Patek Philippe Museum

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2015-06-26 10:43:28

The Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, Switzerland, is one of the foremost watch and timepiece museums in the world.

It opened in 2001 and offers displays on both the history of horology as well as that of the company.

There are approximately 1,500 wristwatches and pocket watches in the museum, many of them belonging to Philippe Stern, the owner and president of the company.

Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe & Co is a Swiss luxury-watch maker. Taking its name in 1851 after early beginnings in 1839, the company made its first wristwatch in 1868.

Patek Philippe watches are among the most collectible on the market.

The collection

Central to the museum is a large collection of antique pocket watches, dating from the 16th century onwards.

Specimens here include early Genevese watches from 1570 to 1675 and a display of Chinese watches from 1770 to 1840.

The Patek Philippe Collection

A large collection of Patek Philippe timepieces is on view. Items range from the first pocket watches produced by the company in 1839 to more recent versions.

Art noveau and art deco pocket watches are highlights of the collection as are a series of complex wristwatches, including Patek Philippe’s first perpetual wristwatch.

Antique Tools

The museum has recreated a workshop that demonstrates the traditional watch making skills employed by the company.

A watchmaker can be seen plying his trade in the workshop, where he is surrounded by a collection of more than 400 tools, some dating from the 18th century.

Archives and library

There are eight cases presenting the company’s archives and 4,000 horological works in the library. This section is only open to interested parties upon request.

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