Re­turn to the Arts

THE STERN FAM­ILY CEL­E­BRATED PATEK PHILIPPE’S 175TH BIRTH­DAY WITH A GRAND SHINDIG IN GENEVA AND AN IM­PRES­SIVE AN­NIVER­SARY COL­LEC­TION, Melissa Lim RE­PORTS

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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

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