Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe is a watch manufacturer from Switzerland. It was launched in 1851 and immediately focused on luxury watches. Patek Philippe watches are entirely created in-house, including the movements, among them some of the world's outstanding calibers. Novelties presented in Patek Philippe watches are, among others, split-seconds hand, perpetual calendar, minute repeater and chronograph. Patek produces self-winding automatic movements and manual calibers. Early in 21st century Patek introduced the silicon escapement wheel. The vintage Patek Philippe watch market and the demand for used Patek watches is high which is why the resale value of a vintage Patek watch tends to be better than the average of other watch brands. WatchTime covers the full range of Patek Philippe watches, including the Patek Philippe Calatrave, Patek Philippe Replica, Patek Philippe Nautilus, with Patek Philippe price lists and more details about the latest Patek Philippe prices. We publish Patek Philippe news and reviews of Patek Philippe watches and Patek watches, including the Patek Philippe Grand Complications, Patek Philippe Minute Repeater, and Patek Philippe 5970. A Patek Philippe watch is regarded as a luxury object to be bestowed to the next generation; vintage Patek Philippe pocket watches have fetched high prices at Patek watch auctions. You'll also find our database of Patek Philippe watches, prices included for all Patek watches.

8 Celebrity-Owned Watches That Rocked the Auction Block

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Few factors can increases the value of a vintage watch quite like its once having belonged to a celebrity. Whenever a watch owned by a famous or historic figure goes on the block at auction houses like Antiquorum and Christie's, bidding can be expected to go well beyond the estimated value. Below we look at notable "celebrity" watches, once owned by iconic entertainment and sports stars, sold at auction within the past few years. … [Read more...]


Fratello’s Top 5 Vintage Patek Philippe Watches

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Patek Philippe turned 175 last fall. In honor of the anniversary, we at Fratello Watches offered up this list — not an overview of the most expensive Patek Philippe watches, nor the most sought-after Patek Philippe watches, or the rarest Patek Philippe watches. Just my personal top five among vintage Patek Philippe watches, selected for a variety of reasons. … [Read more...]


Patek Philippe Ref. 5200 Gondolo 8 Days, Day & Date Indication

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Amidst the fanfare surrounding Patek Philippe's 175th anniversary last year and the commemorative watches recently released, we revisit a Patek Philippe timepiece, released in 2013, aimed squarely at aficionados of classical, hand-wound watches: the Ref. 5200 Gondolo 8 Days, Day and Date Indication. … [Read more...]


5 Milestone Patek Philippe Watches, from 1868 to Today

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To mark Patek Philippe's 175th birthday in 2014, WatchTime offers a look at the company's most notable wristwatches. Scroll down to discover WatchTime.com's top five. For the complete list of 24 milestone Patek Philippe watches, you can download the full article, from the November-December 2014 issue, from WatchTime's online store. … [Read more...]


Who Tested Your Watch? A Guide to the Watch Industry’s Quality Marks

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People often wonder just how good their watches are. A quality seal can help provide an answer: it shows that the watch has passed a test for its timekeeping ability and, in some instances, the quality of its finishing. COSC and the Geneva Seal are by far the best-known issuers of quality certificates, but there are many others. Some, like these two, test watches from multiple brands; others, such as the Patek Philippe Seal, from just one. From our February 2014 issue, here’s a look at 11 … [Read more...]


Watch Nerd Alert! Top 10 Chronograph Movements

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A while back, I wrote an article on my top 5 iconic chronograph watches. Some of you readers wondered why Zenith wasn’t in there. Quite simply, it didn't make my personal Top 5. However, I do love the Zenith El Primero movement, and think that its reputation as a great chronograph caliber is well-earned. So, to make it up for some of you fellow watch nerds out there, here I focus specifically on chronograph movements rather than watches. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: My Top 10 Watches From Baselworld 2014

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph

With the start of Baselworld 2015 just over a month away, I thought now would be an ideal time to look back on my personal favorite watches from last year's Baselworld, first published on my blog, Watch-Insider.com. Let me know if you agree with my choices (listed here in alphabetical order) and feel free to share your own favorites in the comments box below. … [Read more...]


Three Things to Know About the Patek Philippe Chiming Jump Hour

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The ornate, double-dialed Grandmaster Chime has dominated coverage of Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary, which the brand marked last year. It is an amazing timepiece that makes a big statement. The watch we’re going to look at today is its counterpoint. With one dial and two hands, it appears to be the paradigm of simplicity, but it’s not. … [Read more...]


Buyer Beware: The Rise of Counterfeit Luxury Watches on the Internet

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Looking for cheap watches or discount watches on the internet? Better think twice before making that purchase. In this article from WatchTime's February 2013 issue, we explore how sales of these counterfeit watches are hurting both collectors and the watch industry. … [Read more...]


WatchTime.com’s Top 10 Watch Reviews and Tests

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Watch Tests and Watch Reviews, all taken from the print edition of WatchTime magazine, are among our most popular features on Watchtime.com. Here's a look back at the watches our readers were most excited to see us put to the test in recent years. Below we count down our most popular watch tests and watch reviews, ranked by page views. (Number One may surprise you.) Which was your favorite? … [Read more...]


The Top 5 Highlights from Auctionata’s Modern and Vintage Watch Auction

Patek Philippe Ref. 3970EP

Berlin-based Auctionata, the global leader in online sales of fine art, antiques, and luxury collectibles — and recently a player in the niche world of watch auctions — hosted a successful live-stream auction of "Modern and Vintage Timepieces" on January 31, which featured watches from numerous brands at a wide range of price points. Scroll down to see the top lots. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: My Top 15 World-Time Watches

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Many who travel throughout the world have to frequently re-adjust our watches for a new time zone when arriving at our destination. And those of us with friends and business associates around the globe often need to know the local time in multiple locations at once. Wearing a watch with a world-time function means that you can surf through the world's time zones instantly. Here are the top 15, from my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]


WatchTime’s Top 10 Watches to Watch… What Was Your Favorite?

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Every week, we pick one watch to showcase in our "Watch to Watch" feature, which covers candidates from large, popular brands as well as smaller brands and independent watchmakers. Here we spotlight the most popular "Watches to Watch" of the past few years, based on page views. What are your personal favorite watches to watch? … [Read more...]


Feeling Blue: 21 Watches With Blue Dials and Blue Straps

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Blue watches are one of the growing style trends seen in the watch world in the past few years — and on display at the watch shows in Switzerland and in the U.S.A. —, with blue-on-blue dial-strap combinations. We took a look at such blue watches with blue dials and blue straps released within the past few years, and compiled a list of 20 timepieces from brands on the blue-dial bandwagon. … [Read more...]


5 Iconic Watches from the Mind of Gérald Genta

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Throughout his career, legendary watch designer Gérald Genta (1931-2011) created some of the most iconic models in the watch world, working with brands from Omega to Audemars Piguet and IWC and eventually establishing an independent brand (now absorbed into Bulgari, one of his other clients) making watches under his own name. It is a testament to the influence of his designs that his watches became hallmarks of their respective brands and remain popular watch styles. Below, we take a look at … [Read more...]


Watch Review: Patek Philippe Ref. 5146 Annual Calendar

Patek Philippe Ref. 5146 Annual Calendar

As we begin a new calendar year, we re-present this review of a notable calendar watch, excerpted from a feature in WatchTime’s December 2010 issue. The Patek Philippe's Ref. 5146 is an annual calendar watch with a moon-phase display. Original photos are by WatchTime's Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Patek Philippe 5270 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Blue

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Patek Philippe has been associated with perpetual calendar chronographs for several decades now. Not only was Patek the first to unite both complications in a wristwatch (with the ref. 1518), but the brand even added, in some references, a split-seconds function or a minute repeater to this already prestigious package. At the 2014 Baselworld watch fair, Patek introduced a new color to its "entry-level" perpetual calendar chronograph, a white gold case with a blue dial. We at Monochrome … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: My Top 5 Moon-Phase Watches

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Regular readers of my "Fratello Friday" posts know that I'm a sucker for Omega’s Speedmaster Professional, a.k.a the "Moonwatch." Today's post, however, concerns a different type of "moonwatch," namely the type with a moon-phase indicator. … [Read more...]


Pure & Simple: Patek Philippe Calatrava vs. Lange Saxonia

Patek Philippe Calatrava and A. Lange & Sohne Saxonia

Two plain-faced beauties, the Patek Philippe Calatrava and A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia, go head to head in this comparison test originally published in our April 2008 issue. Jens Koch gets in depth with the two timepieces and Nik Schölzel provides the gorgeous original photography. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: Which Watch Brands Are Most Likely to Increase in Value?

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It's a question watch collectors — especially new ones — always want answered: What brands offer watches that tend to increase in value over time? In this week's Fratello Friday, I'll attempt to provide guidance on this, not so much from facts and figures but based on experience, and on opinions that I have heard through the years. … [Read more...]