Patek Philippe Introduces New Versions of the Twenty-4

Both automatic and quartz.

Patek Philippe is starting the year on a simple note, with its first releases for 2021 being a trio of additions to the Twenty-4 collection for ladies.

One is the Twenty-4 Quartz in rose gold with a brown dial, a variant of the recently introduced Twenty-4 “Manchette”, while the other two are mechanical: new references of the Twenty-4 Automatic with green or gold dials.

The green dial of the new Twenty-4 Automatic in steel

Initial thoughts

With all the hype surrounding the now-discontinued Nautilus ref. 5711/1A, it can be easy to forget that Patek Philippe actually makes a broad range of watches, including a collection for ladies that has now been in the catalogue for over 20 years (though the automatic version only came along in 2018). The new Twenty-4 models are variants of the same, but the automatic Twenty-4 with a green dial is unusual and an appealing alternative to the bestselling and faddish blue dial.

While the styling might be uninspiring for a watch enthusiast, the Twenty-4 is ideal for someone who wants a Patek Philippe that’s fuss free, explaining the consistent commercial success of the Twenty-4 over the decades.

The Twenty-4 Quartz

The Twenty-4 Automatic

Both versions of the Twenty-4 are pricey, sitting at the top end of their respective segments. The new Twenty-4 Automatic in steel retails for US$27,796, about the same as the Nautilus ref. 7118/1A for ladies, or the recently-launched Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 34 mm. The Twenty-4 has the advantage of having diamonds on the bezel, making it arguably better value, but it lacks the iconic design of either the Nautilus or Royal Oak.

And though the quartz Twenty-4 is the most affordable wristwatch offered by Patek Philippe, it is premium priced for a steel watch with a quartz movement.

Quartz convenience

Battery powered like the original Twenty-4 of 1999, the new Twenty-4 Quartz is the choice for anyone who wants a watch that is easily wearable. It retains the manchette, or “cuff”, case and bracelet of the original, though now in rose gold, resulting in a more luxe variant of a watch that was first launched in steel last year.

The Twenty-4 Quartz has a metallic brown dial and the traditional twin rows of diamonds on the bezel

Sportier automatics

Aimed at female enthusiasts who prefer their watches mechanical, the Twenty-4 Automatic is equipped with the cal. 324 S C, a workhorse movement also found in the smaller models in the Nautilus and Calatrava lines.

The steel model features a green dial that contrasts well against the case, while the rose gold variant is fitted with a tone-on-tone gold dial.

Both models have a diamond-set bezel as is standard for the Twenty-4 automatic, with two rows of 160 brilliant-cut diamonds set in a gently-alternating dentelle, or “lacework”, pattern.

Key Facts and Price

Patek Philippe Twenty~4 Quartz
Ref. 4910/1201R-001

Diameter: 30 mm by 25.1 mm
Height: 6.8 mm
Material: Rose gold
Crystal: Sapphire
Water resistance: 30 m

Movement: E15
Functions: Hours and minutes
Winding: Quartz
Battery life: 3 years

Strap: Steel bracelet

Availability: Now at boutiques and authorised retailers
Price: US$44,974

Patek Philippe Twenty~4 Automatic
Ref. 7300/1200A-011 (stainless steel)
Ref. 7300/1200R-011 (rose gold)

Diameter: 36 mm
Height: 10.05 mm
Material: Stainless steel or rose gold
Crystal: Sapphire
Water resistance: 30 m

Movement: 324 S C
Functions: Hours and minutes
Frequency: 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz)
Winding: Automatic
Power reserve: 40 hours

Strap: Steel or rose gold bracelet

Availability: Now at boutiques and authorised retailers
Price: US$27,796 in steel; US$48,495 in gold

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