This week we continue our series honoring Patek Philippe’s 178th anniversary and the opening of their public Grand Exhibition: The Art of Watches (this July in New York City) with our final installment on the history of the world’s preeminent luxury watchmaking brand.
Philippe Stern was born in 1938, and since 1966 had been under the employ of Patek Philippe. With his introduction as Managing Director in 1977, Philippe inherited a global watch market where quartz movements were preferred and mechanical watches were beloved by older generations. Dynamic and thoughtful, Philippe bridged the divide between quartz and mechanical, producing both movements for Patek Philippe timepieces. Many of the women’s wristwatches produced still use a quartz movement. An interesting development in the early 1980s catapulted Patek Philippe to new levels. Mechanical watches experienced a resurgence.