Horror filled the voice of a colleague at Rev✪lution, who, upon learning that I simply loved the celebratory engraving in the dial of the 40th Anniversary Patek Philippe Nautilus, thought I was mad. “Well, you’re the only one who does. Everyone else thinks it’s utterly naff.” She actually used a term more in keeping with the argot of sailors – apt in light of the watch’s maritime nomenclature and water-resistance – but that I did not expect.
If she’s right, then “everyone else” is lacking taste: not only is it elegant, it’s inarguably discreet. You have to look for it, none of the typical in-your-face braggadocio that is the wont of the watch industry. That is not the Patek way, despite its most recent anniversary celebrations reaching a scale that recalls Cecil B. DeMille productions. Oh, yes: the 175th will not soon be forgotten by those who attended the festivities.