Last month the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry’s monthly export sales tracker revealed that sales to the UK increased by 13.4%. This increase in exports means that the UK are sixth in the league table of Swiss watch importers. We certainly do like our luxury swiss timepieces here and one of our favourites is of course, the iconic Patek Philippe.
The strength of exports to the UK in July was a surprise due to the weakness of the pound against the Swiss franc. However it is hard to forget that some of the most prestigious watch companies are from Switzerland! Patek Philippe have clients across the globe and also have one of the best-known slogans, “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.”.
How could we talk about Patek without highlighting the wondering Patek Philippe Nautilus? After the growing success of the Royal Oak, Patek Philippe decided to develop a luxury sports watch with a strong design. The Nautilus collection was introduced in 1976, and was inspired by the universal shape of a porthole found on virtually all maritime vessels. At this time, luxury sports watches were usually as thin as possible and made of gold. The Nautilus collection debuted just as steel luxury watches became popular..
The Nautilus 5711/1A-010 in stainless steel, like most Patek Philippe timepieces has an understated elegance that eludes confidence. It is certainly not a flashy watch and sits subtly on the wrist. However once you take a closer look, the quality and beauty is unmistakeable.
The success of the Nautilus has led to increased love of luxury sports watches. The collection has continued to evolve over the years, and the Nautilus family expanded with model variations for men and women. The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 still remains one of the most prestigious and desirable sport watches on the market. 2016 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Nautilus introduction! In 2015, we spotted Ed Sheeran wearing the Nautilus Annual Calendar 5726A, showcasing its ever-lasting popularity.
As Swiss watches seem to be even more popular in Britain at the moment, we couldn’t resist showing you another favourite from the latest Patek Philippe collection. The Rose Gold Ladies Calatrava (ref. 7200/200R-001). Now this is a stunning watch for the ladies! Its case is set with 142 diamonds, which look beautiful with the silvery grained dial and gold applied Breguet numerals. The classic alligator strap with square scales are a shiny royal purple (matching perfectly with Armour Winston).
The Patek Philippe Calatrava collection was created in 1932, and is the result of an avant-garde philosophy of aesthetics that showcases sleek lines and subtle elegance. Whilst each model in this collection has differed over the years, they are all unmistakable members of the Calatrava family. No other watch lends better expression to the true Patek Philippe style. The ref. 7200/200R-001 is certainly one to put on your wish list! It will brighten up your evenings as they start to become darker ever so slightly earlier.
We have some wonderful Patek Philippe watches available at the moment. We particularly like this beautifully classic 5119R 18ct rose gold Calatrava watch . Can you believe it was someones unwanted gift, therefore it is in ‘as new’ condition. This 2011 edition is rarely seen in rose gold, so why not take a closer look…