Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 7118: Malaysia Price and Review

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Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 7118

In the early ‘70s, the watch-making world was introduced to a new concept, the luxury sports watch. Brought forth by Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak, which was designed by Gérald Genta, it was rather unheard of to have a stainless steel sports watch priced over a classical gold piece. Soon after though, other makers began to follow suit, with Patek Philippe releasing the Nautilus ref 3700 in 1976.

Designed by none other than Gérald Genta, the inspiration for the Nautilus’ design struck him while he was having dinner in a restaurant. He drew his inspiration from the unique features of portholes found on transatlantic liners and it took him no less than 5 minutes to sketch this iconic piece.

The introduction of the Nautilus in 1976 during the ‘quartz crisis’ was significant. Despite the Royal Oak’s entry a few years earlier, the horological world was still quite taken by the Nautilus’s unique octagonal shape with two ‘ears’ reminiscent of the hinges on ship windows. It also had rounder features compared to the Royal Oak and was quite fluid in frame, endearing it even to the ladies.

Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 7118
This year we see the release of the Ladies Automatic Nautilus (Ref 7118) in stainless steel emphasising a somewhat casual sophistication in a very feminine style with two new dial colours—a silvery opaline shade (above) and a smoky grey hue (top). The gold applied hour markers and hands with luminous coating complements the dial nicely while the mechanical self-winding Calibre 324 S C (available for all Nautilus watches) completes this 35mm watch as a graceful and robust timekeeper ideal for someone seeking a no frills and well-built watch that exudes elegance.

Once reserved for men, the Nautilus has been steadily gaining favour amongst the ladies, a matter reflected in Patek Philippe’s resolve to relook their offerings with a more feminine touch in recent times. More than 40 years later, the Nautilus is still a splendid luxury sports watch for men and women. As an iconic collection, the Nautilus would definitely be a great keepsake to pass on from a mother to a daughter.

 Case

35mm, stainless steel

 Dial

Silvery opaline or smoky grey

 Movement

In-house self-winding Calibre 324 S C

 Bracelet 

Steel, with Nautilus foldover clasp

 Functions

Hours, minutes, seconds

 Price

RM98,600

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Sim Wie Boon

Sim Wie Boon loves classy dress watches from timeless Swiss and Japanese marques. Wrist affections aside, he finds comfort in quiet rainy evenings with a hot cup of coffee and a stable internet connection.