By Nancy Olson
I’ve been a fan of the Patek Philippe Twenty~4 since it was first introduced in 1999. So it’s been satisfying for me to watch this inimitable ladies collection mature so elegantly over the decades, while still maintaining its status as the go-to watch for modern, active women. Now, the timeless Twenty-4 is sustaining its momentum and preserving its cutting-edge spirit with three new models: one quartz-driven and two mechanical.
In 2018, Patek Philippe enhanced the trajectory of the Twenty~4 when it introduced the first model in the collection with a round case and an automatic movement. It certainly caught my eye when I first saw it at its Milan debut, and I found it a gorgeous departure from the earlier manchette, or cuff-style, quartz models. Now, two new mechanical pieces and a single quartz Twenty-4 come into play just in time for spring.
Twenty~4 Reference 4910/1201R-001
The pairing of rose gold and chocolate brown is a favorite of mine in watch design, and here Patek Philippe combines these elements in this quartz-driven (caliber E15) manchette-style watch, which is priced at $44,947. The 18-karat rose gold case is alight with two rows of Top Wesselton diamonds—34 in all (0.57 carat)—that draw one’s attention to the characteristic two-tier profile of the rectangular case.
The rose gold bracelet with a deployant clasp is jewelry-like in its hand-polished splendor, hugging the wrist comfortably and sumptuously. The warm disposition of the brown dial is the perfect complement for the rosy undertones of the precious metal flanking it, further intensified by the rose gold applied Arabic numerals and trapeze-shaped hour markers. The rose gold baton-style hands, numerals and markers are accented with luminescence.
Twenty~4 Automatic Reference 7300/1200A-011
Steel and olive green offer a modern vibe in this variation of the round Twenty~4 Automatic. Interestingly, this is the first time Patek Philippe has used this particular shade of green in its current collections, and the sunburst effect employed ramps up the contemporary-meets-classic statement. White gold applied Arabic numerals and hands, each with luminescent coating, decorate the dial, and the date aperture at 6 o’clock is framed in white gold. Yes, though the 36mm case is steel, these accouterments are white gold—a noteworthy touch from Patek Philippe, I think.
The watch’s round case is set with 160 diamonds (0.77 carat) set in two staggered rows. And the transparent caseback is a window to the hand-finished and decorated self-winding movement (324 SC). The polished steel bracelet is a wonderfully engineered feat in itself, featuring a new, patented fold-over clasp secured by four independent catches. You don’t want to lose this one. It is priced at $27,796.
Twenty~4 Automatic Reference 7300/1200R-011
This model is stunning in its monochromatic elegance, pairing a rose gold case and bracelet with a gilded sunburst dial. The applied Arabic numerals and hands are also in rose gold, as is the frame of the date aperture at 6 o’clock. Like the aforementioned steel model, the 36mm round case is set with a double row of diamonds, and the polished rose gold bracelet also utilizes the new patented clasp. The self-winding movement (324 SC) is visible via the caseback. The watch is priced at $48,495.