Collectors Library

Since 1982, Patek Philippe has provided essential reference works for enthusiasts, collectors and dealers in fine watches. The volumes, covering pocket watches and wristwatches, have played a large part in the renewal of interest in finest quality horology. Today, each of the publications in the Patek Philippe Collector’s Library explores the fascinating world of watches from a different angle. Beautiful photographs illustrate the watch references in the company’s 175 years of production. These publications – from a detailed catalog to a unique book for a unique watch – contribute to a greater appreciation of horology and increase the pleasure of owning a fine watch. They will form the nucleus of every collector’s library.

  • Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography
    by Nicholas Foulkes

    Drawing on exclusive interviews with its owners and with workers and watchmakers past and present as well as on hitherto unseen documents from the company’s archives, Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography celebrates the history of a unique company. Nicholas Foulkes traces the Patek Philippe history from founder Antoine Norbert de Patek’s early life in Poland as a young cavalry officer fighting in a doomed uprising. Foulkes recounts his exile, his life in Geneva. His meeting with gifted watchmaker Adrien Philippe and the 1932 purchase by the Stern family who over four generations have turned it into the legend that it is today.

    "I am very pleased to see the history of my family’s company come to life in this excellent volume. This is the first time that the Patek Philippe archive has been accessed and brought to life in a factual and definitive work."

    Philippe Stern,
    Honorary President of Patek Philippe

    Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography by Nicholas Foulkes

    544 pages, 29 x 30 cm, with color illustrations
    Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography is published by Preface, part of world-renowned publisher Penguin Random House, in English in November 2016

    From December 2016 Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography will also be available to buy at the Patek Philippe Museum Geneva, our Patek Philippe Salons in Geneva, London and Paris and from local authorized Patek Philippe retailers. Please contact them for availability. The book will also be available from the usual bookstores.

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  • The Emergence of the Portable Watch
    (Catalog of the Patek Philippe Museum)

    This catalog documents with 1092 examples the development of the portable watch from 1500 until the 1800’s. This catalog was published in 2016 by the Patek Philippe Museum.
    Author: Peter Friess.

    The Emergence of the Portable Watch

    Volume III, 608 pages, 1'986 images
    Volume IV, 620 pages, 1'994 images
    Index, 154 pages, 224 images
    28.5 x 25.5 cm
    Published in 2016

  • Patek Philippe Watches
    (Catalog of the Patek Philippe Museum)

    This catalog documents with 1005 examples the design, the development and the production of the pocket and wristwatches at Patek Philippe since its beginnings in 1839 until the 1980’s. This catalog was published in 2013 by the Patek Philippe Museum.

    Patek Philippe Watches

    Volume I, Pocket Watches
    Volume II, Pocket and Wristwatches
    928 pages, 28.5 x 25.5 cm
    Published in 2013

  • Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

    The book produced by Patek Philippe is dedicated entirely to the centerpiece of the manufacture’s 175th anniversary: the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime, uniting fine watchmaking and the rare handcrafts. The anniversary’s masterwork, the Grandmaster Chime grand-complication wristwatch reinvents the music of time with a Grande Sonnerie, a Petite Sonnerie, a minute repeater and two unprecedented functions: an alarm that strikes the alarm time, and an acoustic date indication. This unique repertoire, enriched by an instantaneous perpetual calendar, is housed in a magnificent double-face case lavishly hand-engraved with a decoration of laurel leaves and fitted with a revolutionary reversing mechanism. The book follows the timepiece from its conception to its assembly in the manufacture’s workshops and also provides a wealth of technical detail. It is intended to enable both specialists and newcomers to the world of the complicated watch to immerse themselves in the GrandMaster Chime’s features. Published as a limited edition, this work offers a splendid insight into Patek Philippe’s philosophy: that of preserving the finest horological and craft traditions while developing the technical innovations that will be enjoyed by future generations.

    Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

    200 pages, 25 x 29 cm
    Published in 2014

  • Minute Repeaters – the book

    “In the realm of haute horlogerie, any mention of minute repeaters is automatically and spontaneously associated with the name Patek Philippe. It is no coincidence that collectors, aficionados, and connoisseurs of complicated watches establish a link between the brand and this extraordinary mechanism. Many good reasons justify it.” The book entitled ‘Minute Repeaters’ traces the history of Patek Philippe striking timepieces from the 19th century to the present. The fantastic journey starts with the origins of chiming watches, describes the challenges involved in crafting them, and immerses us in the hearts of these unique timekeeping instruments. The second part of the book presents in detail a number of legendary Patek Philippe chiming watches, among them the commemorative Calibre 89 and Star Caliber 2000 masterpieces.

    Minute Repeaters – the book

    140 pages, 27 X 21.5 cm
    Published in 2013

  • Star Caliber 2000

    The Star Caliber 2000 is a proud milestone in the history of watchmaking and merits a publication of appropriate importance. Patek Philippe, in cooperation with Editions Scriptar (Switzerland), published a book devoted exclusively to this extraordinary pocket watch. The richly illustrated and painstakingly detailed work is divided into three chapters: the first sheds light on the development of the watch, the second is dedicated to the poetic aspects of the Star Caliber 2000; the third chapter presents explanations supported by diagrams and photographs which help the reader to understand the technological aspects and innovations which make the Star Caliber 2000 so unusual. The epic biography of this watch gives an opportunity to discover the enchanting world of the Star Caliber 2000. It offers newcomers to the world of complicated watches and specialists alike, insights into the philosophy of Patek Philippe: to safeguard and preserve the most eminent watchmaking traditions and, at the same time, to develop technical innovations that will delight future generations.
    A DVD featuring films of the “Star Caliber 2000” and “10 Days” is included in the book, "A trip into the heart of a watch".

    Star Caliber 2000

    136 pages, 30 × 30 cm, full color illustrations.
    Published in 2000

  • Patek Philippe Wristwatches

    Anyone who owns or intends to acquire a Patek Philippe wristwatch will need to consult this book. Sister volume to Pocket Watches, Patek Philippe Wristwatches (by the same partnership of Huber and Banbery) made a major contribution to the growing popularity of fine wristwatches as collectors’ items by providing an illustrated reference to more than 400 timepieces. Photographs of the great and rare wristwatches convey the desirability of these priceless objects. Contributing illustrator, David Penney, has brought technical drawing to an art form with illustrations and diagrams showing how complicated mechanisms work. This book is very close in style to a catalog of Patek Philippe’s wristwatches, giving model numbers, serial numbers, calibers and dates of manufacturing for each representative piece or unique watch.

    Patek Philippe Wristwatches (second edition)

    1998. 364 pages, 25 × 28 cm – 417 black and white illustrations, 262 color illustrations.
    First published in 1988
    Reissue in 1998

  • Patek Philippe Pocket Watches

    Patek Philippe’s first lavishly illustrated volume on pocket watches is the definitive reference work on the company’s production, from the first Patek & Czapek watches of 1839. Some 280 watches are illustrated and described, including pocket watches of elegance and beauty, made for popes, princesses, Balkan kings and, of course, Queen Victoria. The complicated watches made for American magnates, including the legendary Graves watch, are described in detailed captions and color illustrations. There is a charming chapter on the adventures of the firm’s founder, Antoine Norbert de Patek, on a business trip to America in the 1850’s. On the technical side, chapters cover such themes as Jean Adrien Philippe’s stem-winding system, tourbillons, carousels, chronometrical competitions and complications. Written by the authority on Patek Philippe, Alan Banbery, with Patek Philippe’s leading enthusiast, Martin Huber, it yields fresh information and renewed enjoyment at every perusal.

    Patek Philippe Pocket Watches (second edition)

    292 pages, 25 × 28 cm, full color and monochrome illustrations.
    First published in 1982
    Reissue in 1993

  • The Legendary Watches from
    Patek Philippe’s Private Watch Museum

    The catalog of the exhibition showcasing “The Legendary Watches from Patek Philippe’s Private Watch Museum” contains a vast selection of timepieces presented to the public for the first time in 1989 on the occasion of Patek Philippe’s 150th anniversary. The collection was shown at the Musée de l’Horlogerie et de l’Emaillerie (Museum of Watchmaking and Enameling) in Geneva. The catalog follows the structure of the 1989 exhibition; it is an important source of information and a popular reference work on pocket watches and wristwatches. Numerous photographs, many of them close-ups, show richly decorated dials, elaborate enamel miniatures and intricate engravings as characteristic details of the horological master pieces that were chosen and acquired for the Patek Philippe private collection.

    The Legendary Watches from Patek Philippe’s Private Watch Museum, Catalog of the Musée de l’Horlogerie et de l’Emaillerie in Geneva (1989)

    136 pages, 20 × 25.5 cm, color photos. Bilingual edition with text in French and English.
    Published in 1989