It’s been an interesting ride over at Patek Philippe when it comes to women’s watches. Back in 1999, the venerable brand surprised the world with its manchette style Twenty-4 for women – powered by a quartz movement. The watch took the world by storm thanks to its sleek design, and beautifully integrated bracelet with rectangular case. Over the ensuing decades, many iterations of the Twenty-4 were introduced, including the big release a couple of years ago (in 2018) of the new generation: round watches with automatic movements. Many believed the new series would be the death of the beloved quartz rectangular Twenty-4. Now, we have confirmation that it does not. Today, Patek Philippe unveils two new Twenty-4 manchette references with new dials and quartz movements.
The newest Twenty-4 watches are offered in a slightly smaller size than the previous versions – 25.1 x 30 mm– and feature applied gold Arabic numerals instead of Roman numerals. Additionally, the two versions boast trapeze-shaped applied gold markers instead of diamond markers. Crafted in stainless steel with bracelets, the new watches are offered with either a blue sunburst dial or a gray (almost taupe) sunburst dial. The dials are gradient – starting lighter in the center and become darker toward the edges of the case. Both the numerals and the markers, as well as the baton-style hands, are coated with Super-LumiNova for easy night time reading.
In all, the timepiece is a bit more wearable and a bit more affordable thanks to the steel case and bracelet. However, Patek Philippe still insists that the Twenty-4 should be endowed with diamonds and so the art-deco-inspired curved case is set with two rows of flawless Top Wesselton brilliant-cut diamonds. A total of 36 stones weighing 0.42 carats grade the watch.
As mentioned, the new versions are powered by a 57-part quartz movement, Caliber E 15, made in-house at Patek Philippe. The watches feature a solid steel case back and are water resistant to 30 meters. These new versions, Ref. 4910/1200A replace the Ref. 4910/10A with Roman numerals. Both variations retail for $14,667.
Technical Specs of the Patek Philippe Twenty-4 Quartz Medium Ref. 4910/1200A
Movement: Caliber E15 quartz, 57 parts, quartz frequency -32,768 Hz, Silver oxide battery 1.55 V with approximately 3 years lifespan
Display: hours and minutes
Pulled out: to stop the movement and set the time
Case: Steel set with 36 brilliant-cut Top Wesselton Pure diamonds (~0.42 ct.) on the bezel, Solid case back, Water-resistant crown. Dimensions: 25.1 x 30 mm, Total height: 6.8 mm, Width between lugs: 14.1 mm
Water-resistance: 30 m (3 bars)
Dial: Blue or gray sunburst, 18K white-gold applied Arabic numerals and 18K white-gold applied trapeze-shaped hour markers, all with Superluminova® luminescent coating
Baton-style hour and minute hands in 18K white gold with Superluminova® luminescent coating
Bracelet: Steel with fold-over clasp