A Moment in Time: Thierry and Philippe Stern Speak Out about Patek Philippe at the 175th Anniversary Celebrations

 |  October 20th, 2014

Last week in Geneva, we had the grand experience of joining the legendary Patek Philippe watch brand in its celebration of the brands’ 175th anniversary.  We brought you the milestones in the company’s history here and the news of the major grand complication unveiled (the Master chime) here.  But that is just a small portion of what Patek Philippe had to offer for the 175th anniversary.  The celebrations were not just a look back in history, and not just the unveiling of a grand complication  – the brand’s most complex wrist watch to date, but also were and are about other commemorative watches, the brand’s future and more.  “Back in 1964, when I took over Patek Philippe,” says Philippe Stern,…

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Introducing the Patek Philippe GrandMaster Chime: Ref. 5175 the most Complicated Patek Wristwatch yet with 1,366 movement parts and 20 complications

 |  October 13th, 2014

There is so much to tell about the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe. Yesterday, we wrote HERE about what it is that makes this brand so special – the milestones in watchmaking history it has achieved. We have a lot more to say about that, but for now, we get right to the business at hand – as we know full well the world is waiting for the big reveal. Tonight, with 300 global journalists present in Geneva at the Patek Philippe workshops – the Sterns (father Philippe and son Thierry) unveiled the amazing new creations that commemorate the brand’s 175th anniversary. They are many and they are superb. As such, we have decided to hold most of the unveilings…

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A Look at the 175 Years that Shaped Patek Philippe Into Today’s Watchmaking Benchmark

 |  October 13th, 2014

Today, in Geneva, Patek Philippe – long-regarded as the pinnacle of Swiss horology — begins what is a weeklong celebration of its 175th anniversary. To mark the occasion of the brand’s founding in 1839, Patek Philippe is hosting celebration events that include the unveiling of commemorative anniversary timepieces that just may rock the watchmaking world. Let’s not forget that for the brand’s 150th anniversary in 1989, the commemorative watch inspire by the momentous occasion was the famed Caliber 89. In fact, I remember well the unveiling of that watch. In fact, I searched through some of my old – very old – paper press clippings to find one of my interviews with Mr. Stern — then brand president — about the brand’s desire…

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Would You Pay $400,000 for a Nine-Year-Old Patek Philippe?

 |  June 12th, 2014

Christie’s Important Watches Auction yesterday in New York yielded nearly $8.8 million in sales, further underscoring the thriving collector watch market. The top lot, Lot 366, in the auction was a 2008 Patek Philippe Reference 5033 platinum tonneau minute repeater with annual calendar. Sold with original certificate, the watch went to a private American collector who paid $401,000 – more than $20,000 above the expected sale price. Got to love those Patek collectors! The second top-selling lot, Lot 163, also went for way above its expected price. That watch was an 18-karat white gold and diamond bracelet Piaget, Ref. 40011 that had been created in 2002. It sold for $365,000 to an Asian collector. Finally, Lot 46, a 1994 Vacheron…

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We’re Officially Back: BaselWorld 2014, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

 |  April 7th, 2014

This was a particularly long trip f or me. It always is. Basel is an eight-day marathon test of endurance of strength and memory. This year, however, I also went a week early to Europe to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Bulgari (we’ll bring you more about that here soon).  So, two and a half weeks later, we return to the USA – intent on bringing all the news that’s fit to print (and maybe a little that is not).  Here we indulge in giving you highlights of the sheer dimensions and scope of BaselWorld. For those who already know and have visited BaselWorld, we posted an insider’s view a little earlier thanks to a Guest Editorial from watch veteran,…

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