There is an old saying in English that ‘It’s a Man’s World’ and it certainly holds true in the world of horology. Having said that, there are a few brands like Patek Phillipe who believe that men should not have all the fun and offer a nice collection of watches dedicated to women, which includes the Twenty 4. For 2021 Patek Philippe has recently added three new references to the Twenty 4 collection.
Released in 1999 as a collection of elegant quartz watches, the Twenty 4 received a thorough update in 2018 with the introduction of new bold and sporty models, powered by in-house automatic movements. The new 2021 trio pictured makes the collection even more versatile by adding a slew of new color options. There are two automatic models and one quartz model on offer. Let’s have a quick look.
The Twenty 4 Automatic
The new 2021 Twenty 4 automatic watches continue to exhibit the sporty design DNA of their elder brethren released a few years ago. Presented in a deep emerald green or a gilded rose gold shade, the dials feature a nice sunburst finish and are highlighted by solid gold Arabic numerals that bring a sense of depth and have been filled with luminous paint for better low light visibility. Surrounding the markers is a printed minute track that along with the well-proportioned baton-style hands makes it a breeze to read the time accurately. Finally, At the 6 o’clock position is a date window that keeps the symmetry of the dial intact.
The case measures a modest 36mm in diameter and has been crafted from stainless steel or rose gold. While the width is on the larger side, thanks to the relatively short lugs, the watch should be able to sit comfortably on slender wrists. Sitting on top of the case is a polished bezel that houses 160, .77ct diamonds that lend the watch a luster commonly associated with women’s jewelry. At the 3 o’clock position is a well-sized crown that should make winding the movement a joyful experience. Speaking of the movement, these watches are powered by Patek’s in-house calibre 324 S C. Operating at 4 Hz, the movement comprises 29 jewels and offers a power reserve of around 35 hours. The movement is beautifully decorated using Geneva stripes and a 21k gold rotor and can be appreciated through the exhibition case-back.
The watches come mated to a tapering bracelet in steel or rose gold and will retail for USD 27,796 and USD 48,495.
The Twenty 4 Quartz
Unlike the automatic variations, the quartz model is more about understated elegance. The curved rectangular case measures 25mm by 30mm and combined with an overall height of just 6.8mm, makes a watch that can disappear on the wrist. However, the rose gold construction means that the watch will showcase a noticeable heft. There are two rows of .57 Carat diamonds (34 in total) on each side of the case which adds just the right amount of sheen.
Under the hood of this watch runs the high-quality Patek E15 quartz movement. While not comparable to its mechanical counterpart, this is not your run of the mill quartz movement and is finished to a high standard using Perlage and Geneva striping.
To complement the rose gold case this watch has been equipped with a chocolate brown sunburst dial. Furthermore, the simple layout matches the elegant aesthetic of the watch. So, all you get here is an applied hour index comprising lume filled batons and Arabic numerals at 12 and 6 and two baton-style hands to read the time.