Friday, November 07, 2014

Patek Philippe's engineering feat

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 10:00:00 AM in Patek Philippe (20)

It's a story worth recalling that showcases Patek Philippe's sophisticated timepiece engineering and, not the least, the Gilded Age aristocracy's high-level jealousy. It was the thirties and Henry Graves, Jr., an American industrialist and banker, didn't like it that his contemporary, James Ward Packard, owns the by-then world's most complicated watch. Like what ultra rich people often do when they want things for themselves, Henry thought of buying his way. He commissioned Patek Philippe to create a more complicated watch to best James' watch. Using state-of-the-art technology and skilled craftsmanship, Patek introduced to the world a few years hence, a pocket watch with 24 mechanical parts that work individually but in unison and can chart the Milky Way. It's the world's most complicated watch, earning Henry the title he coveted from his friend. The watch would sell for $11 million or so in 1999, another record-high that its original owner would not have lived to see.
Patek Philippe is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

Friday, September 26, 2014


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Thinking of an heirloom for your child this early? Strictly speaking, an heirloom should be something that has been handed down to you by your parents, who in turn had been handed out the heirloom by their parents and so on. But not everyone has the opportunity to have traditional heirlooms, although it doesn’t stop you from creating one for your generation and the succeeding ones. The number one rule to make something an heirloom is—it should have value, otherwise your kid will probably just throw it away. It can be of material value like diamond jewelry or an expensive watch like Patek Philippe, especially its complications line. But heirlooms can also be non-material value, such as, a secret family recipe or a book signed by a celebrated author. Better yet, it can be something that you created like quality furniture, perhaps, or your own autobiography of the clan, whose next chapter will be written by your child.
Patek Philippe is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

What’s legacy will you leave your loved one?

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 9:47:42 PM in Patek Philippe (20)

We all leave something behind when we die. It can be material wealth or, more importantly, a legacy carried over by the memory of our name. Patek Philippe reminds us of the importance of leaving a respected name to our children. Although we know the signature timepiece is a luxury piece of precision engineering and style, the brand goes beyond the surface. It promises to keep on ticking for generations, literally handing over time to your children, which bespeaks of our general aspiration when we leave the world: a legacy that will connect us to the next generation. The house may burn down, the car will soon break down, and the inheritance will soon dissipate. But your name, however, you live by it, like a Patek Philippe, is your real treasure you can pass on to your children.
Patek Philippe is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Dad and Donuts

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 3:00:00 AM in Patek Philippe (20)

I was looking at the Patek Philippe watch my father left in his drawer. He passed away a few months back just a few days shy of his 70th birthday. We never really had the chance to bond, much less expressed our emotions to each other. He’s the typical father who expected discipline and order in his family, a career-driven man who ran his family like he ran his company department. I realized how stiff our relationship was when someone asked me what’s my happiest day with my dad. I couldn’t pinpoint one specific incident; then I realized I was looking at the wrong things. It’s not the big things that matter to my dad. It’s the simple days when he’d go home from work with a paper bag of donuts for me that made me smile.
Patek Philippe is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Friday, May 30, 2014

World-record Patek Philippe auction

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When the gravel pounded on the sounding block with finality, history was set at Christie’s New York Important Watches auction last June 2013. As the smoke cleared from one of the highest profiled auctions in the world, Patek Philippe made a record: $2.25 million for a Patek Philippe Grand Complication. A complication is any functions added to the usual watch time functions of hours, minutes and seconds. A grand complication is tenfold more complex. The Stephen S. Palmer Patek Philippe Grand Complication No. 9791 fetched over a million dollars more from its target auction of $1.5 million. Manufactured in 1898, it features a minute repeating perpetual calendar split-seconds chronograph with grand and petite sonneries and moon phase. Palmer bought the watch in 1900 for around $7,100. Not bad for an investment.
Patek Philippe is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Patek Philippe Offers New Collection

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The name Patek Philippe connotes timeless luxury elegance in the Swiss watch industry, but the signature also has numerous new things to offer for connoisseurs and admirers. The Patek Philippe 2014 collection has a diverse base appeal that both lovers of classics and contemporary style will appreciate. Overall, the new line evokes the same Patek Philippe classy style, but there are variations. The White Gold Men Calatrava appears a much simpler version of Patek Philippe complication with a simple but elegant center sweep second hand and silvery opaline dial as main feature. On the other hand, the Men Grand Complications is typical Patek Philippe with perpetual calendar, moon phases and time dial, albeit simple linear lines tame the somewhat complex inner dial design. Meanwhile, the Rose Gold Ladies Calatrava features an opulent style with 162 baguette diamonds set in elegant pattern.
Patek Philippe is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Start it simple

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 5:00:00 AM in Patek Philippe (20)

Patek Philippe. The name evokes of complications with precision performance. It’s the same brand that set the world record of the most expensive timepiece ever auctioned—the Henry Graves Supercomplication for $11 million—but owning a “Patek” should not intimidate the first-time buyer. The timepiece has simpler watch collections that also resonate elegance and accuracy. The Calatrava embodies the signature’s heritage movement perfection, but in a planer look. Yet it’s no second-rate, rather, it’s a well-crafted watch with a mastery of subtleties. Encased in rose gold and strapped with hand-stitched alligator scales, Calatrava is manually wound with 215 PS Caliber. It has a hobnail-patterned bezel an enamel dial that lends a simple yet elegant feel to this watch. It’s simplicity that hides a complicated engineering marvel under the hood.
Patek Philippe is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California, San Francisco, California, and Portland Oregon.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Subtle elegance

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 11:42:43 PM in Patek Philippe (20)

Subtlety and elegance sum up what men's watches should be and they're precisely embodied in Patek Philippe's signature model: the Calatrava. Created in 1932, the Calatrava collection is a timeless aesthetic masterpiece refined to perfection. Cut all the fuss. When men aren't usually so hot about flamboyant and elaborately designed watches, the Calatrava has always been simple yet more. Calatrava's sleek lines, round polished bezels that may be extra thin and wide, and the simple leather or metal straps are beyond the dictates of short-lived trends. More than the streamlined design, the Calatrava collection relentlessly assures premier quality. Call it the sturdy classic, a machismo expression of subtle elegance in style and practical worth.
Patek Philippe was established in 1839 at Geneva, Switzerland. Patek Philippe is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco, in the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, and on SW Broadway in Portland.

Friday, December 27, 2013

A Piece of Elegance

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 3:02:16 AM in Patek Philippe (20)

Patek Philippe’s Calatrava Ref. 5227 is as classy and high-grade as any large dress watch could ever get. With a 39mm diameter gold case and 9mm thickness, the watch is not really a chunky type of large watch. Rather, it is just the right size for the modern dress watch – admirable but not too conspicuous. The caliber 324 S C automatic is a powerful modern mechanical movement which includes Patek Philippe’s Gyromax balance wheel as well as the Spyromax hairspring technology. The world renowned Swiss watch company tops off this elegant contraption with a pristine white dial adorn with simple indices, a date aperture, and dauphine-style hands. Even in the most minimalist styles, Patek Philippe upholds its name for sophisticated and topnotch quality timepieces.
Find Patek Philippe at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco, in the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, and on SW Broadway in Portland – authorized retailers for Patek Philippe.

Friday, November 15, 2013

For a Woman of Substance and Form

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:16:56 PM in Patek Philippe (20)

Patek Philippe is a name associated with nothing but the most topnotch achievements in the watchmaking industry. A constant pioneer in innovative functionality and design, Philip Patek unveils remarkable grand complications and timepieces one after another. One of the brand’s latest releases, the Ladies Calatrava, is a unique Patek Philippe experience for its apparent class and simplicity. On the outside, the elegant women’s watch exudes a graceful air with hand stitched alligator strap and cream colored dial embedded with gold numerals. On the inside, the real watchmaking prowess is at work. The life of the timepiece hinges on Caliber 240 – a 2.53mm ultra-thin self-winding mechanical movement with 22k gold off-center rotor, 161 parts and Philip Patek patented Gyromax balance. The Calatrava is the company’s version of substance and form. Trust the master of complications to pull off this subtle watchmaking feat. After all, making things simple is complicated!
Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto is an authorized retailer of Patek Philippe.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Patek Philippe: The Watch to Watch For

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 3:04:53 AM in Patek Philippe (20)

Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Patek Philippe was founded more than one and a half centuries ago in Geneva and Vallée de Joux, the region known as home of the biggest names and finest pieces in the watchmaking industry. Since 1851, Patek Philippe has been manufacturing haute horlogerie pieces and top-of class movements, including the most complicated mechanical watches in the world. It is easily recognized by watch experts and aficionados as the most prestigious watch brand, period. Whatever acclaim the company name now enjoys is the fruit of decades upon decades of unsurpassed watchmaking standards and pioneering spirit. Patek Philippe pioneered the chronograph, the split-second hand, minute repeater, and perpetual calendar. Its penchant for making things extraordinary and literally ‘complicated’ established its reputation among its varied clientele, from royalties and dignitaries, to young professionals making smart investments and fathers looking for meaningful legacies to pass on to the next generation. 
Check out Patek Philippe’s most recent strokes of genius at authorized Patek Philippe retailers such as Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

On Top of the Game

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Patek Philippe, the globally acclaimed Swiss watch manufacture, is undoubtedly at the pinnacle of watchmaking. That said, the company continues to invest heavily in Advanced Research for making more precise watches in thinner more elegant cases. The adage “If you’re not moving up, you’re going down” rings true in the dynamic environment of Patek Philippe’s Geneva workshop and administrative headquarters.  As fourth generation and current President Thierry Stern puts it, “We are at the top now, sure, and we could last maybe ten more years without trying something new, but after that we would fall if we did not continue to push things forward.” Patek Philippe’s competitive edge comes from its focus on authentic precise instruments that offer real substance – top-class aesthetics, innovative modern technology, and unchallenged technical functionality that springs from four generations of legendary watchmaking experience. With its undying drive for excellence, the company’s trailblazing streak is surely tough to beat. 
Find your Patek Philippe timepiece at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto – authorized retailer for Patek Philippe.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Freedom to Complicate

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:31:41 PM in Patek Philippe (20)

Patek Philippe is undoubtedly among the finest brands of “Cote de Geneve” luxury watches. Being the last family-owned watchmaking enterprise in Geneva, Patek Philippe enjoys broad creative freedom in developing new concepts for its world-acclaimed timepieces and complications. The spirit of innovation, which was fostered by the founders Antoni Patek and Jean-Adrien Philippe when they started the business in the 1840’s, still proliferates at the company’s workshops until this day. This is apparent in the unlimited number of complicated designs and functions that label regularly dishes out. For instance, the White Gold Men Grand Complications has a mechanical, manually wound movement, minute repeater and tourbillion. A Chime with two cathedral gongs are activated by a slide piece in the case, while displayed on the cloissone enamel dial are the day, month and leap year apertures along with moon phases and perpetual calendar. But that’s not all, through the caseback shows sidereal time, sky chart and moon orbit, aside from the “usual” functions of a highly remarkable watch.
Check the piece out at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Elegant Expertise Inside and Out

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 12:19:55 PM in Patek Philippe (20)

The watchmaking brand, Patek Philippe, is widely known for its timepieces that are more than what meets the eye. As an established designer and producer of the world’s grandest watch complications, the brand gets accolades for the engineering that sit beneath the dials rather than on the outward aesthetics of the pieces. But of course, that does not mean it prefers the shabby and boring. The Ladies Nautilus is a shining proof of that. In addition to its mechanical self-winding movement, date window and sweep second hand, the watch’s 33.6mm rose gold case and straps is fully set with diamonds in gridless setting. That’s right, the strap, clasp, bezel and dial are all covered with the precious stone. Each elegant design and pattern is unique in every piece, all of which are adorned with around 9. 05 carat of diamonds. For certain, this watch from Patek Philippe is as elegant to wear as it is amazingly functional.
Check out the Ladies Nautilus and other Patek pieces at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Making Things Complicated

Posted by Shreve & Co. at 7:28:20 AM in Patek Philippe (20)


Patek Philippe makes things "complicated". But hey, that is what the most sophisticated Swiss watchmakers are supposed to do. Complications, which are any function of a timepiece other than the essential display of the time, are the norms at Patek Philippe’s watchmaking workshops at Geneva and Vallee de Joux. The brand’s Caliber 89, launched in 1989 to commemorate its 150th anniversary, is one of the most complicated mechanical watches ever made. It carries 33 complications that include chronographs, calendars, the date of Easter, sidereal time and a 2800-celestial chart. Getting all those functions working took 5 years of research, 4 years of manufacture, and 1, 728 parts crammed masterfully together in a 41mm thick case. Indeed, Patek Philippe knows how to make a science out of watchmaking.
Check out Patek’s collections at Shreve & Co in Post Street, San Francisco.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Patek Philippe Family Tradition

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"You never really own a Patek Philippe, you merely look after it for the next generation." The timelessness of Patek Philippe watches, as well as their enduring qualities, bank on gentlemen who faithfully pass on unchanging values and priceless treasures to the next in line. Throughout the ages, men have taken strong attachments to their watches which had been handed down from their fathers or grandpas. That is why watches have become more than just timepieces or chronographs. Patek Philippe, haute horlogerie from Geneva since 1839, has been the symbol of undying family traditions for four generations now. The bestowing of a Patek to a younger family member is really the sophisticated way of passing the baton. The brand values the honorable part it plays in many affluent family sagas. In order to ensure each model's heirloom quality craftsmanship, the time-tested company employs only the most seasoned craftsmen and watch experts to reverently put each watch together. Keep your family tradition alive, or else start a new one, with Patek Philippe luxury Swiss watches, available at Shreve & Co. in Portland Oregon.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sky Moon Tourbillon’s Million-Dollar Complications

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When you are wearing Patek Philippe’s Sky Moon Tourbillon (Ref.5002) timepiece, everyone who requests for the time is literally asking you a million-dollar question. The Patek Philippe timepiece, which is most prominent for its affinity to astronomy, fetches a whooping 1.5 million dollars. Sky Moon Tourbillon M 5002P is notable for its celestial patterns indicator and its second blue dial that tells sidereal time every 23 hours 56 minutes and 4.1 seconds. Its 43 mm white silver dial is fitted with special functions – a leap year indicator at the 12 o’clock slot, month indicator at 3’oclock, moon phase indicator at 6 o’clock, and week indicator at 9 o’clock. Add to that a date teller in pink engravings under the hour markings. And of course, it tells accurate time. How all of these features are packed into a sleek platinum case held by black crocodile leather strap is a Patek Philippe genius that is, decidedly, worth a million dollars. Shreve & Co. in Post Street, San Francisco is an authorized retailer of Patek Philippe.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

$17 Million, Important Watches and the Spirit of the Dragon

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The year is almost over but the spirit of the Dragon will linger in the Woods Room of Christie’s Hong Kong on Wednesday, November 28th. 2012. The autumn auction of Important Watches will sport 540 collectible chronographs. All are estimated to sell at $17 million USD.  The Dragon Collection, of Patek Philippe watches, will highlight the event. The Star Caliber 2000 (est. $2,300,000 – 4,000,000) accentuates the collection as this is a piece that has yet to see the market. This  masterpiece pocket watch showcases itself with 21 complications to celebrate the millennium. It in itself is made up of 1,118 parts and took seven years to perfect. The unique collection also includes The Patek Philippe Ref. 5016 and the Ref. 3939. The particular 5016 to be auctioned is the only yellow gold one with its dial having ruby indexes to come into market. The other exceptional piece is a Ref. 3939 in platinum. There were only 200 of such model made and only 65 were in platinum. But this special piece in the Dragon Collection was made even more special with a mother-of-pearl dial—the only one in the world. All three pieces form The Dragon Collection. Each is considered to be a rare feat of craftsmanship. Their qualities mirror the company that conceived them—innovated, worthy of royalty and free spirited, much like the dragon. If you can’t visit Christie’s Hong Kong, you can try and visit Shreve & Co.. Shreve & Co. is an authorized dealer for Patek Philippe. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Noble Cause

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Many people would say that instead of buying luxury items, you should use the money to help those in need. If maybe you can skimp on luxury and donate some to charity you’d make more of a valuable and positive change to society than just looking good. But thanks to Patek Philippe, this moral dilemma was solved for one buyer; even just in one auction this 2012. Now the proud owner of a special Patek Philippe Ref 5131J World Time donated $1,045,260 to a charity through buying the said item at the mentioned amount in a Christie’s auction.  Normally, this model would sell around $150,000 tops. But because this was donated by Patek Philippe to the Child Action charity, it was worth far more. The Swiss-based charity, Child Action, aims to provide medical and surgical care, psychological support for children and teenage suicide prevention. For this special cause, this particular 5131J model was made one-of-a-kind with a “View of the City of Geneva” cloisonne’ enamel dial which represents Geneva Lakeview. This wasn’t the first time that Patek Philippe pitched in the noble effort of Child Action as they have also donated a Calatrava 5180T for Children’s Action in 2009 and a Calatrava 6000T in 2007. To learn more about the cause visit To see these and more of Patek Philippe collections visit Shreve & Co. – authorized dealer for Patek Philippe. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Price of Bragging Rights

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Bragging rights are earned; but for Henry Graves, Jr. you can buy it. A pedigree American banker behind railroad projects and other industrial investments that propelled the U.S. economy in the early part of the twentieth century, Henry challenged the automobile manufacturer, James Ward Packard, in owning the world’s most complicated watch back in the 1930s. Some years earlier, James paraded the most complicated watch and the world was impressed, except Henry. He commissioned Patek Philippe to outdo James’ feat. A few years and some 60,000 Swiss francs after, Patek Philippe produced the world’s most complicated timepiece—a pocket watch—using state-of-the art horological techniques that many considered an engineering feat as it is a high form of art expression. Called the Patek Philippe Supercomplication, the watch has an 18-karat gold enclosure and 24 mechanical features that move in separate but precise coordination. It charts the positions of starts and the Milky Way, has a minute repeater playing the same melody as is in London’s Big Ben, a chronological function per hour and, yes, it tells time. But its biggest feature is not mechanical. The Patek Philippe Supercomplication watch was auctioned at Sotheby’s New York in 1999 for $11,002,500, a record high. Henry would not know this, of course; only that he bested his James Ward in his, well, time.
Image: "The Supercomplication" watch made by Patek Philippe