Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe enjoys outstanding renown and rare prestige, due to the constancy with which the Manufacture has applied its philosophy of excellence ever since it was founded.

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  • Philosophy

  • 5 key dates

  • Collections

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  • About Patek Philippe

    Antoine Norbert de Patek was a soldier in Poland who in 1832 took part in the Polish rebellion against Russian rule. He was forced to leave Poland, and settled in Switzerland. Seven years later, with François Czapek, a watchmaker friend, he founded “Patek Czapek & Cie”. 

    The business grew, and differences emerged between the two partners. Czapek left the Firm, which became “Patek & Cie”, and the French engineer Adrien Philippe, who De Patek had met in Paris, joined the adventure. Philippe, a watchmaker from Versailles, invented the keyless winding and setting mechanism.

    They very soon teamed up with a lawyer by the name of Vincent Gostkowski and in 1851, the company was renamed “Patek Philippe & Cie”. To stand out from the growing competition, Patek Philippe presented its first in-house movement.

    At the Universal Exposition in London in 1857, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought a timepiece from them; as a result, the Firm rapidly consolidated its reputation, shooting to international fame. 

    In 1925, Patek Philippe presented its first wristwatch with perpetual calendar. This creative path was to be pursued down through the decades, embracing other complications such as the split-second chronograph, GMT, moon's phase and many more. Timepieces with the “PP” stamp on their dial soon became established as technical benchmarks.

    Charles and Jean Stern, owners of a high-end dial manufacture in Geneva, bought out the Firm in 1932. Since then, Patek Philippe has remained in the family.

  • Patek Philippe's philosophy

    Patek Philippe enjoys outstanding renown and rare prestige, due to the constancy with which the Manufacture has applied its philosophy of excellence ever since it was founded.

    This spirit is embodied in ten values that continue to represent the very essence of its vocation for future generations: Tradition, Innovation, Quality and fine workmanship, Rarity, Value, Aesthetics, Service, Emotion and Heritage.

    Patek Philippe bears witness to these commitments to quality on each timepiece by means of an in-house seal, awarded according to extremely demanding criteria. 

    The Firm is highly committed to the ethos of heritage and assets, and has its own museum in Geneva, which opened in 2001. 

  • Patek Philippe's 5 key dates

    1812: Antoine Norbert de Patek born
    1839: “Patek Czapek & Cie” founded
    1851: “Patek Philippe & Cie” founded
    1925: First wristwatch with perpetual calendar
    1932: acquisition of the manufacture by the Stern brothers

  • Patek Philippe's collections

    Aquanaut: The Aquanaut is an expression of sports elegance. Cut in steel, it asserts itself as an unashamedly well-crafted watch that is both accurate and sturdy.

    Calatrava: This collection sets store by the purity of its lines and discrete elegance. With its sober, timeless style, it is the quintessential round wristwatch.

    Complications: This collection offers a wide range of complications, enshrining the excellence of Patek Philippe's fine workmanship.

    Ellipse d'or: With the perfect proportions of its case and exceptional, shimmering dial, the Ellipse d'Or combines audacity, purity and harmony.

    Gondolo: The Gondolo collection offers a contemporary reinterpretation of the Art Deco spirit.

    Grandes Complications: The Grandes Complications are the height of the art of watchmaking. The Manufacture excelled itself during the course of the last century by twice creating the most complicated watch in the world.

    Nautilus: With its case – inspired by the porthole of a transatlantic liner – and eight-sided bezel, the Nautilus is characterised by its unique design and sports elegance.

  • Contact Patek Philippe

    Patek Philippe SA
    Ch. du Pont-du-Centenaire 141
    CH-1228 Plan-les-Ouates/GE
    T. +41 22 884 20 20

     

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Featured Patek Philippe Watches

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    Grand Complications

    Sky Moon Tourbillon

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    Annual Calendar Chronograph

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    Grand Complications

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    Aquanaut Luce Haute Joaillerie

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