Hand­craft­ing a Con­ti­nu­ity

ASIDE FROM CRE­AT­ING BEAU­TI­FUL WATCHES FOR THE NEXT GEN­ER­A­TION, PATEK PHILIPPE IS ALSO DED­I­CATED IN PRE­SERV­ING ELAB­O­RATE HAND­CRAFTS AS­SO­CI­ATED WITH WATCH­MAK­ING, THAT DATES BACK TO THE 16TH CEN­TURY

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Patek Philippe has been pre­serv­ing age-old dec­o­ra­tive skills that have been di­rectly as­so­ci­ated with horol­ogy for more than four cen­turies. The Stern fam­ily is ded­i­cated in pro­tect­ing these artis­tic skills for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. “Patek Philippe has al­ways tried to pre­serve artis­tic crafts even when there was lit­tle de­mand. We would al­ways pro­vide ar­ti­sans with work so they could main­tain their dex­ter­ity and tra­di­tions,” says Philippe Stern, the stal­wart be­hind the brand. His son Thierry agrees, “The beauty of hand­crafted pieces is that the hand of the crafts­man is in­dis­pens­able.” This is why Patek Philippe re­tains the tal­ents of ar­ti­sans that are rare to find to­day, like chain­smiths. “Once upon a time, chain smithing was all the rage. To­day, we have two work­ing for us to keep it for the fu­ture,” says Philippe. Aside from chain smithing, other crafts un­der Patek Philippe’s pro­tec­tion in­clude marquetry-mak­ing, enam­elling, gem- set­ting, guil­loché and engraving. Each year, Patek Philippe pro­duces around 40 one-of-a-kind works of rare handcraftsmanship. The reg­u­lar col­lec­tion is also en­riched an­nu­ally with new mod­els dec­o­rated by ar­ti­sans at the top of their game. The Sterns them­selves are in­volved, es­pe­cially Thierry and his wife Sandrine, the head of watch cre­ation for the brand. Patek Philippe con­tin­ues to com­mis­sion work from gifted ar­ti­sans to pre­serve these age-old dec­o­ra­tive skills and main­tain their ded­i­ca­tion to rare hand­crafts. Safe­guard­ing these an­cient pro­fes­sions comes with its own re­wards, as Thierry and Sandrine at­test to in in­ter­views. “In the cre­ation of rare hand­crafts, the key is plea­sure: the plea­sure of cre­at­ing, of bring­ing to life, and ob­vi­ously of shar­ing these ob­jects within our fam­ily or with our clients,” con­cludes Sandrine in de­scrib­ing why the en­tire Patek Philippe fam­ily is stead­fast in this noble act of art con­ser­va­tion.

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