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THE STERN FAMILY CELEBRATED PATEK PHILIPPE’S 175TH BIRTHDAY WITH A GRAND SHINDIG IN GENEVA AND AN IMPRESSIVE ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION, Melissa Lim REPORTS
Free-flowing champagne and caviar, matched with performances and an elaborate animated film telling the story of the company’s milestone achievements since its inception in 1839, greeted guests at Patek Philippe’s splendid 175th anniversary bash. Held at the company’s manufacturing facility in Plan-les- Ouates, a suburb of Geneva, the event catered to an international community of collectors, journalists and retailers who thrive on the watchmaking arts. Guests who were expecting a subdued celebration in keeping with Patek Philippe’s aesthetic were surprised by the grand festivities, where the highlight was the unveiling of six new timepieces, all part of the firm’s 175th anniversary collection.
The watchmaker’s name is rightly recognised and revered the world over for its steady stream of impressive timepieces and supreme craftsmanship, but it’s also admired for the degree of consistency it has maintained over nearly two centuries. In the past, timepieces issued by Patek Philippe to commemorate anniversaries have been nothing short of extraordinary, as is the case with the collection created to celebrate the brand’s anniversary.
The owners of Patek Philippe, the Stern family, took over the brand in 1940, when