AQUANAUT CHRONOGRAPH 5968A-001
GOOD TASTE IN ORIGINALITY
Why make things complicated when you can keep them simple? With this model, Patek Philippe shows how you can break free of the conventions. We take a closer look.
On the dial of a chronograph, you often see a whole host of information laid out more or less stylishly. The simplest watches feature two totalisers in bicompax position, but most have three. By introducing this complication to the Aquanaut collection for the first time, Patek Philippe really stands out from the rest. A single totaliser, for the minutes, is displayed at 6 o’clock. Its shape echoes the octagonal bezel with its rounded angles. The totaliser’s orange minute track adds dynamic presence. Short-time measurements are made using the second hand, also coloured orange. This choice of colour ensures perfect readability, setting up a clear contrast with the black dial. A date counter in the regular position at 3 o’clock rounds off the time information.
For simple and effective use, the chronograph has a flyback feature. A press on the monopusher at 4 o’clock instantly resets and relaunches time measurements. Another great feature is that the central hand can be used to display the seconds using the monopusher whenever the chronometer is not in use. The ingenious mechanism is driven by a self-winding movement. The calibre of the 5968A-001 is housed in a robust 42.2mm-wide steel case that is water-resistant down to 120m.
The Aquanaut Chronograph comes with a black strap made from composite material. The choice of materials is not negligible. Along with comfort for the wearer, the strap guarantees high resistance to wear and tear and to salt water. And to boost the Aquanaut’s dynamic image, a second, orange strap is supplied.
Price: 39,710 EUR patek.com
By Dan Diaconu
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