SHE CAN HAVE IT ALL

Leanne Mi­randilla Patek Philippe’s new Twenty-4 Au­to­matic is the lat­est in a long line of in­no­va­tive women’s watches de­vel­oped by the her­itage brand, writes

Hong Kong Tatler - - Watches | Style -

Twenty years af­ter the de­but of its Twenty-4 manchette women’s watch, Patek Philippe un­veiled the new Twenty-4 Au­to­matic, the first it­er­a­tion in the col­lec­tion to fea­ture a self-wind­ing me­chan­i­cal move­ment. Un­like the ear­lier Twenty-4 watches, the Au­to­matic fea­tures a round rather than rec­tan­gu­lar case rimmed with di­a­monds. Avail­able in stain­less steel or rose gold, it also of­fers di­als in var­i­ous colours.

The Twenty-4 Au­to­matic adds an­other chap­ter to the brand’s long his­tory of cre­at­ing im­pres­sive women’s watches since its found­ing in 1839, ex­quis­ite time­pieces that have found their way into the col­lec­tions of aristocrats and mon­archs. Queen Vic­to­ria pur­chased a blue enamel model in 1851, while a Hun­gar­ian count­ess had a watch spe­cially crafted for her in 1868.

The brand achieved such pa­tron­age be­cause of its ded­i­ca­tion to in­no­va­tion and the close at­ten­tion it paid to meet­ing the de­mands of its evolv­ing clien­tele. Dur­ing its first cen­te­nary, Patek Philippe won ac­claim from so­phis­ti­cated women for its ex­trav­a­gant pocket and pen­dant watches. It also in­tro­duced more tech­ni­cally com­pli­cated pieces for women, such as pre­cious minute re­peaters and, in 1916, a women’s watch with a five-minute re­peater.

Patek Philippe evolved with the times through­out the 20th cen­tury. It was to meet the de­mands of an in­creas­ingly busy, en­er­getic gen­er­a­tion that it de­vel­oped the orig­i­nal Twenty-4, a watch that could take the wearer seam­lessly from day to night, hence the name. An­tic­i­pat­ing grow­ing in­ter­est in time­pieces among women, the man­u­fac­ture also added more com­pli­ca­tions to its ladies watches, in­clud­ing a moon phase, an­nual cal­en­dar and a minute re­peater. Never skimp­ing on style, Patek Philippe also re­leased high jew­ellery ver­sions of its watches as well as fem­i­nine in­ter­pre­ta­tions of clas­sic pieces.

In Patek Philippe’s new Twenty-4 Au­to­matic col­lec­tion, we see the brand’s ladies range evolve with the times. Each piece per­fectly com­ple­ments the mod­ern wo­man’s dy­namic life­style, blend­ing ef­fort­lessly with ev­ery item in her wardrobe and serv­ing her needs through­out the en­tire day. The Twenty-4 Au­to­matic is clearly de­serv­ing of its place among to­day’s tastemak­ers.

CLASSY CHIC From left: Twenty-4 Au­to­matic in stain­less steel set with di­a­monds; Twenty-4 Au­to­matic in rose gold set with di­a­monds

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