A true innovation is marked by its enduring longevity. Patek Philippe has been at the forefront of horological innovations for 180 years. In this time, the manufacture has developed some of the most important advances in watchmaking, innovations that define how we measure time today. All innovations developed and introduced are those which will endure, to ultimately be implemented across all timepieces and collections. At Patek Philippe true innovation, is only that which endures.
Innovation is at the very heart of Patek Philippe. It demonstrates the imagination, ingenuity, and watchmaking skill of the manufacture, whilst allowing it to think differently. Because Patek Philippe is a family owned company, they can approach innovation in a distinctive way. It is never done so as a marketing gimmick, but instead, developed as a means to ensure long term functionality and technical advances that will last.
The Patek Philippe Advanced Research Program
The Patek Philippe Advanced Research Program is a concept that was initiated to cover specific scientific investigations in watchmaking. The program is the epicentre of Patek Philippe’s technical innovations, and has overseen the introduction of some of the most avant-garde developments in the last 20 years. At its heart, are a dedicated team of engineers pushing the boundaries of what is possible in horology.
Patents of Supreme Importance
Patek Philippe’s tradition of innovation has been crowned by over one hundred patents, 20 of which are of major importance to horology. Disruptive patents, such as the Annual Calendar launched in 1996, a success story for over 20 years, are signs of the scale of Patek Philippe’s developments in this field. The most recent, being the Spiromax balance spring. First introduced in 2006, and protected by 9 patents – including its special geometry, the technology ultimately makes the movement more dependable.
A Tradition of Innovation
Patek Philippe has been pursuing traditional Genevan watchmaking artistry without interruption since 1839. As a family-owned company, the manufacture benefits from full creative freedom. This allows it to design, develop, and craft the world’s finest watches. In addition to exceptional artisanal skills, Patek Philippe has, and always will, nurture a tradition of innovation.
The Founders Quest
Antoine Norbert de Patek and Adrien Philippe had but one goal: to develop and manufacture the finest timepieces in the world. This commitment is embodied in the ten values that have always represented the ideas and work of the manufacture and will continue to do so for generations to come.