Patek Philippe has revived the popular Twenty~4 “Manchette” quartz-powered model it first introduced in 1999. The Swiss brand has dropped two new versions that retain the same characteristic rectangular shape of the original “Manchette”. This comes two years after the launch of the first Twenty~4 automatic watches that featured round cases.
The Twenty~4 line was Patek’s first collection made exclusively for women. As the name suggests, the watch was meant for everyday-wear and was distinguished by its art-deco-inspired cuff design or manchette as it was known in French. It featured a cambered rectangular case and a metallic bracelet. Over the years it has appeared in rose gold and white gold, with other dial colors (brown and blue), in a small size, on satin straps, in high-jewelry versions (including two with hand-cranked mechanical movements) and in a yellow gold case. The Twenty~4 has for many women been the gateway drug into the world of Patek Philippe.
In 2018, Patek Philippe introduced the Twenty~4 Automatic; while its bracelet retains the same exclusive design, the movement (Caliber 324 S C) was enclosed with a round case, its bezel lit with a double row of diamonds in a lacework setting.
The Twenty~4 reinterpretation of the “Manchette” this year sees the introduction of two new models in medium size (25.1 x 30 mm) steel cases. The dial now has white-gold applied Arabic numerals at 12 and 6 unlike the Roman numerals of the original, the diamond hour markers are replaced by applied trapeze-shaped hour markers. Overall, the look is a lot cleaner and the hands and hour markers have a luminescent coating for better visibility in the dark.
The two new references feature a blue sunburst dial (Ref. 4910/1200A-001) or a grey gradient sunburst (Ref. 4910/1200A-010). The distinctive shape of the stepped rectangular case is underlined by two rows of 18 Top Wesselton Pure diamonds (approx. 0.42 carat). Water-resistant to 30 meters, a Calatrava Cross, emblem of the Patek Philippe manufacture, is seen the crown. The new Ref. 4910/1200A watches with applied Arabic numerals replace the previous Refs. 4910/10A with Roman numerals.
The watch is powered by the Patek’s caliber E15 quartz movement and is paired with a supple bracelet fitted with a folding buckle. It is priced at CHF12, 400 and will be available at authorized retailers and boutiques from November onwards.