The unparalleled renown and prestige that Patek Philippe has acquired amongst connoisseurs is not due solely to the perfection of the watches and the resources of knowledge and skill contained in the workshops. This undisputed supremacy also stems from the consistency with which the company has applied its philosophy of excellence ever since it was founded in 1839. That spirit is embodied in ten values that have always represented the very essence of Patek Philippe and will continue to do so for generations to come.
Patek Philippe is Geneva's oldest independent family-owned watch manufacturer. Its independence enables it to go its own way and control its own destiny while pursuing a long-term vision. The company benefits from total creative freedom. It develops and manufactures its movements in-house according to its own quality criteria and produces only watches that reflect, in every respect, its quest for the exceptional. Independence is at the heart of the Patek Philippe spirit and is the guarantee of continuity, durability and trustworthiness.
Patek Philippe was founded in 1839 and its history is part of Geneva's great watchmaking tradition. It is the story of a unique heritage, a combination of experience, ingenuity and passion that the company safeguards and revitalizes in all its disciplines and skills. Faithful to the noble artisanal techniques, its watchmakers and craftsmen perpetuate, day after day, the beautiful, timeless gestures and the sharpness of eye and deftness of touch that have always distinguished the fine art of watchmaking. These skills live on in perfect harmony with the most advanced technology.
Representing tradition at its most dynamic, Patek Philippe constantly pushes back the frontiers of the watchmaking art through its achievements at the cutting edge of innovation. It has confirmed its pioneering role by filing over 80 patents, including twenty of major importance to the history of horology. The Patek Philippe Seal was therefore designed to evolve. It will accommodate all the technical progress and future developments that serve to advance mechanical functionality, long-term reliability and precision.
Quality and fine workmanship
Antoine Norbert de Patek and Adrien Philippe had but one goal : to develop, manufacture and assemble the finest timepieces in the world. Today, more than ever, “quality” and “fine workmanship” remain the watch- words for every aspect of Patek Philippe's production. Whether in terms of the movement or the external elements, the technical or the aesthetic aspects, the performance of each function or the rate accuracy of the timepiece, Thierry Stern – President of Patek Philippe – and his father, Philippe Stern – Honorary President – personally stand by all the commitments embodied in the Patek Philippe Seal, the most exclusive of quality hallmarks.
Patek Philippe has always conceived its watches as exclusive creations. Over 200 models are in regular production, produced in small series of between ten and several hundred watches and fitted with a vast array of in-house movements. From design to mechanism, they earn their special place in the hearts of enthusiasts the world over. The rigorous standards applied to every step of the development process and in the long months of crafting and finishing make each Patek Philippe a precious, unique creation coveted by the connoisseur.
As the product of an extraordinary amount of know-how and work, a Patek Philippe commands a high price and will fully retain or even increase its value over the years. It is an investment for the present and the future. Many of the models achieve cult status and regularly fetch record-setting sums at auction. Their solid reputation amongst collectors and – especially – the great sentimental value that a Patek Philippe usually acquires in the eyes of its owner make each one a treasured addition to a family's assets.
Patek Philippe watches are works of art whose beauty reflects their mechanical perfection. As exceptional creations they outlive passing fashions without ever losing their appeal and modernity. Patek Philippe has established its own understated, timeless style : a harmonious combination of personality and discretion, elegance and an aristocratic touch. The style has inspired models with simple, strong, refined lines that have become classics. Now, as always, subtle modifications enable the watches to evolve while retaining all their characteristic charm.
To provide a service in keeping with its reputation, Patek Philippe works with a handpicked distribution network. Almost 500 retailers representing the company in over 70 countries have been selected according to stringent specifications. The company believes that it has a duty to provide the highest standard of after-sales service, and has made this requirement a key criterion of the Patek Philippe Seal. For the owner of a Patek Philippe, this ensures that the watch will continue to receive the care and attention needed to remain as reliable as ever, generation after generation.
Ask the owner of a Patek Philippe to talk to you about their watch, and you will hear a story of passion, love and tenderness. A Patek Philippe is far more than a means of telling the time ; it is a unique, personal object steeped in precious memories. The purchase of a Patek Philippe is often related to a personal event – a professional success, a marriage or the birth of a child – and offering it as a gift is the most eloquent expression of love or affection.
To acquire a Patek Philippe is to become the custodian of an artistic and scientific tradition that has been handed down with care and will continue to inspire remarkable creations. It is your entry into the world of a family company where, from father to son, each generation is dedicated to perpetuating a unique heritage. To acquire a Patek Philippe is also to welcome into your own family a possession designed to last and accompany successive generations. It signifies that you are beginning your own tradition, by creating a bridge between the past and the future.