Among many ladies’ releases from last year, perhaps the most bittersweet was Patek’s minimalistic manchette-styled Twenty~4. Considering what modern women demand from a watch, it fell just short. My heart went out to the rectangular design but not to the movement. Almost as if Patek heard my cry, the brand has decided to start this year in a big way. I’m thrilled that two of the three ladies’ novelties, feature the in-house Caliber 324 S C self-winding movement.

Patek TWENTY~4 AUTOMATIC REF. 7300/1200A-011 ladies

Patek Twenty~4 Automatic

Many of you know that I adore ladies’ watches. They are sophisticated and many of them have a touch of flair that I love. Even without diamonds, they are attention-grabbers. Unfortunately, very few of them have a proper movement. That’s why I’m so excited about this release. Patek’s Twenty~4 Automatic is a watch that has it all. Sure, it is tough to look past the 160 diamonds adorning the bezel, but, if you can, the pièce de résistance awaits. Within this thoughtfully embellished case, you will find an automatic movement worthy of the brand’s reputation.

Patek Caliber 324 S C self-winding movement

The Caliber 324 SC by Patek is a self-winding movement with a power reserve of 48 hours and an operating frequency of 28,800vph. The rate accuracy is within the range of +2/-3 seconds a day, which I find truly impressive. To finish, a gold winding rotor engraved with Patek’s Calatrava cross smiles at the lucky owner through a sapphire-crystal case back.

Patek ladies' TWENTY~4 AUTOMATIC REF. 7300/1200R-011

Twenty~4: Feminine Spirit

Away from the automatic movement, the thing that satisfies me most is the design. The Twenty~4 Automatic comes with two different dials: rose-gilt sunburst and olive green sunburst. The case measures 36mm in diameter, and stands 10.05mm tall on the wrist. The round case is sporty yet glamorous. The size means this watch is very comfortable to wear and elegant.

Patek ladies' TWENTY~4 AUTOMATIC

I have to admit the olive green dial is one of my favorites. Choosing this specific dial for a stainless steel case and bracelet simplifies the design and gives a stronger sense of character. Both dial variations employ gold applied numerals and baton-styled hands both treated with Super-LumiNova. I also love the hand-polished bracelet that features a new patented fold-over clasp secured with four independent catches.

Patek ladies' TWENTY~4 AUTOMATIC REF. 7300/1200R-011

Patek Manchette-Styled Twenty~4

Patek’s homage to the ’90s is undeniably beautiful watch but feelings towards it are considerably cooler. If I think of the simple pleasure of having a luxury watch something is missing here. I’m not afraid to admit that I like the minimalistic design. Especially the new rose gold version with sun-brushed chocolate brown dial evoke what Patek stands for. And the sleek square case measuring 24.1×30mm is incredibly sophisticated! But I would be more excited if Twenty~4 had automatic movement like its round equivalent from the same collection. Sadly it is driven a quartz movement — caliber E15.

Patek ladies' TWENTY~4 REF. 4910/1201R-001

Decisions, Decisions…

My choice is very predictable. Without any doubt, Patek Twenty~4 Automatic steals my heart on every level. It defines what it means to be a twenty-first-century ladies’ watch, and it does it glamorously. If the most joyful part of my work is covering such beauties, the most heartbreaking is watching those ladies’ timepieces that are beautiful but insensitively saddled with a quartz movement. Learn more by visiting the Patek Philippe website.