Patek Philippe

Geneve, Switzerland

Founded in 1839, Patek Philippe started as a watch and clock manufacturer based in the Vallée de Joux. An area that is known as the home of many watch brands. Antoni Patek formed “Patek, Czapek & Cie” with Franciszek Czapek. However their co-op ended in 1845 and the business was renamed to Patek & Cie. During that period French watchmaker Adrien Philippe joined and in 1851 the company was named Patek Philippe & Cie. When Antoni Patek died in 1877 his position was taken over by a son-in-law of Adrien Philippe. The company came in the hands of the Stern family in 1932 and it still is to date.

Highlights

1839
Company was founded
1851
First time the name Patek Philipp (& Cie) is used
1923
Launch of the world’s first split seconds chronograph
1933
Creation of the worlds most complicated mechanical watch at the time with 24 complications
1949
Patent of the gyromax balance
1962
Reaching the world’s precision record for a tourbillon movement.
1976
Introduction of the iconic Nautilus watch (reference 3700)
1989
Creation of the worlds most complicated mechanical watch at the time with 33 complications
1996
First use of their slogan “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation”.
1997
Introduction of the Aquanaut collection. A model that should target a younger audience than their Nautilus.
2006
The Nautilus reference 5711/1A is being introduced, one of the most sought after watches in the world.
2014
Created one of the worlds most complicated wristwatches at the time with 20 complications

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7

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