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The Geneva Salon could perhaps be called the first among equals. It was in 1853 that Patek Philippe, needing larger premises as the firm grew, moved into two stories of a building on the rue du Rhône.
Here the company entered into a fifteen-year agreement that has so far lasted for more than one hundred sixty years; the site has become an enduring part of the city landscape.
Now the historic manufacturing headquarters of Patek Philippe has been put at the disposal of its customers, for whom this hallowed building is a kind of spiritual home known simply as “the salon”.
During the nineteenth century, Patek Philippe took over the entire building, floor by floor; when the company bought the premises outright in 1891, a decision to renovate was made. The company called on celebrated architect Jacques-Elisée Goss, who constructed a splendid, entirely new, and classically beautiful building.
It was perhaps the innovations inside that truly signaled Goss’s radical achievements. A pioneer of the nascent modern movement, he equipped the basement with powerful electrical generators – technically revolutionary for the time – providing electric lighting in all rooms, as well as a supply of energy to drive the tools and machines.
Goss’s design improved working conditions immeasurably: no other workshops could compare in terms of hygiene standards or the technical resources provided to enhance the quality of an employee’s work. Goss’s final coup was to install a central heating system in the basement, providing warmth for the entire building and allowing each room’s temperature to be independently regulated – an almost inconceivable luxury in those days.
Salons Patek Philippe
Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 18:30
Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00
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Friday 19th April, Monday 22th April, Thursday 30th May, Monday 10th June, Thursday 1st August, Thursday 5th September, Wednesday 25th December, Thursday 26th December, Wednesday 1st January 2020, Thursday 2nd January 2020.
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