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.
In 1931 Louis Cottier invented the first successful World Time system for a watch. His design was very simple: the timepiece shows central local time with hour and minute hands on a static centre dial. The hour hand and a rotating inner ring are linked together so as the hour hand rotates over 12 hours, the inner ring would rotate counter clockwise over 24 hours. The adjustable outer chapter ring with the major cities that correspond with the separate timezones is set by turning the local city to 12 o’clock and then setting the local time on central hands. Once the user has aligned local time with the 12 o’clock point of the local dial, the watch and its corresponding outer ring would correctly display the correct time in both hours and minutes and night or day, simultaneously. All on one solitary dial.
Cottier produced many World Time movements for Patek Philippe starting with The ref. 605HU (Heures Universelles) which was produced from 1937 up to the late 60s.
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