In 2015, Patek-Philippe launched the 5524G-001, known as the “Pilot’s Watch.” Although it housed Patek’s “travel-time” complication, borrowed from the Aquanaut, it was labeled and placed within the family of “Calatrava,” most likely due to its more “simple” case design.
I’d like to talk about what is perhaps THE most sought-after wristwatch on the market today, Patek-Philippe’s Nautilus. Much has been written about this model and its links to another steel watch, but to understand how we got where we are today with this model and its extended family, we need to go back further in time.
Since Patek-Philippe re-introduced their world time wristwatch in the year 2000, the cult-status of this complication has reached dizzying heights, as evidenced by watch auctions over the last 2 decades. But what really climbs the charts are the enamel and cloisonne enamel dials that reach the auction block. Why is that? And what makes them so special?