This Patek Philippe Ref. 5711 Jumbo Nautilus in platinum with rubies is anything but an average Nautilus – if such a thing existed. This version is in the Patek Philippe books as Ref. 5711/112P-010. This rare copy, which was sold on 27 December 2014, is in perfect condition and, among other things, has a bezel encrusted with 32 baguette-cut rubies (4 Ct.) and a 0.004 Ct Top Wesselton diamond in the 6 o’clock position on that same bezel. Twelve red jewels on the dial serve as hour markers.
The central seconds hand has a subtly matching red colour. The movement in the 43mm case is the Cal. 324 SC with the Patek Philippe Quality Seal. Research by Antiquorum, the auction house that auctioned off this Patek in Hong Kong at the end of June this year, showed that only five copies of this variant were ever made. That explains the hammer price of 2,370,000 HKD (around 270,000 euro). But is this watch a women’s or a men’s model? In this price category that no longer really matters; it is a collector’s model that will most likely never see any wrist action.