Patek Philippe: a name two people.
It all starts in 1838 with the foundation of "Patek, Czapek & Cie" in Geneva by the entrepreneur Antoni Norbert de Patek, an immigrant from Poland, and the watchmaker François Czapek, immigrant from Czekia.
In 1844 Antoni Patek, founder of the Maison, knows the French watchmaker Jean-Adrien Philippe in Paris where the latter presented his pioneering and convenient system setup time and charging the watch via the crown, which will replace the 'use of a separate key.
In 1845 François Czapek decided to leave the company to continue on its own, and the company name is changed to "Patek & Cie".
It is produced the first pocket watch for ladies: the timepiece is decorated with miniature of a rose. The company manufactures its first pocket watch with minute repeater and was awarded the patent for the Patek clock with charging and focusing mechanism per hour through the crown.
In 1851 Jean-Adrien Philippe officially joined the company, which changed its name to "Patek Philippe & Cie."
At the Great Exhibition of London, Queen Victoria is among the admirers of the first timepiece in the world without a key, the first of which had been patented by Jean-Adrien Philippe in 1845. The Queen of Great Britain and Ireland invests in a pocket watch enamel powder blue with floral decoration in diamonds cut in pink.
The pendant with clock dial on demand and brooch apparently had belonged to Queen Victoria.
Patek Philippe is among the first watchmaking maison to export to the US and enters into an alliance, still thriving with Tiffany & Co. in New York.
In 1881 it was awarded the patent for the precision control system, and in 1889 Patek Philippe & Co was awarded the patent for the perpetual calendar mechanism for pocket watches.
Nel 1932 "Ancienne Manufacture d'Horlogerie Patek Philippe & Cie, S.A." viene acquistata dai fratelli e Jean Charles Stern, già di proprietari un'azienda produttrice di Ginevra has Quadranti. Da allora "Patek Philippe S.A." è di rimasta un'azienda property familiare.
It was with this style of management, "a family", the parent company continues its efforts to ensure buyers an extremely reliable product with low production revalued over the years.
A Patek Philippe is forever and we find ourselves to be guardians and pass it down to our posterity.
Today we want to deepen on an extremely beautiful and complicated watch, the Patek Philippe 5004.
In 1995 we have the launch of the Ref. 5004 with 27-70 gauge. The basic movement Lémania with split-seconds chronograph and perpetual calendar CHR 27-70 Q is introduced in Ref. 5004 which remains in the collection for 16 years, until 2011.
A Patek Philippe is awarded a Swiss patent for the isolation mechanism of a split-seconds chronograph.
Simple shapes, the right size, the extreme complications collected in such a small space and so well divided, make this splendid object an engineering laboratory, a work of art.
Many people who are going to search for it: who does it for investment, some for the pleasure of it, or for both reasons. Manages to please everyone and, with some difficulty to find, continue to give us all this.
We enclose a photograph of a Patek Philippe 5004 G and a graph showing the value of the trend over the years.
The price expressed in euro sales in 1995 of 5004standard, it refers to the purchasing power of today.
Fabio Michetti Article