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Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe is one of the few traditional manufacturers who are still independent and in family hands. Its name stands for timeless elegance, highest production standards and extreme exclusivity.

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The history of the traditional Brand


Without a doubt, Patek Philippe is one of the big names in the watch industry and stands for excellence in all areas. The brand is the creator of some complex movements and draws on centuries of experience in the art of watchmaking. Their almost 200-year lasting success story began in Geneva, Switzerland, where their headquarters are still located today. In 1839, an unequal couple joined forces with watchmaker François Czapek and aristocrat Antoine Norbert, Count de Patek, to form "Patek, Czapek & Co". It quickly became clear that the collaboration could not last long: Czapek continued his own company until 1869 under the name "Czapek & Co", while Patek set out to find a new partner.

At the Paris World Fair, he met Jean-Adrien Philippe, who already had made a name in the watch world with the development of the first crown elevator. Today it seems to be indispensable, as it revolutionized craftsmanship. Instead of using a special key, watches could now be wound directly on the housing. Philippe joined Vincent Gostkowski in 1845 in the company, which was renamed "Patek & Co". The next change of name followed promptly in 1851 to "Patek Philippe & Co" to underline the intensive cooperation of both partners.

In 1932, the traditional company, which since 1901 had become a public limited company (Ancienne Manufacture d'Horlogerie Patek Philippe & Cie. S.A.), was taken over by the Stern family, which now owns it in its fourth generation. Philippe Stern is the current President of Patek Philippe, his son Thierry took over in 2009.

Some of the most complicated watches in the world are from Patek Philippe

The excellent reputation of the brand is based not only on its technical innovation spirit, but also on the inimitable complexity of its models. Over 70 patents have already been registered, including the winding crown or 1902 a double chronograph. Also referred to as Rattrapante chronograph, it has two stop hands that can be stopped independently. So can be stopped with the second pointer between and the chrono center hand then be retrieved by pressing a button, so that both continue together.

In 1925, the company launched the world's first watch with a perpetual calendar and in 1932 the Calatrava series, named after a knightly order founded in the town of the same name, whose cross adorns the crown. The model Ellipse, launched in 1966, is a classic of the swiss luxury brand, whose special design takes into account the golden section. The iconic blue coloring of the dial comes through a special chemical treatment of the gold.

Patek Philippe has always been known for the production of watches with complications and presented on its 150th birthday in 1989 the most complicated pocket watch in the world: The Caliber 89 consists of 1728 individual parts and is provided with 33 complications. Another record holder is the Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref. 5002, which was introduced in 2001. Each year, two copies of the model are produced and has to undergo a personal quality assurance by Philippe Stern and then sells for just a fraction under € 700,000. This makes it the most expensive watch series in the world.

What is the price of a Patek Philippe watch?

Nautilus / 3800
23.500 € (1982)
Material: Stainless Steel
Key Features: Anthracite dial, stick indexes

Calatrava / 3919J
8.930 € (1990)
Material: Yellow Gold
Key Features: White dial with roman Numberings, Alligator leather strap

Golden Ellipse / 3838
4.490 € (1984)
Material: Yellow Gold
Key Features: Blue dial, stick indexes, golden bezel

Gondolo / 5124J
14.500 € (2012)
Material: Yellow Gold
Key Features: Square shaped case, stick indexes

Grand Complications / 3940J
27.400 € (1988)
Material: Yellow Gold
Key Features: White dial, golden stick indexes

IOS Million Dollar Associate / 3565/1
6.350 € (1970)
Material: Yellow Gold
Key Features: Champagne colored dial, roman numbering

Pre-owned and vintage watches from Patek Philippe as an investment

Patek Philippe is not only a veteran in the watch industry, but also one of the most stable brands. Vintage models and used watches can be a worthwhile investment. Above all, the purchase of classics such as the Nautilus series, but of course well-preserved special models worth it. Limited editions, but also main series models experience a constant increase in price over the years and can be understood as a good investment.

Favourite models of Patek Philippe

  • The Patek Philippe Nautilus is a stainless steel sports watch and an icon among the Patek Philippe watches. The case is modeled after a scuttle and designed by watch designer Gérald Genta.
  • The Patek Philippe Calatrava impresses with its round shape and its classic design. It is the epitome of simple elegance and a perfect companion for every day. The Patek Philippe Ellipse d'Or is a timeless classic that suits every situation. Its case is elliptical, the dial with simple stick indices, whose arrangement is based on the golden section.
  • The Patek Philippe Ellipse d’Or is a timeless classic, which fits to all circumstances. The case is ellipsoidal, the dial comes with artless stick indexes who’s positions are orientated on the golden ratio.
  • The Patek Philippe Gondolo series brings together all the non-round shapes that Patek Philippe offers: It combines rectangular, tonneau or pillow-shaped wristwatches with elaborate ornaments that are an absolute eye-catcher.
  • The Patek Philippe Aquanaut is one of the sportier models of the luxury brand. Its rectangular bezel is inspired by the Nautilus, features an abrasion-resistant wristband made from a novel composite that resists ultraviolet rays and enhances its dynamic look.

Best reasons to buy a Patek Philippe watch

  • Exclusive quality: Patek Philippe watches are luxury objects of the highest quality
  • Worthwhile investment through constant increase in value
  • Accurate precision thanks to in house produced calibers
  • Unusual designs with many complications

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