The origins of Patek Philippe date back to 1839 and two watchmakers: Antoine Norbert de Patek and Franciszek Czapek. The two gentlemen parted ways in 1944 and in 1945 Patek joined forces with Jean Adrien Philippe and the company was registered under the name Patek Philippe. It has been in constant operation ever since. It is the last independent, family-owned Genevan watch manufacture and is considered by many experts and aficionados to be one of the most prestigious watch manufacturers.
The company has been owned by the Stern family since 1932 and is managed today by Thierry Stern, President, alongside his father, Philippe Stern, who is Honorary President and CEO Claude Peny.
Five interesting facts about Patek Philippe
- Patek Philippe holds the record for the most expensive timepiece sold at auction – the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime (Ref. 6300A) that sold for $31 million during the 8th Only Watch auction in Geneva in 2019.
- Patek Philippe also has its own museum in downtown Geneva, which is considered among the most important collections of historical timepieces, showcasing both Patek Philippe and other brands in the world.
- Antoine Norbert de Patek was Polish, Franciszek Czapek was both Polish and Czech, and Jean Adrien Philippe was French.
- A number of famous watchmakers have worked for Patek Philippe, including Gerald Genta, Roger Dubuis, and Laurent Ferrier, all of whom went on to found their own successful watch brands.
- Famous people spotted wearing Patek Philippe include Elizabeth Taylor, the Dalai Lama, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlie Sheen, Ellen DeGeneres, and Ed Sheeran, among others.