MATERIAL: 18ct Yellow Gold
MOVEMENT: Manual Mechanical
For many, Patek Philippe is regarded as the pinnacle of watch excellence. With timepieces always crafted in limited numbers, Patek Philippe’s attention to detail and horological aptitude have granted the company acclaim the world over. Its beginnings however, were humble.
Antoine Norbert de Patek began making pocket watches in 1839 in Geneva, accompanied by his fellow Polish migrant Franciszek Czapek. The company that formed was called 'Patek, Czapek & Cie’ and enjoyed relative success but, Czapek had grown restless and desired to form his own watchmaking company.
Meanwhile, during a visit to the French Industrial Exposition Antoine Norbert de Patek met a Monsieur Adrien Philippe who on that day had earned a Gold Medal for his latest invention, a mechanism for watches which allowed them to be wound and set by means of crown rather than a key.
After Czapek and Patek went their separate ways in 1844, Adrien Philippe joined the business and in 1851 the company now known as Patek Philippe was officially established.
Patek and Philippe sought to create a company that was at the forefront of luxury watches with superior movements and quality that far surpassed that of their rivals. Their desire for success granted Patek Philippe admirers in high society and numerous awards globally for horological excellence.
The business relationship between Charles Tiffany and Antoine Norbert de Patek began in 1846. During this time Tiffany & Co. wanted its own Patek Philippe pocket watches therefore, after a dinner with Patek in New York, Tiffany appointed Patek Philippe its principal supplier of pocket watches in 1851.
While it was not uncommon to see watch makers work in partnership with retailers around the world at the time, the two companies have continued to collaborate through the years culminating in Patek Philippe celebrating its unusually long association with Tiffany & Co. with a pair of special-edition watches. A men’s Annual Calendar and a women’s Gondolo marked the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Patek Philippe boutique on the second floor of Tiffany’s Manhattan flagship store, and the 161st year of the duo’s business relationship in 2013.
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