TRUE LEGACY

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Watches Bazaar -

From the time it was founded, in 1839, the watch house Patek Philippe made its mark, favoured in royal cir­cles. For one, the watch man­u­fac­ture caught Queen Vic­to­ria’s eye at an ex­po­si­tion at the Lon­don Crys­tal Palace in 1851, where she bought a dainty pen­dant watch with di­a­mond roses on blue enamel for her­self and a pocket watch with chronome­ter es­cape­ment and quar­ter-re­peater for her hus­band, Prince Al­bert.

Fast for­ward to 2014, and fourth-gen­er­a­tion CEO Thierry Stern now leads the com­pany cel­e­brat­ing its 175th an­niver­sary. “One of the se­crets of our suc­cess is our in­de­pen­dence. We are the last fam­ily-owned watch man­u­fac­ture in Geneva,” he says. “I feel proud to be at the helm dur­ing this im­por­tant his­tor­i­cal mile­stone and look for­ward to main­tain­ing the long-stand­ing spirit of cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion for which the com­pany is known.” www.patek.com

The ate­lier in 1950

Twenty~ 4 Haute Joail­lerie watch, Patek Philippe De­con­struct­ing the Nau­tilus Travel Time Chrono­graph

Nau­tilus Travel Time Chrono­graph watch, Patek Philippe

An­toine Nor­bert de Patek, one of the founders of Patek Philippe

An ad­ver­tise­ment for the Pre­mière Nau­tilus Dame watch in 1980

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