Like many of the luxury watch maisons taking part in the upcoming Watches & Wonders 2021 digital platform, Patek Philippe will be rolling out the majority of its new timepieces in the spring. However, the prestigious Swiss manufacture has offered up a trio of intriguing horological hors d’euvre, if you will, to the main course in April: three new, colorful executions of its sporty-feminine Twenty~4 model, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
One of the new additions to the Twenty~4 collection, which traces its history all the way back to 1999, features the original models’ curved rectangular case and “manchette” or cuff-style design, and is outfitted with a Swiss quartz caliber. The remaining two hail from the Twenty~4 Automatic collection released in 2018, defined by that line extension’s telltale round case and mechanical automatic movement. To start with the quartz-powered model, the new Reference 4910/1201R-001 uses 18k rose gold for its emblematic two-tiered case and bracelet and introduces a chocolate-brown sunburst dial into the series. Decorating its bezel are two vertical rows of Top Wesselton Pure diamonds (total: 34 diamonds, ~0.57 ct).
The dial hosts applied Arabic numerals and applied trapeze-shaped hour-markers along with rounded baton-style hands, all made of rose gold and luminous-coated. Patek Philippe’s venerable Calatrava cross emblem adorns the crown. The rose-gold bracelet with fold-over clasp is fully hand-polished for a warm and smooth feel on the wrist. Inside is Patek’s own Caliber E15 quartz quartz movement, whose components, Patek says, are “crafted with the same devotion to fine workmanship as those of [its] mechanical movements.” The watch is priced at $44,947.
The new models with mechanical movements comprise one in steel, the other in 18k rose gold. The steel-cased Twenty~4 Automatic Reference 7300/1200A-011 catches the eye with its olive-green sunburst dial, the first appearance of that color in any modern Patek Philippe collection. The dial’s white-gold applied Arabic numerals and white-gold hands have a luminescent coating. At 6 o’clock, the hour marker is replaced by a date aperture framed in the same precious metal.
The gently rounded bezel of the 36-mm case is set with 160 diamonds (~0.77 carat), arranged in two staggered rows according to the “dentelle” (lacework) technique. On the opposite side, a transparent sapphire window offers a view of manufacture Caliber 324 SC, a mechanical self-winding movement embellished with painstaking hand-finishes and decorations. The case flows into a bracelet with polished links and a new, patented fold-over clasp secured by four independent catches. It will retail for $27,796.
Rounding out the Twenty~4 trifecta is the Automatic Reference 7300/1200R-011, whose elegant monochromatic look is achieved by combining a round 36-mm rose gold case with a gilded rose-gold sunburst dial. Rose gold is also employed for the hour and minute hands, applied Arabic numerals, and the frame around the 6 o’clock date aperture. The “dentelle” arrangement of diamonds adds spectacular sparkle to the bezel, as it does on the watch’s steel-cased counterpart.
The lavishly hand-finished Caliber 324 S C beats inside, behind a sapphire exhibition caseback, driven by a solid gold rotor with an engraved Calatrava cross and amassing a maximum power reserve of 45 hours. The bracelet features three rows of rose-gold links, fully hand-polished, and a new, patented fold-over clasp. The luxurious automatic model sells for $48,495.