February 10, 2021
After the confusion and changing plans that dominated Patek Philippe’s release schedule in 2020, the iconic Swiss marque aims to start its 2021 off early with a trio of new variants in its long running Twenty-4 collection. First unveiled in 1999, the Twenty-4 line stands alone among Patek Philippe’s offerings as the only series aimed exclusively at women, and for this year the brand looks to revitalize both the original “manchette” model and the round cased automatic series that debuted in 2018. These three new models, including the new Patek Philippe Twenty-4 Quartz and two new references of the Patek Philippe Twenty-4 Automatic, add depth and variety while playing up some of modern watchmaking’s trendiest cues.
Carrying on the tradition of the original Patek Philippe Twenty-4 models, the new Patek Philippe Twenty-4 Quartz renders the 25.1mm by 30mm “manchette” case design in rose gold. Standing as a midpoint between a tank style case and an integrated bracelet design, the “manchette” offers a distinctive Art Deco-esque stepped design that carries through both the case sides and the bracelet. Patek Philippe further accentuates this delicate form with two rows of brilliant cut Top Wesselton Pure diamonds flanking the case. These 34 stones direct the eye back toward the dial in initial images, while adding a splash of luxe brilliance.
Both new variants of the Patek Philippe Twenty-4 Automatic share the same 36mm case design as previous automatic models, but interpret the form in different ways. The new stainless steel version brings a sportier edge to the steps and facets of the semi-integrated lug design, but like the new quartz interpretation the visual focal point here is on the diamond setting. The bezel here contains 160 brilliant cut stones in Patek Philippe’s unusual “dentelle” setting arrangement, which combine with the mirror polished bezel and case top to likely create intense light play. The 18K rose gold variant of the new Patek Philippe Twenty-4 Automatic, on the other hand, brings a softer, more feminine edge to the design with its own visual drama. Both new Twenty-4 Automatic models feature a sapphire display caseback.
The diminutive rectangular dial of the new Patek Philippe Twenty-4 Quartz combines a dramatic surface with a few signature Patek Philippe cues. The main dial itself is a warm chocolate brown sunburst, accentuating the redder tones of the rose gold case nicely in initial images. The handset is a set of miniature rose gold paddles, tying the line in visually with the iconic Nautilus design, and likewise the mix of applied numerals and indices are finished in 18K rose gold.
Like the quartz model, the new interpretations of the Patek Philippe Twenty-4 Automatic use the brand’s signature paddle handset along with a sunburst dial finish. The distinctive applied Arabic numerals are another shared brand cue, inspired by Patek Philippe’s pilot watches. The past year has seen a wave of green dial designs throughout the watch industry, and Patek Philippe adds to this list with the stainless steel Twenty-4, bringing a deep forest green sunburst to the elemental design. This cool hued interpretation swaps the rose gold dial hardware for 18K white gold. For the rose gold cased model, Patek Philippe opts for a more monochrome approach, pairing 18K rose gold dial hardware with a gilded rose gold sunburst dial surface. While this tone-on-tone approach may feel a touch common or anonymous, the level of finishing sets this design apart from similar executions.
Patek Philippe powers both the new Twenty-4 Quartz and the new Twenty-4 Automatic variants with in-house movements. The Twenty-4 Quartz uses the in house E15 quartz movement with an estimated 3 years of battery life, while the Twenty-4 Automatic is equipped with the venerable Caliber 324 S C automatic movement. Shared with other Patek Philippe lines including the Nautilus and Calatrava, the Caliber 324 S C is cleanly decorated with Côtes de Genève across the bridges and topped with a 21K gold rotor adorned with radial Côtes de Genève and engraved with the Patek Philippe Calatrava cross emblem. Performance is solid if unspectacular, with a 40 hour average power reserve at a 28,800 bph beat rate. Each of the new Patek Philippe Twenty-4 models is fitted with a semi-integrated three link bracelet in either stainless steel or 18K rose gold with the line’s hallmark stepped outer links and an ornate butterfly clasp.
While the core designs may come off a touch conservative, the new models in both the Patek Philippe Twenty-4 Quartz and the Patek Philippe Twenty-4 Automatic lines breathe new life into the brand’s long running ladies’ watch series with interesting new colorways. All three new models are available now through authorized dealers. Pricing for the new Patek Philippe Twenty-4 Quartz stands at $44,947, while the new Patek Philippe Twenty-4 Automatic in stainless steel and rose gold are priced at $27,796 and $48,495, respectively. For more details, please visit the brand’s website.