Patek Philippe

By | October 22, 2017
Patek Philippe Author Nicholas Foulkes
ISBN-10 1848094620
ISBN-13 9781848094628
Year 2017-03-01
Pages 640
Language English
Publisher Random House UK
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The definitive history of the world renowned watchmakers Patek Philippe Founded in Geneva in 1839 and to this day a family owned company Patek Philippe makes what are widely regarded as the worlds finest mechanical watches Among them the most valuable watch ever made the famous 1933 pocket watch known as the Graves supercomplication which sold at auction in 2014 for 23 934 00 A cult among collectors Patek Philippe and its timepieces have been treasured by kings and princes rock stars and sportsmen Notable customers of the storied Swiss watchmaker include Queen Victoria and her great great granddaughter HM Queen Elizabeth II Drawing exclusively on interviews with the companys owners and with staff and watchmakers past and present as well as on hitherto unseen documents from the companys archives Patek Philippe The Authorized Biography celebrates the history of a unique company Nicholas Foulkes traces the Patek Philippe history from founder AntoineNorbertde Pateks early life in Poland as a young cavalry officer fighting in a doomed uprising He recounts Pateks exile his life in Geneva his meeting with gifted watchmakerJean AdrienPhilippe and the 1932 purchase of the company by the Stern family who over four generations have turned it into the legend that it is today

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