By watchmaking standards, the Twenty-4 collection of watches from the venerable brand of Patek Philippe is relatively new. Yet, it has garnered a reputation as an icon in women’s watches thanks to its classic yet modern appeal. First introduced in 1999 as a quartz watch dedicated expressly for women, it boasted a rectangular shape, was complemented with a beautiful bracelet, and was crafted in stainless steel.
Initially inspired by the brand’s beloved Gondolo watch, the Twenty-4 had a stepped case (with sides lower than the main case) and was set with diamonds. So sophisticated was the watch that it fast became a must-have timepiece for women wanting something different and distinguished. That rectangular version remained important during the first two decades of the 21st century and continues to be an important statement today.
In 2018, though, the Twenty-4 was reinvented as a round mechanical watch with an in-house-made automatic movement. The 36mm versions featured integrated supple three-row bracelets and stunning dials in a host of colors ranging from chocolate to gold, blue, and white. Since then, the beloved women’s line continues to evolve to meet the demands of today’s discerning, on-the-go women.
In April 2022, Patek Philippe unveiled the Manchette (cuff) bracelet Twenty-4 watch with quartz movement and distinctive dial colors that are thoroughly modern. Among them: a new olive green sunburst dial with applied white gold numerals, trapezoid-shaped hour markers, and baton-style hands.
Crafted in steel, the case recalls the Art-Deco-inspired two-tiered version from 1999. The appeal of the integrated steel bracelet and the army olive green dial with coordinated white metal markers and numerals just popped – turning heads everywhere. The immediate response Patek Philippe received from women around the world was amazing.
The olive green stainless steel Twenty-4 Manchette watch is a striking complement to the previously refreshed rose gold version with a chocolate-colored sunburst dial. The two steel models with blue and black gradated dials exude a sense of versatility, wearability, and individuality.
Additionally, recognizing that today’s women are more demanding when it comes to mechanics, Patek Philippe also amped up its round mechanical collection of Twenty-4 watches just last year, adding several versions that have become high-demand timepieces. One boasts that same alluring olive-green sunburst dial. Crafted in stainless steel (one of the high-demand metal choices currently for Patek Philippe watches thanks to the sporty chic look of the metal) with a stainless steel integrated bracelet, it also boasts 18-karat white-gold Arabic numerals and hands. Its case, though, is set with 160 Top-Wesselton Pure diamonds weighing 0.77 carats, each of which is individually handset using a lacework technique.
The other 36mm round Twenty-4 Automatic recently released, is crafted in 18-karat rose gold with a stunning gold bracelet and a gilded rose gold sunburst dial. The dial on this watch is one that can capture attention from across a crowded room. The gilded rose gold dial features rose-gold hands and applied Arabic numerals in a tone-on-tone hue that is at once breathtaking and monochromatic in scale – translated as chicly modern. The case is also beautifully set with 160 Top Wesselton diamonds. These two watches complement the already existing blue and black gradated dial versions.
The 36mm Twenty-4 Automatic round timepieces are powered by the brand’s in-house-made Caliber 324 S C self-winding movement. This caliber features a date aperture at 6:00 on the dial and a constantly moving sweep seconds hand. The caliber inside consists of 217 individual components and 29 jewels – all finely finished and assembled in the brand’s Geneva workshops. The movement includes Patek Philippe’s patented Spiromax balance spring crafted in high-tech Silinvar for ultimate wear and tear.
The case back of the watch is made of sapphire crystal, allowing for viewing of the meticulously finished automatic movement with a 21-karat gold central rotor that is engraved with the brand’s Calatrava Cross. The movement is handcrafted according to the strict Patek Philippe Seal standards that are even higher than the Geneva Seal criteria — attesting to its viability and finesse. The movement offers 35 to 45 hours of power reserve.
Sleek, sophisticated, and even a bit sassy, the Twenty-4 is considered an icon in the Patek Philippe collection – wearable day, nights, and weekends.
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