The founders Antoine Norbert de Patek and Jean Adrien Philippe vowed to produce only the world's finest watches and to honour the watch making art by perpetuating the traditional values and the ceaseless quest for innovation that are its lifeblood.
Several great landmark timepieces provided great sources of inspiration in the development of the latest model, the Star Caliber 2000: the Leroy 01, Breguet's Marie-Antoinette, as well as historic Patek Philippe timepieces the Graves, the landmark Calibre 89, (the world's most complicated portable timepiece), the Packard and the Duke of Regla, each an horological masterpiece in its own right.
The Packard boasted an extremely rare feature in its magnificent unpierced celestial chart.
This supremacy has always appealed to those who pursue perfection and excellence. Celebrities as diverse as Marie Curie, Léon Tolstoï, Queen Victoria and Richard Wagner rank amongst their earliest clients.
Historically, their relationships with the great and the good have encouraged Patek Philippe to produce horological mechanisms of hitherto unparalleled creativity.
It is the last surviving independent watch manufacturer in Geneva, a legacy reflected in the 160-year-old tradition of excellence.