This yr, Patek Philippe expanded its Twenty~4 wardrobe with three new fashions: two Automatics — one in metal (with an on-trend olive-green sunburst dial) and one in rose gold (additionally with a rose-gold sunburst dial) — plus a new quartz “manchette” (cuff) model in rose gold (with a chocolate-brown dial), which hearkens again to its authentic look from 1999.
Back in these days, women’s watches tended to be downscaled variations of males’s fashions, maybe with a sprinkling of diamonds on the bezels to up the femininity quotient. Twenty~4 broke that rule as Patek’s first assortment designed simply for her. It quickly grew to become a runaway success — and a contemporary basic.
Launched in metal and rose gold with a Deco-inspired cambered rectangular case, Twenty~4 sparkled with a lightweight dusting of diamonds on the vertical sides of the bezel. The dial was subtly punctuated by single diamond hour markers, besides at 12 and 6 o’clock, which have been marked with oversize utilized Roman numerals. The easy and supple hyperlink bracelet featured a large central hyperlink, making a daring, up to date assertion. As its identify suggests, Twenty~4’s robust id was geared toward lively, fashionable girls who wished a watch that would pivot from work to weekend to a proper dinner with out skipping a beat. A high-precision quartz motion eradicated the necessity for winding and setting — who had time for that?
Twenty~4 remained a quartz-only assortment for virtually twenty years. But President Thierry Stern finally felt girls deserved a mechanical motion, too. In 2018, the Twenty~4 Automatic launched within the style capital of Milan, underscoring the significance of fashion, even with a considerable motion.
Surprisingly, the Automatic bears little resemblance to the quartz model. The 36 mm case is conventionally spherical and doesn’t shrink back from the razzle-dazzle, with 160 Top Wesselton diamonds set in two staggered rows utilizing a “dentelle” (lacework) method.
The utilized luminous Arabic numerals on the dial are robust and assertive, each day and night time, whereas a date window is framed at 6 o’clock, including a complication into the combo. The polished metallic bracelet, nonetheless, is acquainted, carrying on the spirit of the unique however with a new, patented fold-over clasp. Despite the novel redesign, the Automatic additionally seems poised for any event — equally stylish with denims or a LBD.
Inside, the Caliber 324 S C self-winding motion (which Stern described on the unveiling as “one of the best in the world, the most accurate, most famous and one of the thinnest,”) bears all of the hand-finished particulars one expects from Patek Philippe. And you possibly can admire all of them via the clear sapphire crystal case again.
Last yr, Patek up to date the metal quartz model with utilized Arabic numerals changing the Roman ones at 12 and 6 o’clock, additional connecting the 2 ranges. Applied trapezoid hour indexes additionally changed the diamond hour markers, however the sides of the bezel nonetheless glitter — notably on the rose-gold model, which is about with greater than half a carat.
Today’s Twenty~4 lets you’ve got it your method with a selection of case shapes, dials and actions. In all, there are 12 variations, together with 9 Automatics in stainless-steel and rose gold. Among them is an iced-out high-jewelry model lavishly frosted with 3,238 randomly set (aka snow-set) diamonds, weighing in at over 17 carats.
The quartz “manchette” choices embrace a pair of stainless-steel fashions together with this yr’s 18-k rose-gold mannequin, bringing the gathering full circle. While the most recent look echoes its ancestor from twenty years in the past, it rhymes, relatively than repeats, for a new era.