The Patek Philippe Twenty-4 Automatic Watch
A full pave diamond setting amplifies the Art Deco lines of the Twenty4 case. But unlike most other modern Patek Philippe watches, the company opted to set only the bracelet links and brancards with the top-quality Top Wesselton white diamonds, leaving the outer bracelet segments bare.
From 2002 to 2004, Patek Philippe released several models with this full pave design. These were named after their dial colors, such as Forever Black or Eternal Grey.
Case and Bracelet of the Patek Philippe Twenty-4
The Geneva watchmaker introduced the Twenty-4 series in 1999 with the modern, active woman in mind. It was conceived as a day-to-night luxury ladies’ watch, elegant enough to wear with business attire and casual clothing, yet also suitable for formal occasions.
The stainless steel and 18k rose gold models feature diamond-set bracelets, while the 18k yellow gold version did away with the diamonds on the brancards, letting the natural tint of the gold shine through. The new Round Twenty-4 Automatic models were launched in 2018, adding a new embodiment of feminine elegance with self-winding mechanical movements and a date aperture.
The new round models showcase the artisanal skills of Patek Philippe’s master jewelers. The bezel is adorned with immaculate, hand-set Top Wesselton diamonds in a two-row configuration – an octagonal-shaped frame that accentuates the case’s sculptural lines and the bevelled edge. Each of the diamonds is carefully selected and individually set by hand using the exclusive Dentelle gem-setting technique. The bezel and bracelet seamlessly integrate into the case. The polished metal bracelet fastens with a fold-over clasp engraved with the Calatrava cross.
Dial of the Patek Philippe Twenty-4
Designed with the women’s wrist in mind, Twenty4 has a slim profile that makes it an appealing option for a watch with an elegant presence on the wrist. With a svelte profile of about 10mm, it is easy to wear and looks beautiful on every face shape.
During Baselworld 2018, Patek Philippe ramped up the allure of the Twenty4 collection with fresh interpretations of its original “manchette” or cuff-style quartz models in steel introduced in 1999. The two new models — Reference 4910/1200A-001 with a blue sunburst dial and Reference 4910/1200A-010 with a gray one — stand out as paragons of timeless feminine elegance.
Patek Philippe also released a rose gold model equipped with a chocolate brown sunburst dial in a variation that accentuates the warm hue of the precious metal. The round automatic Twenty4 Ref 7300 is powered by Caliber 324 S C, the same movement that powers the Aquanaut and Nautilus watches. With this dependable, reliable movement at its core, the round Twenty4 is the ultimate expression of elegant, understated style that stands the test of time.
Movement of the Patek Philippe Twenty-4
Until now the Twenty-4 has been one of Patek Philippe’s best selling ladies watch models but it never received much coverage in specialised watch magazines, mostly due to the fact that it was fitted with a quartz movement. However, in 2018 Patek Philippe decided to revamp the collection with a round case and automatic movement – the Twenty-4 Automatic.
This new Twenty-4 Automatic range uses the tried and tested caliber 324 SC self-winding movement, which is also used in other hour/minute/central second and date watches of the brand. The movement has been carefully crafted to meet the rigorous standards of the Patek Philippe Seal – the watchmakers’ signature sign of quality.
The new Twenty-4 is available in several references, from the more accessible steel model with a grey sunburst dial to the rose gold watch with a diamond set manchette, and the haute joallerie version, which has an 18k pink gold case paved with diamonds in a snow setting.
The Twenty-4 was the first exclusively feminine Patek Philippe collection and it is still popular today, even after a radical overhaul in 2018. It was created for the modern woman who demands reliable, stylish watches that transcend fashion and add character to any outfit.
In 2004, the Twenty-4 was given its distinctive look when it was launched with a pave diamond case. This gave the watch an unmistakable elegance while preventing the gold from becoming overpowering.
For the next decade, Patek Philippe continued to add versions that featured straps and dial colors that allowed the Twenty-4 to be worn in many different ways. The final touch came in 2021 when the brand combined stainless steel with olive-green – a color rarely seen on watches – to give the Twenty-4 a more contemporary look while still keeping its classic design.