Each year, connoisseurs of luxury watches make the pilgrimage to the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) and Baselworld to be first in line for the newest, most attractive models. Here, we explore 2014’s “It” watches
Written by Rhonda Riche
One of the most talked about timepieces at Baselworld was Patek Phillipe’s reissued Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph Ref. 5990/1A. Introduced in 1976, this sexy sports watch slowly built a cult following amongst collectors. Long seen as a functional finish, stainless steel is now integral to the heavy metal timepieces many wear with more formal attire (think James Bond in an Omega, Breitling or Rolex and a dinner jacket). The Nautilus Travel Time can also pull off the jump from sporty to elegant because its brushed steel finish is neutral enough to work with almost everything in your wardrobe, and the chunky porthole-shaped case and gray ombré dial make a distinct statement. The 2014 model also boasts a Travel Time complication that displays two different zones. It’s a clever addition: highly practical but doesn’t clutter the Nautilus’ seminal design.
Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph in stainless steel, $57,300, PATEK PHILIPPE, 212-218-1240.