Patek Phillipe is one of the leading brands of haute orlogerie and the standard of high watchmaking art. Just this Geneva Watch House is on tops of the ratings and rankings of international chronometric industry. It possesses all the virtues that turn Swiss watches into objects of desire, attributes of status and luxury items. Patek Phillipe represents a rich history (the brand was founded in 1839), a number of revolutionary inventions in watchmaking, an impeccable design, perfect precision, all kinds of awards and honours, and, finally, the deserved recognition in professional circles.
Exclusivity and complexity are the qualities that characterize Patek Phillipe. Watches of this brand are produced in limited editions and are among the most expensive in the world. Exactly these watches are chosen by representatives of business, political and cultural elite. Among the owners of the brand watches are the Royal families of Denmark and Italy, the Sultan of Egypt Hussein Ka, ex-President of France Nicolas Sarkozy, Russian President Vladimir Putin and many other major historical figures, both contemporary and historical.
However, Pаtеk Philippe is not resting on the laurels of earned authority. On the contrary, recognition made the company free from fashion, public opinion, and design trends. It also allowed it to set rules in the watch industry. So, Pаtеk Philippe does not disdain the use of base steel and even quartz; it is free from exposing the tourbillon and other complications, hiding them behind the rear cover; it uses vintage case size, such as 33 mm and even produces some models in long run. All this doesn’t lower the dignity of the Watch House at all, but rather characterizes its exclusivity.
Patek Philippe has world records to its name, the company issued the complicated watch with 24 functions in a single copy specifically for banker Henry graves. It is listed in the Guinness book of records as the most expensive watch in the history: in 1999, the price was $11 000 000, and in 2014 at the auction in honor of 175th anniversary of the Patek Philippe House Supercomplication was sold for astronomical 24 million US dollars, thereby having updated the record. And the watch Calibre 89, released in 1989 for the 150th anniversary of the brand, is rightly considered one of the most complex in the world. They are supplied with 33 functions.