Few companies have passed the test of time as gracefully as Patek Philippe. Founded in 1845 by Count Anthony Norbert Patek, the company has been known as a major watchmaking innovator since its opening, from its first product – a pocket watch with a minute repeater – to its latest innovation – a watch that can imitate the chime of Big Ben, calculate the phases of the moon and keep track of the annually changing date of Easter.
The cost of the basic Patek Philippe model is about 17 thousand dollars – even the flagship Rolex watches can’t compete with such an amount – and this is the sum that will have to be paid for “ordinary” watches, deprived of the famous watch company’s complications.
Patek Philippe watches are distributed through a special dealer network around the world, which includes Tiffany, Tourneau and Henri Stern stores. For the past fifty years the Patek Philippe brand has been owned by the Charles and Jean Stern family. Patek Philippe is considered by many experts and fans to be one of the most prestigious watch brands along with Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin and A. Lange & Söhne.