Patek Philippe is one of the most respected watchmaking companies in the world today. The company was established in 1839 by two Polish immigrants and one of them was known as Norbert de Patek. They were later joined by a Frenchman called Adrien Phillipe in 1844 and they named their company as Patek Philippe and Cie. In early 1930s, Patek Philippe was sold to Stern who continued to operate the company with his family. The company has employed more than 1,200 employees who help in designing, manufacturing and sales of more than 40,000 watches every year. Three quarters of these watches are mechanical.
Patek Philippe has adopted an uncompromising commitment of manufacturing the high quality watches that are admired across the globe. The company has received many awards including the most prestigious award known as Geneva Seal. It’s important to note that 99% of watch makers have never received Geneva Seal in their entire history. Patek Philippe models have surpassed all established standards that are set for watch makers. Patek Philippe has more than 1,200 distinct and separate operations that are used to complete a wristwatch. These operations take between eight and twelve months to finish a self-winding or single manual timepiece. Quality assurance inspectors spend about 600 hours conducting quality control checks followed by meticulous assessments on every watch to ensure that it operates as required.
Calibre 89 is one of the most expensive watches manufactured by Patek Philippe. This timepiece has the most complicated functions that you can ever find in a mechanical watch. The Calibre 89 is an example of Patek Philippe at its very best. This watch is believed to be one of the finest pieces that the Swiss watch maker has ever produced. Patek philippe Calibre 89 has a diameter of 9cm, thickness of 4cm and a weight of 1.1kg. The watch functions by use of mechanical movement, which is encased in a precious metal. Mechanical movements is done by hundreds of gears, bridges, pins, springs, pivots, tiny screws and pinions, which make up total of 1,700 parts.
Patek Philippe 1943 timepiece Ref. 1527 is one of the most expensive watches to be designed by this company. Its precious case is manufactured using yellow gold and weighs about 18 karats. The watch has date indicator, gold Arabic numerals, more than 20 gemstone encrustments, minute markings and compensation balance mechanism. Patek Philippe 1943 has a silver matte dial that measure 37mm, which is bigger than other most watches of that era.
Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Minute 1895/1927 is also categorized among the most expensive wristwatches to be designed by the Swiss watch maker. The watch has a tonneau shape with an 1895 movement and a case of 1927. This watch has a Grave family coat of arms meaning that it comes from Henry Graves Jnr’s collections. Graves is the famous man who used to own Patek Philippe complication clock watch. Patek Philippe Model 2499 is another popular timepiece that has a case manufactured from rose gold and weighs 18 karats. There are only six pieces of this model that have ever been made and one of them was sold in 2007 at Christie’s auction. The watch has a stamp that contain Patek Philippe signature.
Patek Philippe Model 1591 is another great piece of work from the Swiss watch maker. The watch is manufactured using stainless steel. Watch experts believe that only two pieces of this watch were ever made. In 2007 one of them was placed for sale at Christie’s Auction and it became the most highly priced stainless steel wristwatch to be sold in any auction. Patek Philippe Model 1591 was first known to public in 1996 and in the same year that it was sold at the auction.
Patek Philippe Grogan 1925 is a unique wristwatch that was designed for left-handed individuals. Its keys and controls are placed on the left side of this watch which makes it easier for the southpaw users. The wristwatch has a cushion shape and it’s made from gold. Patek Philippe Grogan was placed on auction in the year 2006. Another popular model is Patek Philippe pilot watch 1936 which is said to be a revolutionary watch due to the size of its casing. The casing measures about 55mm in diameter and it’s made of chrome and nickel. The watch has a black lacquer with scales and Arabic numerals that are carved with white varnish. The other great model from the Swiss watch maker is Patek Philippe officier 1923 that was made from yellow gold and has a weight of 18 karats. This timepiece has a 60-minute repeater and a chronograph.
Patek Philippe watches targets customers who put great value on brand name, quality, emotional value and styling. The target market for Patek Philippe watches are customers who are willing to invest huge amount of money and time in order to get watches that are technically elaborated and have a unique design.