The Patek Philippe Twenty-4 Automatic is the first model in the collection with a mechanical movement
For the longest time, the Patek Philippe Twenty-4 remained the only quartz-driven wristwatch that the Genevan manufacture regularly produces. First introduced in 1999, this elegant ladies watch was the feminine equivalent of the men's Gondolo model of 1993. Its Art Deco style combines with a symmetrical case and an ergonomic bracelet, and the Twenty-4 is almost always delivered with a generous splash of diamonds.
The watch's classic design definitely lends itself well to glamorous touches. As a matter of fact, in recent years, Patek Philippe has found this timepiece to be the ideal canvas even for metiers d'art creativity, as seen with the Haut Artisanat Ref. 4909/110G-001.
Apart from that, the Patek Philippe Twenty-4 has remained largely unchanged. But today, 19 years after its launch, this timepiece has received its first major upgrade which critics will say is a feature long overdue. For the first time in the history of the collection, the Twenty-4 will be delivered with a mechanical self-winding movement.
The Twenty-4 Automatic is now powered by the Patek Philippe Calibre 324 S C which offers a date and a centralised sweeping seconds. This compact movement is used by numerous other Patek Philippe timepieces and stores between 35 and 45 hours of reserve power. Its central rotor in 22K gold is unidirectional winding, keeping the Gyromax balance and Spiromax hairspring oscillating at a ferocious speed of 28,800vph. Certified by the Patek Philippe Seal, it can be seen through a sapphire case back.
And now we must address the elephant in the room: The case! Historically, the Twenty-4 has always been designed with a rectangular case coupled with a stepped bezel. Now, it has been given a round case decorated with two rows of diamonds around the bezel. In addition, it has a dial with applied Arabic as opposed to Roman numerals. Its hands and numerals are SuperLuminova-painted, which is a welcome feature, but the new case shape does require some getting used to.
Moderately sized at 36mm, the Twenty-4 Automatic Ref. 7300 exudes a classic yet contemporary vibe, making it an ideal everyday timepiece for the modern woman. Don't be deceived by its simplicity; a lot of thought had been put into the design. For instance, the bracelet comes with gently cambered central links framed by two-tiered outer links.
Patek Philippe offers the Ref. 7300 in five variations: Steel with diamonds in a blue or grey sunburst dial, rose gold with diamonds in a shantung silk-pattern silvery dial, and rose gold with diamonds in a brown sunburst dial, plus one reference with a diamond-set bracelet.