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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photographer Andrew Rowat travelled to Anhui province in China to meet a seventh generation feng shui compass maker.
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.
Robert J. Lang folds a Calatrava cross from one single piece of paper.
It was the practical needs of the earliest aviators that dictated design rules of the pilot watch, says Nick Foulkes, introducing the Calatrava Pilot.
Watch amezaiku (candy sculpture) expert Shinri Tezuka at work.
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
James Malcolmson meets one of the founders of professional surfing, the acclaimed board shaper Randy Rarick, at his home in Honolulu.
Peter Bellerby, globemaker, on the history of his craft and his landmark commission for the Louvre museum in Paris.
The architectural successes of maverick inventor Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983).
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.
Nick Foulkes takes us on a journey through the history of perpetual calendars at Patek Philippe.
The directors of Patek Philippe’s three salons take us on a tour of the magnificent premises in Geneva, Paris and London.
Musician Stephen Coates from the X-Ray Audio project explains the origins of music “on the bone”.
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 Passion of Christ at Santa Maria Novella pharmacy are among Mariotto di Nardo’s best preserved frescos. Sonia Chiodo explains their significance.
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.
Artist Macoto Murayama explains his fascination with flowers and the process behind the botanical blueprints he creates in his Kanagawa workspace.
American artist Caleb Charland is inspired by the work of early experimental photographers.
The genesis of a creation inspired by Lake Geneva. Interview with Sandrine Stern, Head of Watch Creation at Patek Philippe.
Classic car collector Justin Banks explains his particular passion for the 1962 Facel II and why he can never part with it
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
A whistlestop tour of World’s Fairs
The origins of many private American museums lie in the private collections amassed by the tycoons of the gilded age. Stacy Perman explains.
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.
Artist Nabil Nezzar explains how he created the stunning artwork for our special anniversary issue.
Nick Foulkes chooses his favorite pieces from a special Christie’s auction in November 2014, celebrating Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary.
Dr. Lois Oliver, curator and art historian, at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
John Reardon explores the origins of the officer's watch
The making of the Ref. 5227
Photographer Guido Mocafico on his nature morte project and the nineteenth-century glassmakers, the Blaschkas
When art finds a moving medium, the results can be remarkable, as the BMW Art Car series shows
Writer Robert Bevan travels across Ethiopia for a photoshoot of Lalibela’s legendary underground churches
Carlos Cruz-Diez on his use of color at the Guri Dam and other public art projects
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
Philippe Stern introduces the new Calatrava Ref 5123
Extracts from the writings of Dr Kyo Koike, one of the founding members of the Japanese American Seattle Camera Club
Nick Foulkes on the journey of the Nautilus
The fishing isle of Fogo, off the coast of Newfoundland, has reinvented itself as an artists’ retreat
John Reardon and Nick Foulkes discuss Patek Philippe limited editions
George Williamson, choreographer for the English National Ballet, on remaking Stravinsky’s The Firebird
Guillaume Féau shows us his boiserie workshops in Paris
Look up in any ancient city and you will eventually see a gargoyle
Cadrans Flückiger, established in 1860, has been making Patek Philippe dials for more than six decades
The imaginary world of Sir Ken Adam
Info-graphics from the 1800s
The Tregaskis bookbinding exhibition
The work of Étienne Léopold Trouvelot
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