Three new expressions join the Genevan manufacturer’s storied Twenty~4 collection for ladies with a discerning eye for elegant timepieces
Among Patek Philippe’s various current collections, arguably the most feminine timepieces would be those from the Twenty~4 family. Introduced back in 1999, the collection is “dedicated to the young, active and modern woman” and “conceived to fit in with every moment of her life”. Indeed, these watches perfectly complement professional business attire, fit nicely with casual outfits, and can hold their own paired with elegant eveningwear.
Initially, the Twenty~4 collection featured “manchette” or cuff-style models with cambered rectangular case and quartz movement. In 2018, Patek Philippe introduced the Twenty~4 Automatic, featuring round cases and – as the name suggests – automatic or self-winding movements as more and more women expressed interest in mechanical movements.
Fast forward to 2021, and the Genevan manufacturer has introduced three new models in this storied line-up: Two Twenty~4 Automatic variants in steel and rose gold, along with a more classic-looking “manchette” model in rose gold.
Since its introduction, the Twenty~4 Automatic models have seen quite a few interesting dial and case combinations with intriguing colour schemes. The first of this year’s new models add an entirely new shade to the family. The Twenty~4 Automatic Ref. 7300/1200A-011 in stainless steel features an elegant sunburst dial in olive green. Against this cool hue, the gold applied numerals and hands stand out nicely. Luminescent coating on both of these elements ensures solid legibility when ambient light is low.
Adding a touch of subtle luxury, the bezel of the watch is set with two staggered rows of diamonds. A total of 160 brilliant-cut Top Wesselton Pure diamonds (~0.77ct) are placed on the bezel using the exclusive “dentelle” setting. The matching steel bracelet – which is entirely hand-polished – is fitted with a patented fold-over clasp secured with four independent catches.
If your tastes lean more towards precious metals, however, then perhaps the Twenty~4 Automatic Ref. 7300/1200R-011 would be more to your liking. This watch’s rose gold case pairs harmoniously with the rose-gilt sunburst dial. The hands, applied Arabic numerals and date aperture frame are all fashioned in the same precious metal. Like its steel and olive-green sibling, this model also features a diamond set bezel and the same refined bracelet – but in rose gold, obviously.
Both the Ref. 7300/1200A-011 and the Ref. 7300/1200R-011 are powered by the self-winding Caliber 324 S C. The intricate workings of this movement and its elaborate finissage can be admired through the sapphire-crystal case back.
There is something inherently elegant, timeless, and – perhaps most importantly – feminine about the “manchette” model that started the Twenty~4 saga. This design was then reworked in the fall of 2020 and now, in 2021, we have the third model in this lineage which has also become the face of the Twenty~4 collection. Meet the new Ref. 4910/1201R-001.
Combining a case in 18K gold with a chocolate brown sunburst dial, the Ref. 4910/1201R-001 gives off a sense of warmth, refinement, and feminine grace. The shape of the of the case, by the way, is actually more intricate than what might appear at first glance, with its slightly cambered construction and two-tier flanks. The case design is further emphasized by two vertical rows of diamonds, each containing 17 flawless Top Wesselton brilliant-cut diamonds. The dial, meanwhile, features applied Arabic numerals, trapeze-shaped hour markers, and rounded baton-style hands – all in rose gold enhanced with luminescent coating. And below the dial ticks the Caliber E 15 quartz movement, which boasts the same level of craftsmanship as Patek Philippe’s mechanical creations.
As the final finishing touches, the Ref. 4910/1201R-001’s crown is adorned with the iconic Calatrava cross, and the watch is fastened to the wrist by way of a precious rose-gold bracelet with a fold-over clasp consisting of three rows of entirely hand-polished individual links. All in all, this new expression of the Twenty~4 design becomes a magnificent celebration of timeless, feminine elegance.