Patek Philippe Brand Reviews & Prices

BRAND HISTORY
Patek Philippe was founded in 1839 as Patek, Czapek & Cie, by Antoine Norbert de Patek and François Czapek. In 1845, Patek, Czapek & Cie became Patek & Cie when the former was liquidated and Jean Adrien Philippe, a French watchmaker who invented the keyless winding and hand-setting system, was invited to join the company. Five years later, the company unveiled the smallest watch at that time, No. 3503—a four-inch pocket watch, at the Great Exhibition in London. That same year, the company was renamed Patek, Philippe & Cie.

The company produced its first pocket watch with a tourbillon, No. 25 298, in 1863, as well as a patented “slipping spring”, invented by Philippe. Perhaps one of the brand’s most famous early watches is the first Swiss wristwatch with a baguette movement paired with a yellow gold bracelet. The watch was sold to the Hungarian Countess Koscowicz. In 1902, the company was awarded a patent for its first double chronograph. Among Patek Philippe’s most notable watches include the world’s most expensive watch, ‘The Graves’ supercomplication pocket watch, which sold for US$11million at an auction in 1999; the Nautilus, one of the pioneers in the luxury sports watch category; and the Ladies First collection, a line of technical timepieces made exclusively for women.

In 1932, Jean and Charles Henri Stern owners of a fine dial manufacture in Geneva, invested in the company and it would remain in the family’s hands to this day with fourth-generation Stern, Thierry, at the helm since 2009. The manufacture also has its own proprietary quality assessment, the Patek Philippe Seal, governed by strict regulations and applicable to the entire timepiece. It is the only seal in the industry, which guarantees lifetime maintenance of any Patek Philippe watch in the world.

KEY WATCHES

Calatrava
Created the year the Sterns invested in the company, the Calatrava collection remains one of the definitive models of the manufacture. Featuring sleek lines and a classic appeal, the watches are available in different iterations; from extra thin to world time, chronographs and ladies’ models.
Nautilus
Introduced in 1976, the Nautilus design was based on the shape of a ship’s porthole. The original model, Ref. 3700/1, was created in steel and became a classic sports watch that remains one of the most coveted models at auctions.
Twenty~4
Catered to the ladies, the Twenty~4 was launched in 1999 as a contemporary version of the Gondolo model. Its curved silhouette and signature integrated bracelet and rows of diamonds on either side of the dial make it a distinctly feminine timepiece.

BOUTIQUES
#02-03, ION Orchard, Singapore

B2M-232/233, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 


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