Patek Philippe Luxury Watches - a declaration of love to the respective timeA luxury brand like Patek Philippe makes it clear why the classic watch has lost none of its fascination over time. Its substantial value is transferred to the owner, who can feel that he belongs to a long cultural-historical history. In addition to its brilliant functionality and value-adding quality, it is also a reflection on time and understanding of time. The most complex mechanics in perfect aesthetics. Nearly all Patek Philippe movements were manufactured in our own factory, today the company can be proud of 21 basic calibres with 45 movement modifications. Until 2009 all models were certified with the Geneva hallmark, the Nobel Prize of the watch world. Patek Philippe movements alone account for 95% of all models released there for testing. If only the most important Patek Philippe watches of the 20th century are shown, even the uninitiated can feel the magic of the noble brand.
Stars are flashing on the Patek Philippe road to success:
1902 | Double chronograph
1932 | Calatrava, the Patek Philippe classic as a quotation of the knightly order cross from the 12th century, which today symbolizes the brand
1937 | Heure universal (world time clock with 24 time zones)
1940 | Perpetual calendar chronograph
1953 | First Patek Philippe with rotor winding system
1962 | World first: perpetual calendar with automatic winding
1966 | Ellipse d'Or (designed according to the rules of the Golden Section)
1976 | Nautilus - from the studio of the ingenious watch designer Gérald Genta
1989 | Anniversary clock Calibre 89 (150 years Patek Philippe)
1989 | Twenty-4 - The ladies' wristwatch par excellence
2000 | Star Calibre 2000 (millenium clock)
2002 | Sky Moon Tourbillon - the most complicated luxury watch since watches were invented
2014 | Anniversary collection 5175-001 Grandmaster Chime in pink gold (the non-plus-ultra), a Grande Complication with acoustic date display and alarm function via minute repeater
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Galactic, astronomical, universalOh yes - Patek Philippe occupies a permanent place in the Belletage of Haute Horlogerie, also in price level. Twenty models from the Geneva-based premium manufacturer alone are among the most expensive luxury watches ever purchased at auctions and among the brands with the highest increase in value. Patek Philippe makes himself rare and others addicted: registered buyers are impatiently waiting up to two years for their copy from the annual manufacture harvest of 50,000 watches. There are only two (!) Sky Moon Tourbillons per year, which pushes the desire to the top and with it the price (700.000 EUR). Historical Patek Philippe models achieve sensational increases in value as an investment that are difficult to top. In 2002, the precious "World Timer" (World Timer) from 1946 passed into new hands at an auction for 6.5 million Swiss francs. One can assume that he leads a carefree and undisturbed luxury life in the velvet-cushioned safe or behind bulletproof glass and will only make a new owner happy through succession.
With a Patek Philippe on the Montblanc of watchmakingIf one could name the three thousand metre peaks and four thousand metre peaks of the Alps after watch manufacturers, Patek Philippe would probably be the Montblanc, not least because of the glorious company tradition, which is also a history of the leading entrepreneurial families. Among the 70 patents obtained are spectacular inventions - from the modern crown elevator (1845) to the annual calendar (1996). Historical models and exceptional exhibits of difficult to estimate value are collected in the Patek Philippe Museum. The business relationship between the Polish aristocrat Antoine Norbert Graf de Patek and the watchmaker Francois Czapek founded the later global company in 1839. After Czapek's withdrawal, the French watch pioneer Jean-Adrien Philippe enters his corporate position.
A clever move by the Count, because the outstanding watch researcher Philippe is in the process of inventing the crown elevator, which was to revolutionize the world of watches. Since 1851, the expanding company has operated under the name Patek Philippe; the 20th century welcomes it with its IPO. After the global economic crisis, the brothers Charles and Jean Stern join the company with the acquisition of a significant block of shares. Their descendants are now in the fourth generation of management, together with Philippe Stern, President of the Manufactory. The fact that research and development at Patek Philippe weighs heavily is demonstrated by the foundation of a chair at the ETH Lausanne and the expansion of the company's own development department worth hundreds of millions.
Patek Philippe - Mastery takes time and dedicationOf course, all premium watch manufacturers are committed to high and highest quality standards. But Patek Philippe always manages to outperform his competitors a bit. The development team has been working on the Patek Philippe Caliber 89 from the anniversary year 1989 for nine years. 33 complications and 1728 individual components, 24 hands and 12 auxiliary dials on two sides of the case demonstrate the enormous technical finesse and accuracy that make this pocket watch an exemplary event. Further highlights: Minute repeater with large and small ringing mechanism, alarm, tourbillon, perpetual calendar, split-seconds chronograph movement, another 20 complications. Before the Patek Philippe Nautilus lit up like a comet in the sky in 1976, the sports watches of the luxury manufacture were still made of gold, flat-dimensioned and of discreetly elegant aesthetics. With the Nautilus, the law of the oceans applies: the beefy looking luxury watch has advanced from shocker to design star. A special hype is triggered by the model with the black-blue, ribbed dial, which does not run out of breath down to a depth of 120 metres. In the filigree interior of the "porthole" a Gyromax balance with Spiromax hairspring in the middle of 213 individual parts ensures ultimate mileage. Cost: 22,000 euros.
The Patek Philippe Aquanaut requires a modern design with soft curves and octagonal contours in combination with an elaborate housing construction. It is ironically broken by its material mix of casual nonchalance and unpretentious elegance: The diamond-set bezel and stainless steel case are combined with a watch strap made of flexible high-tech composite material that promises robustness and longevity while remaining supple, comfortable and hypoallergenic to the skin. The Patek Philippe Anniversary Edition Grandmaster Chime 5175R-001 from 2014 reminds us of beauties as they look forward to us on paintings from the French Empires. The men's model in rose gold has everything a bourgeois emperor deserves: Solid gold dial, hand-sewn alligator strap, a 47.4 mm opulent diameter, silver-plated dials, reversible case with laurel leaf decorations, applied Roman gold numerals. Of seven copies, six went on sale, one into the museum.