When referring to Patek Philippe, often it is not the Patek Philippe price that comes to mind, but the unique temperament represented by this top-level watch. The Patek Philippe watch made in the 19th century, although the end of the axle has been rotated on the bearing more than 12 billion times, is still surprisingly accurate. The timepieces that this brand of watches can convey to people are not limited to time information. It can become a symbol of one’s identity and taste, and it is also regarded as a treasure passed on from time to time.
‘No one can own Patek Philippe, you are just keeping it for the next generation.’ Patek Philippe’s classic slogan is also a little arrogant.
The founder of Patek Philippe, Antoine Norbert de Patek, was originally a Polish revolutionary who resisted Russian rule in 1831. After the Polish Revolution failed, he fled to France and settled in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1839 he and the watchmaker Franciszek Czapek founded the Patek Czapek & Cie in Geneva.
In 1844, Anthony Patek and Jean-AdrienPhilippe met at an exhibition in Paris. At that time, Jane Philip had designed a pocket watch with a very thin case, and without the use of traditional spoons for winding and adjustment. However, the new design was ignored in the exhibition at the time. Anthony Patek was deeply attracted by them, and after a conversation, the two immediately reached an intention to cooperate.
In 1845, the watchmaker Czapek decided to leave the company and continue his business, so Patek changed its name to Patek & Cie. In 1851, Philippe officially joined the company, and the company was renamed Patek Philippe.
The Patek Philippe logo is a combination of a knight’s sword and a priest’s cross, also known as the ‘Kaldoraba Cross’, which comes from a legend of a hero: In 1185, the city of Caledoraba, Spain, was invaded by the Moors, Reverend Raymond and Cavalier Digo Belas Keyes led a deadly resistance against the people, eventually driving the Moors out. The priest’s cross and the knight’s sword together became a symbol of solemnity and bravery. This also represents the spirit of cooperation between Anthony Patek and Jane Philippe. This symbol has been in use since 1857.
In 1932, the brothers Charles and Jean Stern, who owned a fine dial manufacturer in Geneva, acquired the company. So far, Patek Philippe has maintained the operating status of the family business.
At the London World’s Fair in 1851, the Queen of England chose and bought a Patek Philippe watch. This new watch with a new handle hangs on a gold pin set with 13 diamonds, and the enamel blue gold cover is decorated with a rose made of diamonds. At that time, the Queen’s husband, Prince Burt, also bought a hunting watch from Patek Philippe. Patek Philippe thus established its aristocratic status.