BY JOVAN KRSTEVSKI
Recently, watchmaking giant Patek Philippe released a plethora of watches all at the same time, eight to be specific. These watches emphasize the famed Nautilus series and the brand’s expertise of the chronograph. Five chronographs, two elegant gem-set sports models, and a precious metal replacement to the recently retired 5711 are among the newly released watch models. The new chronographs include Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph 5990/1A as well, the model that will be the subject of study here today.
The model is most famous for being a stainless steel luxury sports watch and 5990/1A is no exception. The stainless steel case is sized at 40.5mm x 12.53mm and it’s brushed and polished like its predecessor. The chronograph functions are manipulated using the two chronograph pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock as well as the two push correctors at 9 o’clock, allowing the user to align the local time hand, either forward or backward and in 1-hour increments.
The sunburst blue dial with black gradation features three complications: a flyback chronograph, which allows the user to use the reset function without first stopping the chronograph; and a Travel Time function, which allows you to see both the time at home and the time in your current location at a glance. Then, at the 12th hour, there is a circular register for analogue date, and the date is synchronized with the local time. The dial’s skeletonized hands represent the home time for the Travel time function. Except for a few small changes, the indexes remain largely unchanged from the 2014 model on which it’s based on. Local and home time day and night indications are situated at 3 and 9 o’clock, respectively. “Home” and “Local” are printed above them for convenience. The 60-minute counter is located at 6 o’clock on the chronograph, and Patek Philippe’s logo is neatly tucked inside of it. The gold hands and hour markers are also covered with a luminous coating.
Visible through the sapphire crystal case back is the caliber CH 28-520 C FUS movement, a self-winding movement beating at 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) and offering a power reserve of 45 hours to 55 hours. Patek Philippe’s new lockable adjustment system is engineered onto the bracelet, allowing the wearer to adjust its length by 2 or 4mm. Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5990/1A-011 has an MSRP of Euro 69,160.
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