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Patek Philippe Watches

History of Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe was founded by Antoni Norbert de Patek who was a brave soldier, a Polish rebellion. He was forced to leave Poland after which he settled in Switzerland. Once he reached the country, Antoni decided to develop his artistic abilities. Alongside that, he bought watch movements and sold off finished watches to Polish people. Due to the success of buying and selling watches, he decided to start his own company and chose Froncois Czapek as the partner.

In 1893, they started the watch company and named it Patek and Czapek. At the initial stage, there were not a lot of employees in the company due to which their watch movements had to be bought from another company. They simply bought the movements, send them out to the case maker for assembly and complete it in their shop. The company always believed in quality over quantity due to which they limited their watch production to 200 per year. Initially, the watches designed by them represented the religious traditions, history, and folklore of Poland.

Patek and Czapek parted their ways due to their continuous conflicts. In 1884, Patek visited France where he met Jean Adrien Philippe, a talented watch expert. They came into partnership in 1845 and in 1851, the company’s name changed to Patek Philippe & Cie.

In 1851, Queen Victoria of England was spotted flaunting the pocket watch by Patek Philippe that increased the popularity of the brand. After Queen Victoria, many other royal family members like Prince Alberto of Monaco and Russian Tsar Nicholas II started to approve Patel Philippe watches. One of the most luxurious watches by the brand; Patek Philippe Nautilus is a favourite amongst today’s celebrities. Ellen DeGeneres, Johan Hill, Brad Pitt, Henry Golding, Sergio Leone, and Mohammed Reza Pahlavi; all of them are found to be in love with their Patek Philippe collections.

When talked about movies, Patek Phillipe watches are remembered for their appearance in quite a few blockbusters. Ryan Gosling sported the watch with a brown leather strap in the movie Drive. Asia Kate Dillon bought a Patek Phillipe in the famous TV series Billions. Rap and hip-hop artists have mentioned Patek Philippe in their music as a symbol of power and money.

Some of the wealthiest people in the world also own Patek Philippe watches. Famous people like Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela, Queen Elizabeth II, The Beatles, Walt Disney, Pablo Picasso, and Prince Charles of Whales own and flaunt their watches.

Market Value of Patek Philippe Watches

Patek Phillipe is a watch brand that assures reliability, quality, and durability. When someone talks about Swiss luxury watches, this brand comes to mind. Patek Philippe is one of the most expensive and prestigious watch companies today and stand on the same platform as its competitor brands like Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, and Audemars Piguet. One of the Patek Philippe watches has the record for the most expensive wrist watch and pocket watch sold at an auction.

The reason why Patek Philippe watches are high in price is because the company has been producing fine quality watches since 1839. Some traditional processes are still used in the making of today’s watches. Royal families are a part of this company’s huge clientele. Its ground-breaking technology and exclusivity also play a significant role in making the watches so valuable. Therefore, Patek Philippe watch is like an investment. Once a watch lover sees a Patek Philippe, there is no turning back.

Noteworthy Patek Philippe Models

Every watch Patek Philippe makes has a unique design and reflects a combination of beauty and sophistication. From craftsmanship to design, Patek Philippe watches are always noticeable at a glance.

Patek Philippe Nautilus

The watch collection has been the epitome of sports since 1976. This luxurious watch collection is a big part of the company. Its unique design and marks made the watch unique in comparison to the other watches in the market. The first one to be introduced in this collection was Nautilus ref. 3700. The watch had a considerably large dial when it was launched. These timepieces reflected an incomparable class and active lifestyle. Patek Philippe Nautilus was introduced for both men and women. The latest addition to this collection is the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5990 that was launched at the Baselworld 2014.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut

With the combination of high performance, creative design, and technical excellence; Patek Philippe introduced this watch collection in 1997. These watches featured a case focused by the screw-down crown for additional wrist protection. The rounded octagonal shape and modern configuration made the watch famous amongst collectors all over the world. Aquanaut watches are hypoallergenic and comfortable to wear. They sport a tropical strap to resist UV radiation and salt water.

Patek Philippe Complications

This collection is an epitome of creativity. Apart from telling just the date and time, the watches have so much more to offer. Every Complications watch features World Time Displays, Annual Calendars, and Dual Time Zones. Patek Philippe has always enjoyed the art of watchmaking through knowledge and practice.

Patek Philippe Twenty-4

Launched in 1999, this watch collection showcased timeless elegance and feminism. The watches from this collection are dedicated to women who are modern, young, and active. They are designed to fit every precious moment in a woman’s life.

Patek Philippe has always been known for its attention to detail and commitment to craft. Every watch movement is made manually and in-house. In 2008, Patek Philippe introduced its own seal as a pledge towards excellence. There is no doubt that Patek Philippe watches are prestigious and exquisite from the point of view of a watch collector.

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