Patek: By The Numbers
October 10th, 2016 by Jayme Pretzloff
It takes three to five years of research to develop a new model. Exceptional pieces like the Caliber 89 require up to nine years.
9 of 10 Timepieces
Of the top ten most expensive watches ever sold at auction, nine of the ten are Patek Philippes. This impressive list includes the Ref. 1527 which sold for $5,708,883 at Christie’s in 2010.
Patek Philippe has received over 80 patents for its inventions, many of which have inspired the horological community.
Founded in 1839, Patek Philippe is the last remaining family-owned independent watch manufacturer. They recently celebrated their 175th anniversary in grand fashion.
(Pictured: Philippe and Thierry Stern)
The number of Patek employees involved in the production of one timepiece.
On average, each timepiece runs for 1,200 hours while it is tested and inspected before leaving the workshop. It is not delivered until it thoroughly fulfills what are agreed to be the most stringent requirements in the entire industry.
The selling price of the Supercomplication Pocket Watch at Sothebys in 2014, breaking Patek’s own previous world record as the most expensive timepiece ever sold.
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