Cover Patek Philippe Aquanaut Luce Travel Time

Distinguished by its sturdy cushion-shaped case, the new Aquanaut timepieces promise to thrill fans and win new ones with the latest makeovers

Modern. Sporty. Chic.

These are often the adjectives used to describe Patek Philippe's Aquanaut, which based its case design, complete with a rounded octagonal bezel, on the iconic Nautilus. Such is the versatility of the Aquanaut that it takes you from the beach to the boardroom with effortless ease. This year, the ladies get a version that is fit for world exploration (when travel is safe again), while the men have a chronograph in two exciting new colours.

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The Aquanaut Luce is now bigger in size at 38.8mm but loses none of its feminine elegance. Featuring a rose gold case, the Aquanaut Luce Travel Time Reference 5269/200R is also endowed with a second time zone indicator in the form of a fourth hand on the dial. Inspired by its own Travel Time dual-time-zone mechanism system that is already appeared in the men's Aquanaut, the only difference this time is that it is paired with an innovative quartz movement with a practical setting via the crown. The men's version had to be set with two push pieces. 

Interestingly, if you do not want to see a second time zone, both hour hands can be superposed to become a single hand indicating only the local time. Again, this can be set using the winding crown. 

Aesthetically, the watch brightens up with 48 Top Wesselton Pure diamonds on the bezel, a white dial with an embossed pattern, and an integrated composite-material strap.

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The Aquanaut Chronograph for men appears for the first time in a white gold case. Reference 5968G is available in two colours: midnight blue and khaki green, the latter the trendiest hue in horology right now. The 42.2mm case is polished and satin-brushed for a luxurious sheen. To ensure harmony, the 60-minute counter at 6 o'clock is in the same shape as the case. Beating within is caliber CH 28-520 C, a self-winding flyback chronograph movement with a vertical disc clutch.

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