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Patek Philippe Objets d'Art and Vertu

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It shouldn’t be surprising that a Patek Philippe holds the world auction record for a watch ($31.2 million for a Patek Grandmaster Chime, sold at Christie’s). Known for impeccable craftsmanship and some of the most complicated timepieces ever created, the brand is considered by many to be the height of fine watchmaking. Collectors simply love Patek Philippe watches.

The house was founded in Geneva in 1839 by Polish expats Antoni Patek and Franciszek Czapek. Czapek left the firm, and in 1845, Patek partnered with French watchmaker Jean Adrien Philippe. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Catering to the glitterati of Europe, the pair counted among their clients Tolstoy, Pope Pius IX and Queen Victoria, as well as Countess Koscowicz of Hungary, for whom they created the first Swiss-made wristwatch in 1868. They also had their eye on the American market and in 1851 entered an arrangement with Tiffany & Co. still in effect today.

During the Great Depression, brothers Jean and Charles Stern, who had previously supplied Patek Philippe with watch dials, bought the company, and it continues to be run by the Stern family today.

Under the Sterns, the house has developed some of its most famous models, including the Calatrava, an elegantly minimal dress watch introduced in 1932 and named for the Calatrava Cross (the company’s logo since 1887), and the Nautilus, the brand’s first sports watch, conceived by legendary designer Gérald Genta in 1976.

Despite the house’s longevity, it’s rumored that it has manufactured fewer than a million Patek watches, making each one all the more coveted. (The brand's pieces are understandably attractive to counterfeiters — make sure you know how to spot a fake Patek Philippe watch.)

Find authentic Patek Philippe watches, cufflinks, bracelets and more on 1stDibs today.

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Two Tone Gold Evening Bag by Patek Philippe
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Patek Philippe objets d'art and vertu for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a range of Patek Philippe objets d'art and vertu available on 1stDibs. Each of these unique items was designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While looking for the most stylish antique or vintage Patek Philippe jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Patek Philippe jade objets d'art and vertu, from our inventory of 1, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look. We have 3 pieces in this collection as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler.
Questions About Patek Philippe Objets d'Art and Vertu
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The exact method of changing a strap on a Patek Philippe watch varies by the model. To detach straps from the timepiece, there will be small push buttons to release. Remember to use a toothpick or other tool that will not scratch the metal. Consult the brand’s website for more specific information on each model.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Adjustments on a Patek Philippe watch vary depending on the model. The crown is for winding the timepiece, and other functions are often controlled by push buttons. For specific instructions on adjustments and settings, consult the brand’s website. On 1stDibs, find a collection of vintage and contemporary Patek Philippe watches.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Patek Philippe watches are one of the most accurate timepieces available in the luxury market today. The level of accuracy varies from watch to watch. However, every watch the brand offers is accurate by -3 to +2 seconds over a 24-hour period. On 1stDibs, find a variety of expertly vetted Patek Philippe watches.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, Patek Philippe does have a tourbillon watch, the Grand Complications 6002R. The model is a redesign of the Reference 6002 Sky Moon Tourbillon. It features a rose gold case, a champlevé and cloisonné brown enamel dial and a chestnut alligator leather strap. Shop a wide range of Patek Philippe watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, Patek Philippe created a limited edition two-sided watch called the Grandmaster Chime. It debuted in 2014 to honor the brand's 175th anniversary, and the company made only seven of them. One side of the face shows the time, and the other displays the calendar. Shop a collection of Patek Philippe watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Patek Philippe watches are generally considered to be exceptionally good timepieces. The brand continuously creates new technologies to expand the functionality and increase the accuracy of their designs, and artisans handcraft every watch that bares the Patel Phillipe name. Even production of the parts takes place in-house to ensure quality. Shop a wide range of Patel Phillipe watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, all Patek Philippe watches have serial numbers. Luxury watches will often have a serial number to help with authentication. Patek Philippe serial numbers are engraved on the case back. Consult the brand’s website for more information on finding the date of manufacture on your watch. On 1stDibs, find a collection of vintage and contemporary Patek Philippe watches.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Patek Philippe watches hold their value very well due to their immense popularity among collectors. Patek Philippe is one of the world's premier watchmakers with over 150 years of experience. On 1stDibs, find a collection of vintage and contemporary Patek Philippe watches.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Patek Philippe watches may be quartz or mechanical, depending on the model. The brand uses quartz movements in some Gondolo, Nautilus and Aquanaut timepieces. However, the majority of the brand's watches feature manual or self-winding mechanical movement. Find a collection of Patek Philippe watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To set the time on a Patek Philippe watch, unscrew the crown and wind it clockwise. Other functions will depend on the exact model you have and its complexity. For information on specific models, consult the brand’s website. On 1stDibs, you’ll find a collection of vintage and modern Patek Philippe watches from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Wearing a Patek Philippe luxury wristwatch is an excellent status symbol for any aspiring celebrity or businessperson. In 1851, the Queen of England sported a Patek Philippe watch, and it increased its popularity among wealthy, high-profile people. You'll find a collection of authentic Patek Philippe watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    All of Patek Philippe’s watch models are collector’s items and popular in their own right. The widely coveted Nautilus sports watch line, for example, has been produced without interruption for more than four decades, but it’s hard to say which of the brand’s watches is the most popular because different models cater to different needs and preferences. On 1stDibs, you’ll find a variety of expertly-vetted vintage and contemporary Patek Philippe watches from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Patek Philippe watches are commonly seen as the best brand for Swiss watches, particularly because of their quality, level of expertise, and value. In the manufacturing process there are often 60 steps needed even for subtle aspects which also adds to the cost.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    All Patek Philippe watches have serial numbers engraved on the case’s back. Luxury watches will always have a serial number to help with authentication, and Patek Philippe is no exception. Consult the brand’s website for more information on finding the date of manufacture on your watch. On 1stDibs, find a collection of vintage and contemporary Patek Philippe watches from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To set a Patek Philippe watch, pull the crown out to its farthest setting when the second hand hits the 12:00 mark. The second hand will stop, and you can set the time by turning the crown until the watch shows the right time. Then, push the crown back in, and the watch is set. On 1stDibs, find vintage and modern Patek Philippe from top sellers worldwide.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Most Patek Philippe Geneve watches are similar in their adjustments. Turn the crown clockwise to wind the watch once per day, and use the small push buttons on the side of the case to set other parameters like month and day. On some less complicated models, everything is adjusted by unscrewing the crown and putting it in different positions. Consult the brand’s website for more specific setting instructions. On 1stDibs, find a collection of vintage and contemporary Patek Philippe watches from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, Patek Philippe does have women's watches available for sale. The brand's signature Nautilus timepiece comes in a slimmer silhouette intended for women. In addition, the brand offers the Twenty~4 Automatic collection exclusively for women. These watches are available in stainless steel and rose gold. Most models feature genuine diamond accents. Shop a range of Patek Philippe women's watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, Patek Philippe makes stainless steel watches. The Nautilus, Calatrava, Complications and Aquanaut collections all feature stainless steel models, as does the women's Twenty~4 Automatic collection. Depending on the line, you may have your choice of a stainless steel watch with a leather band or metal bracelet. Find a collection of Patek Philippine stainless steel watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes. Patek Philippe watches are waterproof — some more than others. In 1979, Patek Philippe devised a watch that was fully waterproof down to 120 meters, which was astonishing for the times. However, Patek Philippe dress watches aren’t designed to be in water regularly, but two of its sport watches, the Aquanaut and the Nautilus, are designed for wearing in the water, and they’re water-resistant down to 120 meters. Shop a collection of vintage and new Patek Philippe pieces from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Patek Philippe quartz watches are battery powered, but automatic and manual winding ones are not. The batteries on quartz watches usually last for a few years before needing to be replaced. Shop iconic vintage and contemporary Patek Philippe timepieces on 1stDibs.

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