By Victoria Harrison Patek Philippe watch technology
A work of art on your wrist. Lavish, extravagant, a symbol of history and wealth rolled into one. A timepiece that can be worn with pride, with grace, and with the knowledge that the best of everything has been put into every detail and every component.
Founded more than 175 years ago, Patek and Philippe is the last of the independent watch manufacturers in Geneva and was one of the first to offer many of the innovations in the watchmaking industry. The visionary invention of the keyless works by Philippe is still used as the conceptual base of wristwatch winding mechanisms of today.
”We use our own inspirations and passions to mold the amazing timepieces through their years and place importance not only on the beauty and luxurious details of the exterior designs, but also on innovative refinement of the interior technologies along with forward-looking development of complications.”
Patek Philippe was the first brand to use the Chronifer M-15 X steel, a material specially designed for the industry by L. Klein SA. With that material in place, the Nautilus Ref 3700/1A was born in 1976, and of course, remains a classic item from this business today.
Leaders in the industry, the expensive watches are making headlines and breaking records for their extensively complicated mechanics and unique materials. ”Each anniversary brings new conceptions and invokes the imagination of buyers and collectors alike.”
To celebrate the 150th anniversary, an ingenious mechanical watch with 39 complications was conceived, with exotic features such as time of sunrise, equation of time, along with a 2,800-star chart, and a function that allows the correct day calculation for Leap Years. The Calibre 89 holds these and many more surprises for the appreciative purchaser. Of course, not to be outdone, the specially trained team at Patek Philippe forged the Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175R for the 175th anniversary. This remains today as the most complicatedly made and costliest wristwatch ever produced from this maker.
”Each piece is precisely designed, with each miniscule part of every Patek Philippe watch placed accurately by hand. It may take up to two years to create one of these masterpieces, each expert working as great artists in their own right, instilling their own dedication and skill in every step of the process.” With loving care, the exclusive design of every watch is built by watchmakers of the highest quality, ensuring each piece is stunning in every way.
Connoisseurs of exquisite timepieces will find joy in every glance made at one of these elaborately intricate works. These pieces will stand the test of time and with pride proprietors of these assets can pass the legacy pieces down through the generations. “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.”