Few watches have the iconic status of the Nautilus, which was first launched by Patek Philippe forty-five years ago in 1976. Showcasing a tactile rugged design that was inspired by the structure and hinges of a ship's porthole, this was something completely fresh and new. The Nautilus family has grown massively over the past decades, with numerous models being added, and a ladies reference 4700/51J first appearing in 1980. The current 7118 was first seen in 2015 and has proved an incredibly popular addition to the family. Expertly polished and satin finished steel has been used to create the case and bracelet of this striking addition to the family. A chic grey opaline dial showcases an eye-catching undulating pattern and perfectly highlights the practical date window at 6:00. Water resistant to 60m, this model dazzles the eye with a bezel that has been set with 0.67ct of colourless brilliant cut diamonds. Hand setting diamonds into steel is a complicated and time-consuming technique that requires expert knowledge and skill. A case size of 35.2mm ensures this model will have an elegant presence on the wrist. The famous self-winding calibre 324 S C powers this reference, offering a maximum 45-hour power reserve.
A truly classic piece to be worn now, and looked after for the next generation, the 7118/1200A-011 perfectly encapsulates fine watchmaking and can be worn effortlessly from a casual lunch to a glamorous cocktail party.