Patek Philippe is one of the most storied luxury watchmakers in the world. For over 180 years, they have been producing some of the finest watches available. Their watches are highly sought after for their classic styling and excellent craftsmanship. Whether you are looking for a watch for yourself or for a special someone, Patek Philippe is a great choice. With so many models to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which one is the best fit for you. This buyer’s guide will help you buy a Patek Philippe watch that you can pass down for generations.
Patek Philippe Watch Brand History and Background
Patek Philippe is considered one of the “Big Three” Swiss watchmakers alongside Rolex and Audemars Piguet. It was founded in 1839 by two watchmakers, Antoni Patek, and François Czapek. The brand quickly became known for its superior craftsmanship and attention to detail. Their watches were considered so reliable and precise that they were often used to set the time in public squares and railway stations. Today, Patek Philippe is still renowned for its exceptional quality and is considered one of the most prestigious watchmakers in the world.
The brand is still owned by the Stern family who acquired the company in 1932. Under their ownership, the company has continued to produce watches of the highest quality. Patek Philippe watches are known for their classic styling, exquisite craftsmanship, and technical innovation.
Movements are marked with the Geneva seal, an important mark of quality, while cases and dials are made of the finest materials. With each model, Patek Philippe has pushed the boundaries of watchmaking technology and design.
Current Environment for Patek Philippe Watches
Patek Philippe watches are known for their timeless design and impeccable quality. The brand has become a symbol of luxury and success. The current environment for Patek Philippe watches is one of high demand and limited supply. The watches are often sold out and waiting lists are long. However, the brand's reputation for quality and craftsmanship remains strong, and new models are released regularly.
For the most important models, due to limited production numbers and exclusivity, many buyers must have an established relationship with the brand or their local Patek Philippe authorized dealer in order to even be considered for a purchase. From there, a waitlist often running into the hundreds of people is the only option for those who want to purchase a new watch.
Who Wears Patek Philippe?
There are so many famous people who are known to wear and own Patek Philippe watches. These include celebrities such as Jay Z, David Beckham, and Usher, as well as athletes like Steph Curry and Lebron James. The brand is also popular among royalty, with Queen Elizabeth II owning a Patek Philippe watch gifted to her by Prince Philip. Patek Philippe watches are a symbol of success and luxury, and they are often worn by those who have achieved a high level of success.
Patek Philippe's history of excellence has also made it the watchmaker to royalty and heads of state. The brand has been crafting watches for some of the world’s most influential people for over 180 years.
Latest Releases and Collections
Complications and Grand Complications
Dating back to the 1930s, Complications watches are the most complicated and technical watches produced by Patek Philippe. These watches feature a range of complications including chronographs, perpetual calendars, minute repeaters, and more. The Grand Complications collection consists of the most difficult and complex watches and is the ultimate expression of Patek Philippe's watchmaking expertise.
The Calatrava is the simplest and most iconic of Patek Philippe watches. This classic dress watch is characterized by its rounded case, simple dial, and timeless design. The Calatrava is the perfect choice for someone looking for an elegant and understated watch.
The Aquanaut is a sports watch that is perfect for everyday wear. It features a bold design, a robust case, and is water resistant up to 120 meters. The Aquanaut is the perfect choice for someone looking for a versatile and reliable watch.
The Nautilus is the sportiest and most luxurious of Patek Philippe watches. It features a distinctive design with its octagonal case and integrated bracelet. The Nautilus is the perfect choice for someone looking for a luxurious and eye-catching watch.
Launched in 1968, this watch was considered avant-garde and a true change from the traditional round watch form. The Golden Ellipse is characterized by its elongated shape and timeless design. It is the perfect choice for someone looking for a classic, yet modern watch.
In 1993, Patek debuted the Gondolo, with unique case shapes from tonneau to cushion and even rectangular. This Art-Deco-inspired collection blended modern and retro elements into one watch collection.
Patek Philippe's line of ladies’ watches was introduced just after the Aquanaut. The entire line now features an automatic movement, replacing what was previously always a quartz calibre.
How to Choose the Right Watch for You
Here are the factors to consider when choosing the right Patek Philippe for you:
Style: What type of watch do you want? Do you prefer classic or modern styles? Are you looking for a dress watch, a sports watch, or something more casual?
- Movement: Do you want a quartz or an automatic movement?
- Complications: Do you want a watch with additional features such as a chronograph, moon phase, or tourbillon? These watches will often be the most difficult to acquire and will usually run into six-figure territory.
- Price: What is your budget? Patek Philippe watches range in price from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands.
- Lifestyle: Think about where you spend most of your time; at work, at home, or out and about. This will help you decide which type of watch is the best fit for you.
Types of Watches Authentick Offers
Authentick is an authorized Patek Philippe dealer with a wide selection of watches available. From the classic Calatrava to the sporty Nautilus, we have something for everyone. Currently, we stock a variety of models from the recently released Calatrava White Gold Textured Charcoal Dial to the Nautilus 5711 in stainless steel with a white or blue dial.
Patek Philippe watches are priced anywhere from approximately $35,000-400,000 for a grand complication or one of the most popular Nautilus models.
Buy a Patek Philippe Watch at Authentick Luxury Watches
Authentick Luxury Watches is proud to sell the most prestigious and sought-after Patek Philippe watches. We’re committed to providing our customers with the highest level of service and the best value when purchasing a Patek Philippe watch. Our experienced team of knowledgeable professionals can help you find the perfect watch for you.
We are proud to be an authorized Patek Philippe dealer and offer a wide selection of pre-owned and new Patek Philippe watches. We also guarantee authenticity and offer box and warranty papers for all of our watches.
We invite you to browse our selection of Patek Philippe watches and contact us if you have any questions or would like to inquire about availability. Experience the difference and buy a Patek Philippe watch with Authentick Luxury Watches.
Visit us in-store at 1737 Chestnut St. Suite 201, Philadelphia, PA, 19103.