Patek Philippe watches are more than just timepieces. They are a legacy of emotion and sophistication, created by Geneva’s longest-standing continuously run family watch manufacturer.
‘You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely take care of it for the next generation’. Patek Philippe’s famous advertising slogan tells you everything you need to know about the legendary watchmaker’s pride in its own story. Every luxury watch created by the award-winning, multiple-world-first-achieving company is a sophisticated and delicate achievement in the art of horology - but it is also a descendant of the most famous and admired examples of watchmaking in human history.
Patek Philippe ‘supercomplication' watches are the stuff of horological legend. They include the Henry Graves Supercomplication, a two-time holder of the record for the most expensive luxury watch ever sold at auction. This spectacular achievement set the tone for all grand complication watches that have come since, and its movement is still seen as one of the all-time great achievements of haute horlogerie.
Complications have become Patek Philippe’s legacies: moon phase indicators of extraordinary precision, time zone movements, chronographs, and jumping displays all characterise the brand’s modern pieces. From Nautilus to Calatrava, Patek Philippe luxury watches incorporate these most prestigious of complications within a glorious profusion of case styles. Thin gold dress watches, muscular sports watches, slender ladies’ luxury watches - there’s a Patek Philippe for every taste, from the classic tonneau and rectangular faces of the Gondolo to the pure innovation of the Golden Ellipse - launched in 1968 to instant universal acclaim.
Luxury watchmaking legend Gerald Genta designed the Nautilus - Patek Philippe’s stainless steel sports watch - in the 1970s. Its powerful style marked a departure for Patek Philippe luxury watches, which had never featured a sports model before. Now, along with its modern sibling the Aquanaut, the Nautilus is one of the most desired and revered sports watches in the world.
Patek Philippe’s luxury watches embody 10 historical values: independence, tradition, innovation, quality, rarity, value, aesthetics, service, emotion, and heritage. Of all these values, it is value itself that is the most evident when you first look at a Patek Philippe. Every Patek Philippe, whether it is a one-off design like the Henry Graves or a regularly produced model, is part of a run that rarely exceeds several hundred pieces. And that makes it a genuinely rare object, a thing of beauty and fascination destined to last through generations. Furthermore, each luxury watch benefits from Patek Philippe’s unbroken history of innovation and design - a story that has included the filing of more than 80 Swiss patents, 20 of which have had a lasting effect on horology.
Traditional, groundbreaking, heart-stopping. A Patek Philippe is a horological creation that passes from parent to child, carrying with it the story of fine watchmaking - and the stories of the people who have worn it.