What Makes Patek Philippe Special?

Patek Philippe is a Swiss luxury watchmaker that was founded in 1839 and is as famous – if not more famous than Rolex. Albert Einstein and Pope Pius IX are among the personalities that have sported Patek Philippe watches.

History of Patek Philippe

It all began in 1845, when Antoni Patek, a Polish watchmaker, united forces with Adrien Philippe, the watchmaker coined with inventing the keyless winding mechanism. The two put the foundations of Patek Philippe & Co six years later, in 1851. The company/collective became one of the most famous watchmakers in the world and their watches have been sold for unbelievable prices. The Patek Philippe “Sky Moon Tourbillon”, for instance, was sold in Hong Kong for 1,4 million USD in 2008. That gives us a hint on the craftsmanship that goes into making a Patek Philippe watch. Many of their timepieces are displayed in the Patek Philippe museum, which can be found in Geneva.

Rarity & Exclusivity of Patek Philippe

For starters, the fact that they manufacture their own components, unlike other makers of luxury watches. The design, material, and finishing, too, contribute to the high prices. Even though it might not look like it, one of the reasons why their watches are so expensive is simply that a lot of people are willing to pay fortunes for them. Moreover, there are not that many watches that bear the PP signature, considering that the manufacturer sought to repurchase some of them for the museum. Uniqueness breeds, in this case, bring gigantic prices.