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Patek Philippe History

Patek Philippe History


Patek Philippe: Built on tradition. The company was founded in 1839 by Antoine
Patek and Francios Czapek. In the early years, they specialized in making
pocket watches for royalty and other elite members of society. It was in 1844 that Patek met Adrien Philippe,
who had just been recognized for his innovative keyless winding and hand-setting system. Within a year, the two decided to go into
business together, forming the brand we now know as Patek Philippe. That same year, they produced their first
pocket watch. For the next few years, the company continued
to serve their high-class clientele. However, Patek knew that the brand needed
to think bigger and grow their international reputation. So in 1851, he traveled to the United States
and began working with Tiffany & Co, a partnership which continues to this day. During Patek’s travels and focus on growing
the business, Philippe remained committed to the development of the brand’s watches. In 1861, he finalized and patented his keyless
stem-winding and setting mechanism, and two years later, he published a book on keyless
timepieces. That same year, he produced Patek Philippe’s
first pocket watch with a tourbillon and invented a mainspring called the “slipping spring.” Then, in 1868, Patek Philippe introduced its
first wristwatch.  For the next several decades, Patek Philippe
continued to be a leading innovator in the watchmaking industry. Then, in 1932, the Stern brothers, who owned
a dial manufacture in Geneva, decided to invest in the business. Under the Stern family’s leadership, some
of the most iconic Patek Philippe models were created: the first Calatrava model was produced
in 1932, the Golden Ellipse in 1968, and the first Nautilus in 1976. To commemorate the company’s 150th anniversary
in 1989, Patek Philippe debuted the most complicated wristwatch ever made, the Reference 3974. This timepiece featured a minute repeater,
perpetual calendar, and moon phase. It remained in production until 2000. To this day, Patek Philippe continues to thrive
under the Stern family leadership and has grown to be one of the most highly regarded
watch brands in the industry for their superior quality and commitment to innovation.


Reader Comments

  1. Antoni Norbert Patek coat of arms Prawdzic was a Polish nobleman. Antoni Patek took part in the "November Uprising". He was wounded two times, he became second lieutenant of the Augustow Cavalry, and on October 3, 1831 he was decorated with the Golden Cross of the Virtuti Militari Order (to this day it is the highest award in the Polish Army). He was Polish patriot. He fought for Poland's independence. He would certainly not want to hide his Polish origin.

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