Patek Philippe introduces a gem-set rainbow, first-of-its-kind Aquanaut Luce Chronograph 7968/300R.
This is the first in-house self-winding chronograph specifically marketed to ladies as it is part of the Aquanaut Luce collection.
The watch features a very easy-to-wear 39.9mm rose gold case and comes with 3 rubber straps in red, beige, and white. The dial is made of mother-of-pearl and is engraved with the typical Aquanaut Metropolis motif.
The dial also features 12 multi-colored sapphires as hour indices – totaling 0.31cts – with rose gold applied Arabic numerals and rose gold lume-filled hands. The bezel is adorned with 40 baguette diamonds totaling 2.05cts and 40 multicolored sapphires totaling 2.31cts.
The clasp of the Patek Philippe 7968/300R is also made of rose gold and is set with 10 baguette diamonds totaling 0.36cts.
The 7968 combines the sporty aesthetic of the aquanaut with Patek’s masterful gem setting. This was another unexpected release especially since Patek has never had a rainbow bezel watch like this and it definitely feels like an atypical and very untraditional release from arguably the most classic watch brand in the world.
However, this does show that Patek is willing to take risks and follow modern trends which they never really did in the past. It was also unexpected given Patek has never released a self-winding chronograph like this for ladies in the past and it is certainly a welcome addition to their extensive and growing ladies’ offerings.
The watch is powered by Patek Philippe’s Caliber CH 28-520 which can be viewed through the watch’s display caseback, is self-winding and features a flyback chronograph along with a 60 minute chronograph counter.
It boasts a power reserve of 45-55 hours, beats away at 28,800 vibrations per hour or 4Hz and features 35 jewels and 259 components overall. The watch is also stamped with Patek’s in-house seal which certifies this movement is finished to Patek Philippe’s high standards.
The Patek Philippe Aquanaut Luce 7968/300R carries a retail price of $212,900.
Patek Philippe 7968-300R Specifications:
|Case Metal:||Brushed and Polished Rose Gold|
|Bracelet:||Comes with red, beige, and white rubber straps|
|Dial:||Mother of pearl with engraved metropolis motif, 12 multi-colored sapphires as hour indices with rose gold applied Arabic numerals and rose gold lume-filled hands|
|Movement:||Caliber 28-520 ⇒ In-House Movement stamped with Patek Philippe’s Seal – 35 Jewels, 259 components|
|Power Reserve:||45-55 hours|
|Complications:||Hours, minutes, flyback chronograph and 60 minute chronograph counter|
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