Patek Philippe’s spirit and reputation is embodied in ten values, which continue to represent the very essence of this iconic brand. With a heritage rooted in the tradition of fine watchmaking and the importance of family, Patek Philippe is the last remaining family-owned independent Swiss watchmaker. Since 2009, Thierry Stern has served as President of the brand, representing the fourth generation of the Stern family committed to safeguarding Patek Philippe's technological leadership, continuously improving the quality and long-term dependability of its timepieces.
THE TEN VALUES OF PATEK PHILIPPE
As the oldest family owned, Genevan watch manufacture, Patek Philippe prides itself on independence and its ability to control its own destiny and long term vision. The manufacture develops its own timepieces and movements in-house, according to its own stringent quality criteria, which are set forth in the ‘Directives of the Patek Philippe Seal’. Patek Philippe’s independent spirit guarantees continuity, resilience and trustworthiness.
Founded in 1839, the history of the Patek Philippe manufacture is part of Geneva’s strong watchmaking tradition. This great legacy was born out of the experience and ingenuity of countless generations, that have safeguarded the manufacture. The tradition of innovation and reinvention is archetypical of Patek Philippe. The master watchmakers and craftsmen remain true to noble artisanal techniques, perpetuating timeless gestures and lending their expertise to the fine art of watchmaking, whilst staying abreast of the latest feats of horological engineering.
With the tradition of innovation in mind, Patek Philippe constantly pushes the boundaries of watchmaking artistry.
Through its avante-garde achievements at the forefront of technology, the manufacture has claimed its pioneering role in the world of horology. Patek Philippe have filled over 100 patents, including twenty patents of major importance in watchmaking history. The Patek Philippe Seal was developed as a dynamic quality hallmark that attests to the technological progress, in the service of long-term improvements of the functionality, reliability and rate accuracy of timepieces.
QUALITY & FINE WORKMANSHIP
The founders of the brand- Antoine Norbert de Patek and Adrien Philippe- had one supreme goal: to develop and manufacture the finest timepieces in the world. To this day, quality and fine workmanship remain the motto behind the production of timepieces at Patek Philippe. This applies to not only the movement and the external elements of each watch, but also to the rate of accuracy, technical concept and the performance of each function. The Patek Philippe Seal is the most exclusive of quality commitments in the entire horological industry and both Thierry and Philippe Stern personally stand by all of the commitments embodied within it.
Patek Philippe conceives all of its timepieces as exclusive creations. The watch house has over 200 different models in regular production, crafted in small series of between twelve and several hundred watches- each fitted with proprietary movements. Rigorous quality standards are applied to each and every step of the watchmaking process, and many months are invested in the completion of every Patek Philippe watch. Each timepiece made by the manufacture is a unique creation, which is coveted by watch connoisseurs.
Every Patek Philippe watch is the product of centuries of expertise and countless hours of work. Consequently, each timepiece is a precious asset that will retain or increase in value over the years. Many timepieces created by Patek Philippe have gained cult status in the world of watchmaking, and they fetch record breaking prices at auctions. Deemed a solid investment amongst collectors, most would consider a Patek Philippe timepiece to be an irreplaceable family heirloom.
There is more than initially meets the eye to the aesthetic appeal of a Patek Philippe timepiece. The mechanical perfection coupled with the timelessness of the designs, has established Patek Philippe as leader in the manufacture of elegant and sophisticated watches. The unmistakable style of a Patek Philippe timepiece has inspired true horological classics, creating watches that retain their irresistibility from generation to generation.
Patek Philippe rely on a network of hand-picked authorised dealers to provide the highest possible standards in after-sales service. As a key criteria of the Patek Philippe Seal, the manufacture ensures that its services supersedes all expectations of Patek Philippe owners, to provide the best experience. This ensures that each timepiece will receive the care and attention needed for it to function for generations.
Patek Philippe owners talk about their collections with passion and affection. A Patek Philippe is much more than just a device for telling the time. As a timepiece which has been created to be passed down the generations as a precious family heirloom, all Patek Philippe watches are incredible personal possessions. The purchase of a Patek Philippe timepiece is often a momentous, celebratory occasion; and offering it as a gift is the most meaningful expression of love.
The acquisition of a Patek Philippe timepiece is akin to becoming the custodian of an artistic and scientific tradition. It opens up the world of a family owned company, traditionally handed down from fathers to sons, with each generation dedicated to continuing a unique legacy. The purchase of a Patek Philippe, brings a family a new heirloom to treasure and pass down. By building bridges between the generations, owners begin their own tradition.