Patek Philippe

'Since 1839, Patek Philippe has continuously perpetuated the traditional art of Genevan watchmaking'Philippe Stern, President of Patek Philippe

Master of complications, Patek Philippe manufacture some of the most impressive and beautiful wristwatches in the world. The classic and elegant styling combined with unparalleled watchmaking has secured Patek Philippe a reputation for being the ultimate choice. As the inventors of the perpetual calendar, that's hard to disagree with.

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Patek Philippe History

The History of Patek Philippe Watches

Patek Philippe is considered by many to be the best manufacturer of high-end watches in the world, and produce some of the most beautiful and most complicated watches ever seen. The seeds of Patek Philippe were sown with the collaboration of two Polish immigrants, Antoni Patek and Franciszek Czapek in 1839 to form 'Patek, Czapek & Cie.' Then, in 1844, Patek went to visit the French watchmaker Adrien Philippe to look at a new crown winding and setting system that Philippe had developed. A year later, Czapek left the company, and Philippe joined in an official capacity in 1851. 'Ancienne Manufactre d'Horologerie Patek Philippe & Cie, S A' was born.

The reputation of Patek Philippe grew with each new and inspired development. A few years after the first Patek Philippe minute repeater was built, Queen Victoria become one of the many admirers of Patek Philippe pocket watches when she viewed the first keyless pocket watch, invented by Patek Philippe, at the Crystal Palace Great Exhibition in 1851.

In 1868, Patek Philippe set a massive horological milestone. Made for Countess Koscowicz of Hungary, this watch was of a new design that could be worn not on a chain like a pocket watch, but on the wrist. Patek Philippe produced the first wrist watch over thirty years before Rolex even existed.

Complications became the forte of Patek Philippe, and they patented the perpetual calendar in 1889 and the split seconds chronograph in 1902. The designs Patek Philippe came up with were so complex that they would not be built for almost another thirty years.

Patek died in 1877 and so Philippe continued to operate the company with the help of his son. When Philippe died in 1894, it was a further thirty-eight years before Jean and Charles Stern purchased the company and launched the Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 96. Determined to keep Patek Philippe true to its heritage, the Stern brothers built a watch for American banker Henry Graves that would be the most complicated watch for fifty-six years. This very special Patek Philippe had twenty-four complications that took three years of research and five years of construction to complete.

Always ahead of the game, Patek Philippe produced the world's first electronic clock in 1956 (following the sunlight powered clock that Patek Philippe released a few years before that could run for a year on a full charge) which had no moving parts, and was the first clock to use a quartz crystal to regulate the time.

Patek Philippe still embraces new technology and looks to drive the industry forward with its research. In 2005 and 2006, under the current president Thierry Stern, Patek Philippe developed a hairspring and balance wheel made entirely from silicon, a lightweight and antimagnetic material that is now starting to become popular in watchmaking.

This condensed history of Patek Philippe does not cover all of the amazing technological feats that the company has developed over the years, but believe the hype - Patek Philippe has more than earned its unmatchable reputation for being one of the best watchmakers in the world.

Patek Philippe Series

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Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse

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Patek Philippe Gondolo

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Patek Philippe Grand Complications

Complicated watchmaking is what Patek Philippe does best, having patented the first perpetual calendar and split seconds chronograph. Today... read more

Patek Philippe Nautilus

Designed by the horological legend Gerald Genta, the 1976 Patek Philippe Nautilus burst onto scene as Patek Philippe's first steel sports watch... read more

Patek Philippe Twenty-4

Mixing high watchmaking and high jewellery, the Patek Philippe Twenty-4 takes Art Deco design and integrates it elegantly and purposefully... read more

Patek Philippe Aquanaut

Introduced as an update of the Patek Philippe Nautilus, the Patek Philippe Aquanaut is another steel sports watch whose inspiration comes from... read more

Patek Philippe Complicated

In watchmaking, a complication is any function beyond a simple time and date. The Patek Philippe Complicated range is home therefore to the... read more

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar

As inventors of the perpetual calendar back in 1889 - a complication that can keep track of the days and months and even leap years without... read more

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