Patek Philippe introduces a new addition to its Watches and Wonders 2023 releases with the rose gold Aquanaut Chronograph, joining the existing steel and white gold versions. The Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph Reference 5968R-001 showcases an 18k rose gold case, complemented by a brown-to-black gradient sunburst dial and a brown composite strap.
Similar to its counterparts, the 2023 Aquanaut Chronograph 5968R features a 42.2mm diameter case that is water-resistant up to 120 meters, with a thickness of 11.9mm. The right side of the case showcases the chronograph pushers flanking the winding crown, while the characteristic rounded octagonal bezel combines polished and satin-brushed finishes. The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal.
Within the new rose gold case resides a sunburst brown dial with a black-gradient rim, adorned with the signature Aquanaut convex grid pattern. Applied Arabic numerals and baton-style hands, crafted in gold to match the case, are accentuated with luminescent coating for enhanced legibility in low-light conditions. Lume-filled plots accompany the hour markers. Additionally, the dial features a date window at 3 o'clock, a 60-minute chronograph counter at 6 o'clock, and a central chronograph hand.
The caseback of the Patek Aquanaut Chronograph watch is equipped with a sapphire crystal, providing a glimpse of the self-winding Caliber CH 28‑520 C flyback chronograph movement. The caliber incorporates a column wheel drive and vertical disk clutch system, allowing the central chronograph seconds hand to serve as the continuous seconds hand without affecting the movement's functionality. Operating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, the movement offers a power reserve of 45 to 55 hours.
The Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph Reference 5968R-001 is accompanied by a brown composite strap, matching the dial's shade and pattern, resembling a block of Swiss chocolate. The strap is equipped with an Aquanaut fold-over clasp in 18k rose gold, featuring an engraving of Patek's signature Calatrava cross.
The color is not new to the Aquanaut collection, as Patek Philippe already offers it in the Aquanaut lineup, as well as the Aquanaut Travel Time range. Undoubtedly, the new Aquanaut Chronograph Reference 5968R in rose gold and brown will enjoy the same popularity as the other two models. The price of the Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph Reference 5968R-001 is $75,700 USD, aligning with the white gold version of the watch. For further information, please visit the brand's website.