History of Patek Philippe
The origins of Patek Philippe date back to 1839 and two watchmakers: Antoine Norbert de Patek and Franciszek Czapek. The two gentleman parted ways in 1944 and in 1945 Patek joined forces with Jean Adrien Philippe and the company was registered under the name Patek Philippe. It has been in constant operation ever since. It is the last independent, family-owned Genevan watch manufacture and is considered by many experts and aficionados to be one of the most prestigious watch manufacturers.
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Five interesting facts about Patek Philippe:
Patek Philippe holds the record for the most expensive timepiece sold at auction – a highly complicated pocket watch owned by Henry Graves Jr., which sold by Sotheby’s in 2014 for $24 million.
Jean Adrien Philippe was the inventor of the first keyless winding system allowing watches to be set and wound with a crown.
Antoine Norbert de Patek was Polish, Franciszek Czapek was both Polish and Czech, and Jean Adrien Philippe was French.
A number of famous watchmakers have worked for Patek Philippe, including Gerald Genta, Roger Dubuis and Laurent Ferrier.
Famous people spotted wearing Patek Philippe include Queen Victoria, Andy Warhol, Eric Clapton, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlie Sheen, Ellen DeGeneres and Ed Sheeran among others.
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