Behind the gears of a Patek Philippe watch


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Behind the gears of a Patek Philippe watch

  1. 1. ==== ====Patek Philippe Vintage Womens Watch 18K Gold for sale by original owner. Pictures and furtherinfo at: ====As one of the most sought after watches in the world, Patek Philippe SA has literally stood the testof time. This companys luxurious, ultra-elegant timepieces have been dazzling some very luckypeople for over 140 years.Patek Philippe was founded by Count Antoine Norbert de Patek in 1845, and in the years to come,Patek would make crucial innovations to set his watches apart from the worlds competitors. Thefirst years were the most crucial, as in any new venture, and it would be a time marred bymundane accomplishments.After opening his own watch company to a relatively uninterested public, Patek feared that hispassion wouldnt be enough to lure in the customers. However, he had strong ties with Poland,and the Polish people took a liking to his watches, becoming some of the first owners.These years predate the Patek-Philippe partnership. They speak more of meager beginnings - astart that almost thwarted one of the worlds finest watches before it had a chance. In 1844, aftersporadic partnerships, Patek met Adrien Philippe, a young French inventor of keyless windingmechanisms. Pateks previous partnerships and solo efforts were all but over, and the two formeda reluctant partnership.With Philippes talent for inventing and Pateks keen eye for design and good marketing abilities,they set out to make a brand of watch never before heard of. By the time Patek Philippeintroduced the worlds first wristwatch in 1867, the company was nearing bankruptcy.However, this new, more convenient and elegant model of watch was very popular with the public.Previously, pocket watches reigned supreme. But with a new product to market, Patek Philippewas on its way to infamy. Over the next few decades, the company introduced various models ofthe chronograph wristwatch, plus they were the first to introduce the minute repeater, split-seconds hand, and perpetual calendar in their watches.The Patek Philippe Co. changed hands in 1932, and today, the third generation of Pateks familycontrols the historical company. The company also established a successful electronic divisionafter WWII, from which digital watches using the technology of quartz were introduced. PatekPhilippe traditionally constructed complete, handcrafted watches which employed some of themost complex technology of the time. The pair was considered master craftsmen.In 2008, the Patek Philippe name still invokes respect and admiration. People know this brand
  2. 2. stands for reliability and quality craftsmanship. Their watches are second to none, and the superiordedication involved requires 600 man hours of quality control to ensure that each single automaticmovement is functioning perfectly.After assembled, the watches are observed for a period of 2 weeks to 1 month, in which time theyare graded on performance. The company produces only 30,000 watches annually, and theaverage price for a Patek Philippe timepiece is $17,000. Some of their finer pieces, however, likethe 10-Day Tourbillon, are priced at over $325,000.Visit for more articles and more information about the lifestyles of therich and famous.Article Source: ====Patek Philippe Vintage Womens Watch 18K Gold for sale by original owner. Pictures and furtherinfo at: ====