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."
Honorary President of Patek Philippe
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. CHF 220.-
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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