Patek Philippe Twenty-4 – two new automatic models for 2021
The Patek Philippe Twenty-4 collection has been enlarged this year with three additional models, including two new automatic options. These latter watches both feature the Calibre 324 S, a beautifully appointed self-winding movement. Once again, Patek demonstrates that it is able to fulfil the desires of female watch aficionados with serious mechanical watchmaking.
In 1999, Patek Philippe unveiled the Twenty-4. It was the Maison’s first women’s only collection. The watch was an immediate hit, attracting women with its day-to-day practicality coupled with a high quotient of glamour. From the outset, this model featured an Art Deco cuff design or ‘manchette’ and, courtesy of its modern appearance has gone on to appeal to ladies of all ages. The curved profile of the case ergonomically hugs the wrist, augmenting wearer comfort while two rows of diamonds, arranged vertically, sit either side of the dial. Initially, the dial featured Roman numerals at 6 and 12 o’clock, however, on recent versions Arabic numerals have taken up residence in the aforementioned positions.
A quartz movement powers the rectangular-shaped model. As a self-confessed purist, I can appreciate the Twenty-4’s sublime habillage, but struggle to love the idea of battery power. Indeed, being aware of Patek’s exceptional watchmaking prowess, I would always yearn for one of its mechanical movements. However, based on the evidence, legions of Patek’s female clientele clearly appreciate the convenience of quartz.
In 2018, the esteemed Genevan Maison, recognising that an increasing number of women prefer a mechanical movement, released new versions of the Patek Philippe Twenty-4. These models were housed in round cases. As one would expect of the prestigious marque, the self-winding movement, the Calibre 324 S C was refined to the highest order and continues to power present-day examples of the watch.
The 21-carat gold oscillating mass is adorned with circular Côtes de Genève, while the bridges below are embellished with a straight version of Côtes de Genève. Patek has demonstrated its horological probity by equipping the Calibre 324 S C with the brand’s Gyromax balance, a form of variable inertia balance. This detail delivers superior precision to the regular index-regulated balance, demonstrating that the brand is taking women seriously and recognising that ladies are just as likely to be watch obsessives.
This year, the Genevan firm has released three new versions of the Patek Philippe Twenty-4, including the Reference 4910/1201R-001, a rectangular quartz model with a chocolate-brown dial. The other two models, and my personal favourites, are the Reference 7300/1200A-011 and the Reference 7300/1200R-011.
The Reference 7300/1200A-011 features the aforementioned Calibre 324 S C, housed in a 36mm steel case enlivened with 160 brilliant-cut diamonds. Its dial is presented in a bewitching shade of ‘olive-green’ and incorporates a sunburst pattern.
For clients seeking the warmth of rose gold, then the Reference 7300/1200R-011 may be their preferred option. It features a gilded dial with a ‘rose-gold sunburst’ pattern and is housed in an 18-carat rose gold case, again set with 160 brilliant-cut diamonds. This paragon of elegance is also equipped with the previously mentioned Calibre 324 S C.
Patek Philippe continues to indulge women with a choice of models, brimming with quality and exuding a high quotient of style. But, more pertinently, it demonstrates that it is able to fulfil the desires of female watch aficionados who appreciate serious mechanical watchmaking.
The brand’s press release
Two new versions with olive green or rose-gilt sunburst dials
In 2018, by launching the exceptionally feminine Twenty~4 with a self-winding calibre, Patek Philippe fulfilled the expectations of a growing number of women who had expressed their interest in mechanical movements. The Twenty~4 Automatic distinguishes itself with a round case but retains the same exclusive bracelet design and the same attitude of a contemporary classic that is the right choice for any occasion. Now, this timepiece comes in two new and highly refined versions.
The new Twenty~4 Automatic Ref. 7300/1200A-011 in stainless steel stands out with an elegant dial in olive green, a new colour nuance in the palette of the current Patek Philippe collections. Its sunburst finish produces a refined light shimmer. The applied Arabic numerals and the white-gold hands have luminescent coating. A white-gold frame highlights the date aperture at 6 o’clock.
The new Twenty~4 Automatic Ref. 7300/1200R-011 in rose gold underscores the harmony of the case colour with a rose-gilt sunburst dial paired with hands, applied Arabic numerals and a date aperture, all in rose-gold as well.
These two new models feature bezels with the fire of two offset rows totalling 160 brilliant-cut diamonds (~0.77 ct) in the exclusive “dentelle” setting. They are endowed with the self-winding calibre 324 S C movement with elaborate finissage that can be admired through the sapphire-crystal case back. The bracelet in stainless steel or rose gold is polished entirely by hand and secured with a patented fold-over clasp fitted with four independent catches.
The new Twenty~4 Automatic Ref. 7300/1200A-011 complements the models with blue (7300/1200A-001) and grey (7300/1200A-010) sunburst dials. The new Ref. 7300/1200R-011 complements the rose- gold models with the chocolate brown sunburst dial (7300/1201R-001) and the silvery Shantung silk-finish dial (7300/1201R-010) as well as the jewellery models (7300/1201R-001 & 7300/1201R-010) and the Haute Joaillerie model (7300/1450R-001).