Patek Philippe unveiled a 39.9mm rose gold Aquanaut Luce Ref. 5261R Replica Swiss Movement with its patented annual calendar mechanism. Marking the first Aquanaut fitted with an annual calendar complication, Patek’s press material was adamant in positioning the watch as an Aquanaut Luce, the ladies’ section of the Aquanaut collection.
Patek Philippe is generally regarded as Switzerland’s finest purveyor of men’s watches and a precursor in combining complications. But this sentence is not entirely accurate: Patek Philippe is Switzerland’s finest producer of men’s and women’s watches and has been catering to both sexes since it was founded in 1839.
The Cheap Patek Philippe Aquanaut Luce Replica released earlier this year elicited precisely the same response. Like the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time, it avoids the stereotypical trappings of women’s watches. With its 39.9mm diameter, the Aquanaut Lucre Annual Calendar is the largest model in the line-up and definitely the odd one out.
All the other Aquanaut Luce models currently in the collection – save for the Ref. 7968 Rainbow chronograph – come in at 38.8mm and 35.6mm. It’s interesting to note that four of the nine Aquanaut Luce references are still powered by quartz, and eight are gem-set.
Released in 1997, the Patek Philippe Replica Watches leaned heavily on the design codes of Gerald Genta’s Nautilus and was often alluded to as the Nautilus Jr. Targeting a younger dot.com generation, the case of the Aquanaut was less complex but featured an eight-sided satin-brushed bezel and came with a trendy tropical rubber strap mirroring the raised guilloché chequerboard pattern on the dial.The Aquanaut Luce for Women joined the collection in 2004 with its mix of quartz and mechanical movements.
The case is crafted in 18k rose gold, measures 39.9mm from 10 to 4 o’clock, and has a thickness of 10.94mm and a lug-to-lug distance of 47.35mm. To emphasise the shape of the Fully Iced Out Patek Replica rounded octagonal bezel, it is decorated with a vertical satin-brushed finish and a wide polished bevel, finishings that are replicated throughout the case.
Flat sapphire crystals are fitted over the dial and screw-down caseback, and the Aquanaut’s hallmark crown guards flank the crown at 3 o’clock. However, because of the four recessed pushers in the caseband to adjust the calendar, the Best Patek Philippe Replica water-resistance is reduced from the usual 120 metres of the Aquanaut to just 30 metres. It’s not a deal breaker but a little disappointing, given the sporty spirit of this collection.