Volume IV Number 4 / 2017

Anatomy of a classic: ref. 5002

Our horological correspondent Nicholas Foulkes discusses the Sky Moon Tourbillon, a seminal model in Patek Philippe's oeuvre. He looks at the context in which the model was conceived and reveals what it is that makes the watch's minute repeater chime sound so exquisite.

Adam Lowe

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In love with lava

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The greatest show on earth

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Volume IV Number 3 / 2017

Life and times

Timothy Naftali, a presidential historian and the founding director of the federal Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in California, discusses the life and legacy of John F. Kennedy – and the remarkable Patek Philippe clock that was given to Kennedy as a gift during his famous trip to West Berlin.

How to turn heads

We visit the London workshop of Philip Treacy, whose early work appeared in the very first Patek Philippe magazine. Now one of the world’s most celebrated milliners, we see how he uses the formier Lorenzo Ré’s wooden hat blocks to create his own fantastical haute couture hat designs.

In other words

The choreographer and dancer Tan Hui-Chen describes the way in which she has been influenced by the ancient Chinese language of Nüshu – a language created and used only by women in a small area of southern China – in her critically-acclaimed dance productions

Patek Philippe in America

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Volume IV Number 2 / 2016

Nautilus

As the Nautilus celebrates its 40th birthday, Patek Philippe’s iconic steel wristwatch seems as fresh as the day that Gérald Genta unveiled his first design. Nicholas Foulkes celebrates the versatility and longevity of this much-loved model.

Another time, another place

All time is measured from the prime meridian at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, in London. Dr David Rooney, Keeper of Technologies and Engineering at the city’s Science Museum, explains why.

Land of fire and ice

Award-winning landscape photographer Simon Norfolk recounts his adventures in the Kamchatka peninsula at the eastern edge of Russia: experiencing the wilderness is a privilege as well as a challenge, he finds.

Divining the path to harmony

Photographer Andrew Rowat travelled to Anhui province in China to meet a seventh generation feng shui compass maker.

Land of fire and ice, part two

Before he traveled to Kamchatka, the photographer Simon Norfolk had been on a number of exciting assignments for Patek Philippe magazine. Here he recalls his trips to Socotra, Syria and Iraq.

Volume IV Number 1 / 2016

Origami emblem

Robert J. Lang folds a Calatrava cross from one single piece of paper.

Wide blue yonder

It was the practical needs of the earliest aviators that dictated design rules of the pilot watch, says Nick Foulkes, introducing the Calatrava Pilot.

Sweet thing

Watch amezaiku (candy sculpture) expert Shinri Tezuka at work.

Life & times

John Reardon celebrates Gilbert Albert, designer of Princess Marta zu Windisch-Graetz of Austria’s famous 1960 18k-gold bracelet watch, as well as many other masterpieces at Patek Philippe

Volume III Number 12 / 2015

Surfboards

James Malcolmson meets one of the founders of professional surfing, the acclaimed board shaper Randy Rarick, at his home in Honolulu.

Taking on the World

Peter Bellerby, globemaker, on the history of his craft and his landmark commission for the Louvre museum in Paris.

Bucking the trend

The architectural successes of maverick inventor Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983).

Africa’s Eden

Videographer Carol Sachs filmed behind the scenes on a shoot for Patek Philippe magazine in São Tomé, an island off the western equatorial coast of Africa.

Forecasting the future

Nick Foulkes takes us on a journey through the history of perpetual calendars at Patek Philippe.

Homage to horology

The directors of Patek Philippe’s three salons take us on a tour of the magnificent premises in Geneva, Paris and London.

Pictorial

Musician Stephen Coates from the X-Ray Audio project explains the origins of music “on the bone”.

Volume III Number 11 / 2015

Instrumental to perfection

Manufacture guide, Daniel Jaquet (formerly head of movement components, development and production) takes us on a tour of Patek Philippe’s unsung heroes: the watchmaking tools.

The ancient house of healing

The Passion of Christ at Santa Maria Novella pharmacy are among Mariotto di Nardo’s best preserved frescos. Sonia Chiodo explains their significance.

Roden Crater – Naked Eye Observatory

It is the hands-on experience of astronomy that connects us to the universe, says Kristen Lippincott, the former director of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

The Secret World

Artist Macoto Murayama explains his fascination with flowers and the process behind the botanical blueprints he creates in his Kanagawa workspace.

Science, illustrated

American artist Caleb Charland is inspired by the work of early experimental photographers.

On the crest of a wave

The genesis of a creation inspired by Lake Geneva. Interview with Sandrine Stern, Head of Watch Creation at Patek Philippe.

Viva Las Vega

Classic car collector Justin Banks explains his particular passion for the 1962 Facel II and why he can never part with it

Volume III Number 10 / 2014

Bauhaus

Wolfgang Thöner, Head of Collection at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, explains the impact of the Bauhaus School of Design – inspiration for Patek Philippe’s iconic Calatrava watch – and how its treasures are to be kept for future generations

Industry of nations

A whistlestop tour of World’s Fairs

Grand commissioners

The origins of many private American museums lie in the private collections amassed by the tycoons of the gilded age. Stacy Perman explains.

The making of a brand

Peter York compares two very different advertising men of the 1950s and 60s, who led the scene on Madison Avenue at the time when Patek Philippe first truly established its brand in the modern world.

Illustrating 175 years of Patek Philippe

Artist Nabil Nezzar explains how he created the stunning artwork for our special anniversary issue.

Patek Philippe 175th Anniversary

Nick Foulkes chooses his favorite pieces from a special Christie’s auction in November 2014, celebrating Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary.

Volume III Number 9 / 2013

The art of Trompe l’Oeil

Dr. Lois Oliver, curator and art historian, at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

An open and shut case

John Reardon explores the origins of the officer's watch

An open and shut case

The making of the Ref. 5227

Glass menagerie

Photographer Guido Mocafico on his nature morte project and the nineteenth-century glassmakers, the Blaschkas

The car is the canvas

When art finds a moving medium, the results can be remarkable, as the BMW Art Car series shows

Rock of ages

Writer Robert Bevan travels across Ethiopia for a photoshoot of Lalibela’s legendary underground churches

Power play

Carlos Cruz-Diez on his use of color at the Guri Dam and other public art projects

Bright sparks

From their first success as masters of pyrotechnics in the court of Louis XV, to twenty-first-century France, the legacy of the Ruggieri brothers has endured

Volume III Number 8 / 2013

Pure and simple

Philippe Stern introduces the new Calatrava Ref 5123

East meets West Coast

Extracts from the writings of Dr Kyo Koike, one of the founding members of the Japanese American Seattle Camera Club

Polished to perfection

Nick Foulkes on the journey of the Nautilus

An island reborn

The fishing isle of Fogo, off the coast of Newfoundland, has reinvented itself as an artists’ retreat

Pieces of history

John Reardon and Nick Foulkes discuss Patek Philippe limited editions

Feathers and flames

George Williamson, choreographer for the English National Ballet, on remaking Stravinsky’s The Firebird

Casting a spell

Guillaume Féau shows us his boiserie workshops in Paris

Sacred monsters

Look up in any ancient city and you will eventually see a gargoyle

Volume III Number 7 / 2012

This is how to make dials

Cadrans Flückiger, established in 1860, has been making Patek Philippe dials for more than six decades

Architect of dreams

The imaginary world of Sir Ken Adam

Atlas Mountains

Info-graphics from the 1800s

Cover versions

The Tregaskis bookbinding exhibition

Capturing the Stars

The work of Étienne Léopold Trouvelot

Volume III Number 6 / 2012

American Dream

Extracts from an interview with Hank Edelman, chairman of the board of Patek Philippe New York, on his fiftieth anniversary with the company

Stony Silence

The story of Nemrut Dagi

Volume III Number 5 / 2011

America's Top Models

Architect Richard Meier at his model museum in New York

Empire Builder

Sinan's Istanbul

Volume III Number 4 / 2011

Life & times

The remarkable story of Lieutenant Charles Woehrle and his Patek Philippe watch

Shrouds of Mystery

The final cut

Shrouds of Mystery

Behind the scenes of a photographic shoot

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