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Grand Complications represent the very pinnacle of watchmaking. So, for Patek Philippe to create such an extensive collection - in regular production - of these most complex of timepieces is testament to the Manufacture’s unparalleled watchmaking expertise.
And while their technical complexity is of paramount importance, it should never come at the cost of perfect aesthetics. This elegant balance lies at the center of Patek Philippe’s philosophy on Grand Complications.
In this episode, we trace the history and development of the Patek Philippe Manufacture and its historical buildings - from the earliest days in 1839 through to today, and the opening of the new production facility in Geneva.
Today, Pilot-style watches are an essential component of the Patek Philippe collections. The range, which includes limited editions and grand complications, was inspired by the pilot and military watches created by the Manufacture in the years leading up to World War II.
The Grandmaster Chime is the most complicated Patek Philippe wristwatch ever made. It boasts twenty complications, a reversible case, two independent dials and six patented innovations.
This episode traces the extraordinary heritage of the Gondolo; from its Brazilian origins in the late 1800s right through to today’s Art Deco-inspired collection.
Since 1839, Patek Philippe has been committed to preserving traditional skills gathered under the denomination "Rare Handcrafts", which have long served in the detailed and refined decoration of timepieces.
Perhaps the most classic of complications, and one of the most appreciated by aficionados, the chronograph function is an additional mechanism within a mechanical watch that allows the measurement of elapsed time.
The Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition was held in Singapore – for the very first time - at the Marina Bay Sands Theater, from September 28 to October 13, 2019.
“You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.”
In 2019, Patek Philippe proudly introduces a new function for calendar watches: the weekly calendar.
We are delighted to announce the launch of new, international editions of Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography.
At the turn of the century, Patek Philippe introduced the Twenty~4, a diamond set steel timepiece created to suit every moment in the life of a modern and stylish woman.
Gemsetting is one of the oldest specialist techniques used to decorate timepieces.
It was six years ago that the Manufacture undertook a new mechanical challenge: combining a Travel Time function with a newly developed alarm movement.
Since 1839, Patek Philippe has been designing and manufacturing timepieces synonymous with reliability, accuracy and precision. In the late 17th and 18th century, pendulum clocks known as regulators, illustrious for their precision, served as reference timers in a watchmaker’s workshop.
The legendary Calatrava is one of the very purest representations of the Patek Philippe style. Created in 1932, the collection is recognized by many as the very essence of the round wristwatch, embodying both form and function.
The perpetual calendar, a complication which truly demonstrates the Manufacture’s pursuit of capturing eternity, has been mastered by Patek Philippe since its foundation with the creation of the company’s first perpetual calendar pocket watch in 1864 and the world's first perpetual calendar wristwatch in 1925.
This episode reads the tale of decades of astronomical research, defying technological limits in the pursuit of bringing the sky to your wrist.
Maintaining the beauty and precision of a Patek Philippe timepiece requires extremely accurate and meticulous hand-finishing techniques. Each watch produced includes the recognized Patek Philippe Seal of excellence, guaranteeing the longevity and superior quality associated with Patek Philippe watches.
For two decades, the Twenty~4 timepieces have accompanied the active modern women in their everyday lives. A new chapter for this prestigious collection is about to unfold with the introduction of five self-winding mechanical ladies’ watches.
Having successfully navigated five decades of changing fashion trends, the iconic Golden Ellipse celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018.
In 1884, the International Meridian Conference adopted universal time and the world was officially divided into 24 time zones. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) became the principle meridian. Ever since, the watchmakers’ challenge has been to display multiple time zones on just one dial.
At the start of the 19th century, Switzerland was challenging the United Kingdom for its watchmaking supremacy.
A contemporary interpretation of the Patek Philippe legacy, the Aquanaut was envisioned as a modern timepiece for the younger generation.
In 1977, the watchmaking industry witnessed the genesis of the Caliber 240; the thinnest self-winding movement of its time.
Over nearly two centuries, Patek Philippe has celebrated rare handcrafts and ensured their preservation. The Stern family has continued this absolute commitment to commissioning work from gifted and uniquely talented artisans.
On the occasion of Baselworld 2018, Patek Philippe presents its first self-winding Travel Time for ladies: The Calatrava Pilot Travel Time.
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