Patek Philippe history
Since 1839, Patek Philippe, founded in Geneva, Switzerland, has been contributing to the luxury watch industry, fascinating the collectors with high-end, elegant watches. It was first called “Patek, Czapek & Cie”. Then, in 1844, Patek and Czapek separated. A year after, Patek partnered with Jean Adrien Philippe, a French watchmaker, who was famous for his keyless winding mechanism, renaming their brand as “Patek Philippe & Cie”.
After the death of Adrien Philippe in 1894, things changed a bit, with the company becoming a business corp in 1901. In 1932, the two Stern brothers, Charles and Jean Stern acquired control of the company and since then, Patek Philippe has been creating new models, ruling the luxury watch world.
Patek Philippe represents elegance and prestige, being the very best in design, craftsmanship, and heritage.
Every part in a Patek Philippe watch is hand finished. The dial designs, the hand-polished hands, the faceted batons, etc tell the difference between Patek Philippe and any other watch, looking and feeling perfect. Such balance between artistry, design, and craftsmanship is unique to Patek Philippe, calling it “Patek Philippe DNA”.
The investment value
The resale prices of Patek Philippe watches are way higher than the other brands. Some models can earn double their retail prices at auctions, especially discontinued models.
Patek Philippe has been recording every watch they produce since 1839 in their “Patek Philippe archives” from which you can know the celebrities or royal family members who have owned your watch since its production.
Less than one million watches were produced by Patek Philippe since its foundation, which is fewer than what some brands produce in a year. That’s because the production of such watches takes nine months, and even more than two years to manufacture the more complicated timepieces.
Celebrities wearing Patek Philippe
In 1868, Patek Philippe made the first wristwatch in history for Countess Koscowicz of Hungary. Many celebrities wore Patek Philippe such as Albert Einstein, Queen Victoria, and Gianni Agnelli, who was at Gentleman’s Gazette in a previous Gentleman of Style article. Jack Welch of General Electric also owned a Calatrava. Brad Pitt is a great watch collector, having a Nautilus, given to him by Angelina Jolie and also, a very rare 1952-made Patek, which was also a gift from his former beloved.
Most popular Patek Philippe models and collections
Patek Philippe Calatrava collection
The Calatrava model was created in 1932, after the Stern brothers bought the company, presenting a clean watch with a platinum or gold case. Some versions contain a hobnail bezel, black roman indexes, and a white enamel dial, suitable for black-tie events.
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse
In 1968, the Golden Ellipse was launched with its rectangular, rounded case inside the “Golden Ratio”, an irrational mathematical constant indicated by the Greek letter phi as a tribute to the sculptor Phidiasn, as scientists found out that the proportion of approx. 1.618 is everywhere in nature, therefore, Patek Philippe used this ratio in their Golden Ellipse, creating a watch with rare beauty.
Patek Philippe Nautilus
Patek Philippe created the Nautilus in 1967, of stainless steel. Its case resembles a ship’s hatch, being sportive, mainly nautical.
One of Patek Philippe’s most complicated and popular watches is the World Time, indicating not only the local time but also the time in 24 zones via two rotating discs.
Patek Philippe Grand Complications collection
Patek Philippe price range
Actually certified pre-owned Patek Philippe watches can be bought starting just from around $6,000. The question is – do you actually want a Patek Philippe for such a price?
There, of course, is the opposite side of the list with the most expensive Patek Philippe watches where prices go even up to more than $200,000. The choice is on you!
Before you actually are purchasing any luxurious men’s watches you can check out our luxury watch buying guide.