In honor of Patek Philippe’s 178th anniversary and the opening of their public Grand Exhibition: The Art of Watches, which will take place from July 13th – 23rd, 2017 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, we decided to create a 4-part series in which we will dive in to the history of the preeminent luxury watchmaking brand on the planet.
From the Queen of England to the barons of American Industry, the small specialty brand that began in the mind of a freedom fighter turned horologist has become distinguished for prestige and excellence in timekeeping for the last few centuries. Beginning with the aftermath of the war in 1815, we will traverse more than 200 years in our exploration of the brand known for complications, beauty, and status.
This is the story of Patek Philippe.
Leaving the Homeland
The Congress of Vienna convened in 1815 with the critical issue of providing a long-term peace plan for Europe in the wake of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. The former Duchy of Warsaw was ruled by Russia and in the tiny village of Piaski lived the family of Joachim and Anna Patek de Prawdzic and their young son Antoni Norbert Patek. Antoni was born in 1812 and grew to age in unsteady times.