Cover The Tiffany & Co x Patek Philippe limited-edition watch only has 170 pieces for sale (Photo: Patek Philippe)

The exclusive and limited-edition piece is based on Patek Philippe’s highly coveted Nautilus Ref 5711

In celebration of Patek Philippe’s 170-year relationship with Tiffany & Co, the watch brand has released a commemorative piece inspired by its highly coveted Nautilus Ref 5711 piece. The two companies first formed a partnership as early as 1851 when Tiffany & Co became the first official Patek Philippe retailer in the US.

In addition to being founded just two years after each other, Tiffany & Co is the only retailer that is allowed to have the double sign dials on Patek Philippe watches—an exclusive element that remains until today.

Earlier this year, Patek Philippe stopped producing the popular model and, instead, introduced a green-dialled stainless-steel Nautilus in April, labelling it as the ‘final edition’ of the line. But avid followers of the brand might have picked up on hints that Thierry Stern, Patek Philippe’s CEO, has given suggesting there could be something new on the way. That something is the limited-edition Ref 5711/1A 018 Nautilus in steel endowed with the famous Tiffany Blue dial.

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The commemorative timepiece also serves as a gift to LVMH for acquiring Tiffany & Co earlier this year. Only 170 pieces are available for sale to mark the 170th anniversary and feature an inscription in the sapphire-crystal case back that reads: "170th Anniversary 1851-2021 Tiffany & Co. — Patek Philippe."

A true feast for the eyes, the special Tiffany Blue colour has the Tiffany & Co name included on the bottom near six o'clock. The Patek Philippe logo, meanwhile, sits towards the top near 12 o'clock. The case is also water-resistant to 120 metres and, in addition to the bezel and integrated steel bracelet, satin-finished and polished by hand—the process requires 55 production steps to complete each watch.

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The Ref 5711/1A 018 Nautilus in stainless steel with a Tiffany Blue dial is only available at the Tiffany & Co boutiques in New York, Beverly Hills, California and San Francisco for about HK$410,500.

Out of the 170 pieces, one will be up for auction by Phillips New York on December 11 with proceeds going to The Nature Conservancy.

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