Moments in Time; Patek Philippe

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Patek Philippe’s Twenty-4 watch was launched in 1999 at the Basel Fair in Switzerland. Its design, which was aimed at the modern career woman, proved a triumphant and instant success. The intention was to provide a timepiece that was both functionally adequate for daywear and elegant enough for the evening as well. The Twenty-4 series met these criterion with an abundance of style, complementing busy work schedules while being sophisticated enough to match the most elegant of evening dresses.

First launched in polished steel with a diamond setting, the Patek Philippe design team followed up their worldwide success with two more models based on the same design. The first, in 18K rose gold and the second in white gold, maintained the same high standards of style and precision, yet at the same time also reflect the current trend towards the return of gold accessories and jewellery.

Rose gold is a feminine and refreshing contrast to the harsher stainless steel, which more closely suggests a modem tone, consistent with the beginning of the new millennium. With its youthful appearance, it appeals to women who want a watch that is elegant yet understated.

The Twenty-4 Rose Gold (Ref: 4910/IIR) has slightly larger diamonds, giving the whole timepiece a bright and unique glow. The rose gold also introduces a new dial colour, Chocolate Dream, which conveys a warmth that serves to enhance the soft tone of the case. This feeling provides the perfect backdrop for the 34 round full-cut flawless Top Wesselton diamonds that total approximately 0.66 carats.

Maintaining the cooler feel, the Twenty-4 in white gold is a warmer option for those who want the simplicity of the steel version but who prefer precious metal. This watch has a contemporary and elegant style, making it suitable for both day and night use. The white gold Twenty-4 (Ref: 4910/ 20G), is set with two rows of flawless Top Wesselton diamonds totaling approximately 1.11 carats.

The inner bezel is set with 32 princess-cut diamonds of approximately 0.92 carats and the outer bezel with 34 round diamonds of approximately 0. 19 carats. The white gold keeps its signature dial colours of Forever Black, Timeless White and Eternal Gray.

The gold hands of both the rose gold and the white gold models are set with a luminous coating. The dials of both models are set with ten diamonds that mark the hours and have gold roman numerals at six and 12. A single faceted diamond of 0.05 carats is set on the crown of each model.

Both cases have an elegantly curved profile set on a wide, solid bracelet, which has a fold over clasp. This clasp is decorated with the Calatrava Cross. The watch is perfectly molded to fit the wearer’s wrist with lines that flow smoothly from link to link. Both models are fitted with the Patek Philippe quartz movement calibre E15 and are water resistant to 25 metres.

The classic Twenty-4 gold models established Patek Philippe’s position as the producer of not only the most technically innovative watches in the world but also the most beautiful and stylish.