Patek Philippe has been dedicated to traditional Genevan watchmaking art without interruption since 1839. The manufacturer has full creative freedom, which allows it to design, develop, and craft watches that experts consider being the world’s finest, as it is guaranteed by its founders Antoine Norbert de Patek and Adrien Philippe. In addition to exceptional skills, Patek Philippe also encourages a tradition of innovation that has meanwhile been crowned by over one hundred patents.
It’s an independent manufacturer that has its own research and development department and creates and engineers all movements and external components in its own workshops by its own master artisans. The individual parts of the movements and cases are produced, finished, and assembled in-house, from simple models to intricate timepieces. This specialized know-how follows each watch during its entire lifetime, from the first sketches to the final assembly. Patek Philippe is proudly still able to repair all of its watches ever made.
The luxury brand is owned by the Stern family since 1932 and nowadays is managed by Thierry Stern (President), Philippe Stern (Honorary President), and Claude Peny (CEO). Philippe Stern shaped the history of the manufacturer with ambitious projects such as the Patek Philippe Museum and exceptional timekeeping instruments such as the Calibre 89. His son Thierry Stern is committed to protecting Patek Philippe’s technological leadership to continuously improve the quality and long-term reliability of its timepieces.
Patek Philippe is working hard to maintain its independence. Therefore, the company relies on its own influence to achieve growth, both as regards investing for the future and in its production resources. All major projects such as the manufacturer in Plan-les-Ouates with the annexe building, the exclusive salons in Geneva, Paris, and London, the Patek Philippe Museum and the ateliers and subsidiaries in the Jura region were fully self-financed. Patek Philippe’s intention is to independently pursue the path that leads to success.
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