand, present “tense”