When Antoine Norbert de Patek and Adrien Philippe founded Philippe Patek in 1839, they had but one goal: to develop and manufacture the finest timepieces in the world. Today, more than ever, quality and fine workmanship remain the watchwords for production at the company.
Like Partridge Jewellers, Patek Philippe is a family-owned business which dates back almost 200 years. It is in fact the oldest independent, family-owned Genevan watch manufacture. This pedigree allows Patek Philippe full creative freedom to design, develop, and craft watches that connoisseurs consider the world's finest.
The determination to remain independent is at the heart of the Patek Philippe spirit; it guarantees continuity, resilience and trustworthiness. The company develops and crafts its watches and movements in-house according to its own quality criteria that are set forth in the Directives of the Patek Philippe Seal. These are recognised by the entire watchmaking community as the strictest ever compiled. They define extremely rigorous standards with stringent inspection procedures that leave no room for compromise.
In addition to exceptional standards, Patek Philippe constantly tests the frontiers of watchmaking artistry through its avant-garde achievements at the cutting edge of technology. The manufacture has asserted its pioneering role not least by
successfully filing over 100 patents, including twenty of major importance to the history of horology.
The jewel in the crown of a Patek Philippe watch is however the fact that, from its case and dial to its beating heart, it has been finished by hand by a dedicated, trained specialist, with skills passed down through generations.
The results are exceptional. Patek Philippe watches exude timeless style; a harmonious combination of personality and discretion, elegance and uniqueness. This style has inspired true timepiece classics. It defines the creation of watches that retain their irresistibility – yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
A Patek Philippe is far more than an instrument that displays the time. It is a very personal and inimitable possession steeped in precious memories. The purchase of a Patek Philippe enriches a family’s assets with a precious object that will delight many coming generations. By building a bridge from the past to the future, owners begin their own tradition in the true sense of the word.