Patek Philippe ranks among the most highly regarded Swiss luxury watch brands. Its iconic watches include the Nautilus, Calatrava, and Gondolo, as well as ultra-high-end wristwatches such as the Grandmaster Chime, reference 5740G, reference 5270 and reference 6104. Patek Philippe is known for its long lineage of watch designs and various complications.
Patek Philippe is a producer of high-end Swiss luxury watches, owned and directed by the Stern family since 1932. The current president of Patek Philippe is Thierry Stern. Patek Philippe is considered to be an independent watch brand that does not belong to any of the large luxury groups such as Richemont, LVMH, or Swatch but rather operates independently from them.
Patek Philippe, founded in 1839 under the name Patek, Czapek & Cie., was renamed Patek & Cie. in 1845 and renamed again as Patek, Philippe & Cie. in 1851. The watchmaker is one of the oldest watch manufacturers in the world with an uninterrupted history, a feat watch collectors respect greatly. Throughout its history, Patek Philippe has produced watches for royalty, presidents, authors, and celebrities with the brand’s watches appearing in the collections of Pope Pius IX, Albert Einstein and Jay-Z.
Patek Philippe watches range from mechanically simple watches like the Calatrava that display the hours, minutes, seconds and date, all the way to "grand complications," wristwatches that successfully combine a great variety of mechanical functions like a chronograph, perpetual calendar, and minute repeater, all in the same movement. The brand is also known to produce some of the most valuable and collectible watches ever: Patek Philippe timepieces frequently fetch tens of millions of dollars at auction as collectors race to buy the rarest and most complex watches. Popular Patek Philippe watch collections include the Nautilus, Aquanaut, Calatrava, and Twenty~4 women's watches.
For watch enthusiasts, the most popular Patek Philippe products tend to fall within the larger Patek Philippe Nautilus and Calatrava lines.