Patek Philippe’s new Twenty-4 Automatic collection, introduced at a splashy event in Milan in October, builds on the smashing success of its Twenty-4 ladies’ line of quartz watches, which debuted in 1999 and became the brand’s undisputed cash cow.
Unlike the original Twenty-4, which was housed in a manchette style, the new automatic models—aka Ref. 7300—come in a 36 mm round case made of either stainless steel or rose gold. They maintain the aesthetic tradition of the series with a bracelet marked by gently cambered central links flanked by two-tiered outside links (the latter with or without diamonds). Additional feminine touches include a refined dial featuring applied Arabic numerals and baton-style hands with luminous coatings, as well as a bezel studded with two rows of diamonds, set in a style known as dentelle, or “lacework.”
But it’s what ticks inside the new Twenty-4 that makes this collection newsworthy. Powered by caliber 324 S C, a self-winding movement with date aperture and sweep seconds, the models are in keeping with a long-standing tradition at the Geneva watchmaker. Since 2009, when Patek Philippe introduced the Ladies First Chronograph, the brand has maintained a steady focus on satisfying the growing market for women’s mechanical timepieces. Gentlemen, eat your hearts out!
$45,361 for bracelet without diamonds and $56,702 for bracelet with diamonds; patek.com