Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe Watches

Founded in 1839, Patek Philippe is among the oldest and longest standing watch companies. Patek and Philippe are those two words that can make any watch lover's heart skip a beat. Although it is one of the most popular Genevan brands, yet it does not have Suisse origins. The Patek Philippe watches are notable for their constant rise in value and are sold at auctions at record-breaking prices.

At present, the Patek Philippe is one of the masters when it comes to complications of watches and it consists of over 80 different patents. Introduced in 1976, Patek Philippe Nautilus was immediately proved as a luxurious sports watch as it followed a design that was unusual for affluent watch producers at the time.

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Patek Philippe Calatrava 5296R-010
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Patek Philippe Calatrava
The Calatrava collection was launched in 1932 and was designed around the idea that form should follow function. The Patek Philippe Calatrava 5296R features rose gold case material and a brown crocodile skin bracelet with a folding clasp. The dial is silver and kept simple yet sophisticated with no numerals. It has a date window at 3 o’clock position.
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A-010
No. 2
Patek Philippe Nautilus
Since 1976, the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 has been a standout sports watch thanks to the octagonal bezel shape and the unique porthole case construction. The horizontal lines on the dial are intended to appear like teak wood boat decks. The watch features steel case material and strap as well as sapphire crystal glass. The elegant blue dial is simplistic with no numerals.
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001
No. 3
Patek Philippe Nautilus
As fresh today as when it was launched in 1976, the Nautilus line continues to impress. Featuring the Caliber mechanical self-winding movement with date, the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980 has a black-brown dial and gold applied hour markers with luminous coating. The case is rose gold and has a diameter of 40.5 mm with sapphire glass.
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G-001
No. 4
Patek Philippe Aquanaut
Launched in 2017 on the 20th anniversary of the Aquanaut line, the Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G comes in a white gold 42.2 mm case. The standout feature of this watch is the embossed checkerboard dial gently grades from black to night blue and contains applied white gold Arabic numerals with luminescent coating. The strap is blue in color to match the dial and is accompanied by an Aquanaut fold over clasp.

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Patek Philippe Complications 5205G-013
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Patek Philippe Complications 5205G-013
The Annual Calendar model from Patek Philippe features 18k white gold 40 mm casing with scratch-proof sapphire glass. A slightly concave bezel and delicately pierced strap lugs set this case apart. The day, date and months are clearly visible in three trapezoidal apertures along an arc. The sunburst two-tone blue dial has polished white gold dauphine hands with luminous inserts. The strap is hand-stitched black alligator leather with square scales and a prong buckle. The Patek Philippe moonphase display is a precision mechanism that requires adjustment only once every 122 years. Water resistant up to 30 m and featuring a skeletonized display back, the Patek Philippe Complications watch requires adjustment only once a year and is a fashionable and modern timepiece.
Patek Philippe Grand Complications 5320G-001
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Patek Philippe Grand Complications 5320G-001
Inspired by exhibits from the 1940s and 1950s in the Patek Philippe Museum, the Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar watch features a newly developed Caliber 324 self-winding mechanical movement with apertures displaying day, month, day and night indication and leap year information. The dial has applied gold numerals with luminous coating. The watch case is white gold with a diameter of 40 mm and the case back is sapphire crystal glass. The shiny chocolate brown, alligator strap with square-shaped scales is accompanied by a fold over clasp. The Patek Philippe Grand Complications timepiece is a timeless work of art that would make a priceless addition to any watch collection.

History of Patek Philippe Watches

The brand Patek Philippe was founded in 1839 and originally established in Geneva, Switzerland yet surprisingly the founders of this Geneva manufactory were not Swiss-born.

Antoni Norbert de Patek was one of the brave soldiers who were a part of the Polish rebellion against Russian domination which took place in 1830. Later, just like the other citizens, Patek was forced to leave Poland, as a result of which in 1833 he decided to settle down in Switzerland.

After his settlement, Patek thought of developing his artistic abilities and hence began his study with a notable landscape artist, Alexandre Calame. And along with his desire for the art, he also bought his first watch movements and sold finished watches to the Polish clients. In a very short time he became a success in the business of buying and selling of watches to an influential Polish clientele and because of this progress, he considered launching his own watch company and this is where he chose his close friend Franciszek Czapek as his partner.

In 1839 Antoni Patek along with Franciszek Czapek established a company and named it as "Patek and Czapek". Although at the initial stage because the company did not have any employees, they had to buy their movements (ebauches) from other companies. Their process of production involved – purchasing the movements, sending them out to the case maker so as to put them in a case, and then finalize the product in their own shop. Now instead of producing a huge number of cheap products to turn a profit, they chose to manufacture only 200 top-quality timepieces annually.

They also often involved their cultural heritage in their works. For instance, a lot of their initial watches featured unique imagery related to Polish history, religious traditions, and folklore. In spite of their combined works, Patek and Czapek many times clashed with one another, therefore Patek started looking for a new partner in order to keep his budding business afloat.

1884 was the year when Patek had gone to France for a major Industrial Exposition, and it was then that he came across Jean Adrien Philippe - a talented young French watch expert. Philippe during that period was gaining fame in the watchmaking community as he was the inventor of the keyless winding mechanism. Thus Patek and Philippe decided to start a new partnership and in 1845 Philippe was appointed as the new head watchmaker and along with Vincent Gostkowski, Philippe and Patek signed an agreement. In 1851, the company got its official title as Patek Philippe & Cie.

It was in 1851 when the British Queen Victoria acquired a pocket watch from Patek Philippe which added to the reputation of the company. And after that, all the royal families across worldwide, from the Russian Tsar Nicholas II to Prince Albert of Monaco - approved on the name of Patek Philippe.

In 1868, the Patek Philippe manufactured its first ever wristwatch for the Hungarian Countess Koscowicz. And later in 1889, it received a patent for its perpetual calendar mechanism, which should display the month and date and should also function precisely in spite of the leap years.

By 1925, Patek Philippe had successfully combined the perpetual calendar complication into a wristwatch. And another prominent milestone in the history of Patek Philippe took place in 1902 when it was awarded a patent for its double chronograph - a watch including two different mechanisms so as to measure different time periods.

At present, the Patek Philippe is one of the masters when it comes to complications of watches and it consists of over 80 different patents. So let’s review some of its noteworthy models.

Patek Philippe Nautilus

Introduced in 1976, this Patek Philippe Nautilus is considered to be a big watch manufactured by a big company. With its unique marks, this watch was immediately proved as a luxurious sports watch as it followed a design that was unusual for affluent watch producers at the time. The first in its family came with the ref. 3700 and was assorted with a 42-millimeter case diameter (quite large considering the time period when it was launched). The latest in the family line was launched at the Baselworld 2014 - the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5990. And this Nautilus watch is not only limited to men but it also has its women's collection.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut

Introduced in 1997, this Patek Philippe Aquanaut is combined with technical excellence, high performance and has a creative design. The case of the watch emphasizes by the screw-down crown which provides an extra protection on the wrist. Plus it has a modern configuration with a rounded octagonal shape. The Patek Philippe Aquanaut is comfortable to wear in addition to being resistant and hypoallergenic.

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