Brand Histories

1812 • Joachim and Anna Patek de Prawdzik’s son - Antoni Norbert – born 12th June, in Piaski, a little village in Poland.

1832 • After the revolution, Russia’s presence in the country became increasingly oppressive, and Antoni Norbert fled to Paris, then Geneva.
He settled in Geneva, using the name Antoine Norbert de Patek.

1839 • Antoine Norbert de Patek teamed up with the watchmaker François Czapek, (a Czech who had taken Polish nationality). Together, they created PATEK, CZAPEK & Co, at 29 Quai des Bergues in Geneva where, assisted by a few colleagues, they produced about 200 very high quality watches per year.

1844 • When the young firm presented its products at a Paris exhibition, Patek first heard the name of Jean-Adrien Philippe. He had made a very slim fob watch with no winding or time set key, and his prowess impressed Patek.

1845 • On the expiry of Czapek’s contract, Patek and his former associate fell into disagreement, and went their separate ways.
Patek offered Philippe the post of technical director in his Geneva firm, and his offer was accepted.
PATEK & Co first appeared on 15 May 1845, still on Geneva’s Quai des Bergues, but now at number 15.

1851 • On 1 January, the business was rechristened PATEK PHILIPPE & Co.

1863 • Jean-Adrien Philippe published his anthology of fob watches and became a specialist journalist.

1867 • PATEK PHILIPPE presented the first wristwatch in history, (though the concept is attributed to Jacques Droz, a watch maker from Neuchâtel in 1790).

1868 • Presentation of a jewel watch with baguette movement and a dial set beneath a huge precious stone.

1877 • Death of Count Antoine Norbert de Patek, who had been granted his title for services to the Catholic Church by Pope Pious IX.

1890 • Jean-Adrien Philippe awarded the French Legion of Honour in recognition of his achievements for France.

1894 • Death of Jean-Adrien Philippe.

1901 • PATEK PHILIPPE & Co became a limited company with a capital of 1.6 million Swiss francs. Its new name: Ancienne Manufacture d’Horlogerie PATEK PHILIPPE & Co.

1927 • PATEK presented the first wristwatch in the world with perpetual calendar

1932 • The firm rejected a bid by Jacques David LeCoultre, and was taken over by the brothers Charles et Jean Stern.

1933 • Jean Pfister, the former head of the Geneva branch of TAVANNES WATCH Co., became President of the company.
PATEK created the GRAVES, the most complicated pocket watch in the world, for the American industrialist Henri Graves Junior.


1937 • First wristwatches with worldwide times, produced with the assistance of the Geneva watchmaker Louis Cottier.

1941 • First wristwatches with perpetual calendar and chronograph.

1945 • Tourbillons for wristwatches.

1958 • Henri Stern succeeded Jean Pfister as president of the board.

1962 • First model with automatic rewind and perpetual calendar.

1977 • Philippe Stern succeeded his father as head of the company.

1989 •For the brand’s 150th birthday, PATEK created the second example of the most complicated pocket watch in the world with the calibre 89 and 33 complications.

1997 • New factory at Plan-les-Ouates in the suburbs of Geneva.



2000 • The firm unveiled a third most complicated pocket watch in the world: the STAR CALIBER 2000.

2001 • PATEK PHILIPPE MUSEUM inaugurated at n°7, rue des Vieux-Grenadiers, in the Plainpalais district of Geneva.

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