Patek Philippe Expands Twenty-4 Manchette Series
It’s been an interesting ride over at Patek Philippe when it comes to women’s watches. Back in 1999, the venerable brand surprised the world with its manchette style Twenty-4 for women – powered by a quartz movement. The watch took the world by storm thanks to its sleek design, and beautifully integrated bracelet with rectangular case. Over the ensuing decades, many iterations of the Twenty-4 were introduced, including the big release a couple of years ago (in 2018) of the new generation: round watches with automatic movements. Many believed the new series would be the death of the beloved quartz rectangular Twenty-4. Now, we have confirmation that it does not. Today, Patek Philippe unveils two new Twenty-4 manchette references with new dials and quartz movements.
The newest Twenty-4 watches are offered in a slightly smaller size than the previous versions – 25.1 x 30 mm– and feature applied gold Arabic numerals instead of Roman numerals. Additionally, the two versions boast trapeze-shaped applied gold markers instead of diamond markers. Crafted in stainless steel with bracelets, the new watches are offered with either a blue sunburst dial or a gray (almost taupe) sunburst dial. The dials are gradient – starting lighter in the center and become darker toward the edges of the case. Both the numerals and the markers, as well as the baton-style hands, are coated with Super-LumiNova for easy night time reading.
In all, the timepiece is a bit more wearable and a bit more affordable thanks to the steel case and bracelet. However, Patek Philippe still insists that the Twenty-4 should be endowed with diamonds and so the art-deco-inspired curved case is set with two rows of flawless Top Wesselton brilliant-cut diamonds. A total of 36 stones weighing 0.42 carats grade the watch.
As mentioned, the new versions are powered by a 57-part quartz movement, Caliber E 15, made in-house at Patek Philippe. The watches feature a solid steel case back and are water resistant to 30 meters. These new versions, Ref. 4910/1200A replace the Ref. 4910/10A with Roman numerals.