With no history like of Vacheron Constantin’s, no diamonds like Cartier, but with the seal of Geneva, Patek Philippe is one of the best watches manufacturer in the world. The brand quickly became a legend and is today among the great houses, with Vacheron, Breguet, Audemars Piguet and Jaeger LeCoultre. Inventions, patents, quality, performance, beauty – it embodies everything you’ve ever wanted of a watch, and even more.
On May 1st, 1839 two Polish immigrants, Antoni Patek (Businessman) and Franciszek Czapek (Watchmaker) joined forces to found “Patek, Czapek & Cie” in Geneva. In 1844, Patek met the French watchmaker, Adrien Philippe in Paris where the latter presented his pioneering stem winding and setting system by the crown. In 1845 when Czapek decided to leave the company and to continue his activity on his own, the company name changed for “Patek & Cie”. Later on, in 1851, Philippe officially associated with the company and the company got its new name: “Patek Philippe & Cie”, before changing it once more in 1901 for “Ancienne Manufacture d’Horlogerie Patek Philippe & Cie, S.A.”.
In 1932, the company was purchased by Charles and Jean Stern, two brothers owners of a fine dial manufacture in Geneva. Since then, “Patek Philippe S.A.” remains a family owned firm. In 2009 the company presidency was officially transmitted from the 3rd to the 4th generation : Thierry Stern became president and his father Philippe Stern, Honorary president.
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