The Patek Philippe watch making company has its roots back to 1839 when a Polish immigrant and a Czech immigrant went to Switzerland began to making and selling pocket watches in Geneva. This partnership consisted of Antoine Norbert de Paket and Francois Czapek. This partnership created Patek, Czapek & Company and was the makers of the Royal timepiece for Princess Zubow of Russia. This watchmaking company was capable of manufacturing nearly 200 watches a year. In 1845 the business contract between these two expired and they went their separate ways.
A year earlier Paket had seen Jean-Adrien Philippe’s fob watch on display at an exhibit in Paris. With his current need for a partner in creating and manufacturing watches because of the demand Paket offered Philippe a job in 1845. Philippe was an inventor of the keyless winding mechanism for pocket watches. They worked together for 6 years when they decided to change the name of the company to Paket Philippe & Cie.
By 1863 this watch making company produced and began to sell the first pocket watch that contained a tourbillion in its movements. In that same year Philippe’s developed the slip spring.
The year of 1867 saw the very first Swiss wrist watch was created and presented to the public by them. The patent for the precision regulator system was registered in 1881 and in 1902 the patent for the double chronograph was also filed. 1927 saw the introduction of the world’s first perpetual calendar in a wrist watch.
Like most other notable Swiss luxury wrist watch manufactures, Paket Philippe are known for not only making their own casing and assembling their watches but also making of the movements they contain.
Famous royalty that have owned their own Paket Philippe include Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, King Christian IX of Denmark and his queen Princess Louise, the King of Italy Victor Emmanuel III and the Sultan of Egypt Hussein Kamel.
Today the Paket Philippe watch company is owned by Stern Family who has had control since 1932. In their time at the reins of the organization they have produced the first, second and third most complicated watches in the history of the world.