4th July 2018 | Geneva, Switzerland
A watch is one of the most important things that you buy, it says a lot about a person- Giorgio Armani
The foundation of one of the finest swiss watch brand dates back to 180 years.It all started in 1839 when Geneva based Francois Czapek and Antoine Norbert de Patek together laid the stepping stone of one of the biggest watch house in the form of ‘ Patek Czapek & Cie.’ But this was not all. In 1844, Jean Adrien Philippe scripted and published a book - Keyless watches or winding and setting the time without keys which lead to his arrival at ‘Patek Czapek & Cie.’ and later in 1851 the brand got its new name- Patek Philippe & Cie.
From there it was no turning back. In 1868, the brand successfully curated the first Swiss wristwatch for Hungarian countess Koscowicz which lead to the making of the first chronograph watch in 1870. This was not all. The synonym of legacy and class in today’s world, did some iconic creations in past. Be it the first complicated ladies wristwatch or the start of the split-seconds chronograph, there is one constant name associated, Patek Philippe.
When luxury encounter royalty, you see masterpieces. In 1851, Patek Philippe started leaving a mark in the royal clan. Queen Victoria acquired Patek Philippe’s key-wound watch in pendant style from the Great Exhibition of London. This made Queen Victoria and her consort Prince Albert, a name in the Patek Philippe’s regular clientele. The list was then decorated with some more worthy names like the King and Queen of Denmark, Christian IX and Princess Louise, Duke of Savoy, Victor Emmanuel III, Sultan of Egypt, Hussein Kamel and many more. Till today, the royals love the legacy of this Geneva based watch brand.
Patek Philippe is one such brand that constantly leaves the world amazed. No doubt if the manufacturing house a watch is Patek Philippe, the wrist decorator is flawlessly perfect. However, there are some curations by the brand that pleases the eyes every single time you look at like The 1951 Ref 2499 is an 18 Karats rose gold watch with features like phase dial, perpetual calendar and signature stamping or the mesmerizing timeless piece of art is the 1936 Pilot Watch with black lacquer dial and nickel case. Surely, Patek Philippe has some astonishing men’s collection but we just can’t stop ourselves from gazing the gorgeous ladies collection. The trend of wristwatches started in 1870’s by of course the lovely, Patek Philippe which was first adopted by British women. But as time passed, both males and females were seen flaunting wristwatches. With the idea of legacy encapsulated in advancement, Patek Philippe launched a five-minute repeater watch in 1916 which was sold to a New York based lady.
The 1997 Calatrava Travel Time Ref. 4864 with a complex mechanism is what properly initiated the new era of female watches.Patek Philippe, undoubtedly had an impeccable contribution in the ongoing history of ladies watches. The Swiss watch brand, today, offers the most amazing ‘grand complications’ in Women watch range like a minute repeater, perpetual calendar etc. If women are to express gratitude to someone for gifting them an abundance of choices and advancements in watches, they must write down a thank -you note to Patek Philippe & Cie.