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.

Fratello Friday: My Top 5 Vintage Patek Philippe Watches

Patek Philippe Ref. 3940

Patek Philippe turned 175 this month, and in honor of the anniversary, we at Fratello Watches offer 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...]


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

Confiscated Counterfeit Watches

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...]


10 Things to Know About the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

This month marks Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary. What better way to celebrate than with a series of limited-edition timepieces? Why not include the most complicated wristwatch Patek Philippe has ever created? That’s just what they did. Here are ten things you need to know about it. … [Read more...]


Patek Philippe, Pocket Watch to Wristwatch: A History of the Patek Philippe Watch Company

WT Spotlight - Patek Philippe

WatchTime Spotlight On Patek Philippe: The Birth of a Legend WatchTime’s Spotlight shines on Patek Philippe, taking you on a fascinating journey through the history of this famous watchmaker. The Patek Philippe story spans more than 160 years; in that time, the brand has won international renown and has reconfirmed its standing as one of the world’s most important watchmakers. Discover the story now, as only this historical article from WatchTime Magazine could tell it! Download … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: The New Grandmaster Chime and Other Patek Philippe 175th Anniversary Watches

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

Patek Philippe unveiled its long-awaited 175th anniversary watch collection this week in Geneva, headlined by the magnificent Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime. Scroll down for info and photos on the new Patek Philippe 175th Anniversary watch models. … [Read more...]


Philippe Cousteau’s Rolex Sea-Dweller Sells for $183,750 at Antiquorum Auction

Cousteau Rolex Sea Dweller Auction

Antiquorum’s fall auction in New York generated an impressive $3,679,437 in sales. The top lots included a Patek Philippe minute repeater, two Patek ref. 5004s, and Philippe Cousteau’s Rolex "double-red" Sea-Dweller, ref. 1665. Let’s take a look at the top 10 sellers. … [Read more...]


5 Iconic Watches from the Mind of Gérald Genta

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

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 Insider: My Top 15 World-Time Watches

Breguet Classique Hora Mundi

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...]


Fratello Friday: My Top 5 Moon-Phase Watches

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre

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...]


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

Patek Philippe Chronograph Perpetual Calendar Blue 5270 - dialCU

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...]


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...]


8 Celebrity-Owned Watches That Rocked the Auction Block

Elvis Presley's Omega Constellation

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...]


Press Release: Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier & More – The History of Wristwatches

WatchTime Wristwatch Timeline Intro

New York City (NY); America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, has released a “A Wristwatch Timeline: The First 100 Years,” a comprehensive feature tracing the history of the wristwatch. Starting in the pivotal year of 1914, this illustrated timeline depicts the most important watch models and watch-industry milestones of the last century. … [Read more...]


Feeling Blue: 20 Watches With Blue Dials and Blue Straps

TAG Heuer 1887 Carrera Chronograph

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...]


Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Patek Philippe Ref. 5496P-014 Perpetual Calendar Retrograde

Patek Philippe 5496P-014 Perpetual Calendar Retrograde

This year was the year of steel for Patek Philippe. Alongside the huge surprise of the sporty Annual Calendar Chronograph 5960/1, we at Monochrome Watches presented you, in an extensive hands-on article, the new Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph ref. 5990/1A, a complicated edition of the Gérald Genta-designed icon. However, even with this recent trend toward steel (which was in answer to several collectors’ requests), we shouldn’t forget that Patek’s specialty is dress and complicated … [Read more...]


Press Release: WatchTime Presents the Watches of Baselworld 2014

WatchTime E-Special Baselworld 2014 - Cover

New York City (NY): America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, has released its complete Baselworld reporting from 2014 as a downloadable E-Special. This E-Special is packed with informative product news (with photos) on 79 new watches introduced at Baselworld — the world’s largest and most important watch fair — along with sidebar articles and an investigative piece on the state of the worldwide watch market by watch-industry veteran and WatchTime editor-in-chief Joe Thompson. … [Read more...]


Patek Philippe’s Henry Graves Watch Goes Back on the Auction Block at Sotheby’s

Patek Philippe Henry Graves watch

The world's most expensive watch ever sold at auction will be offered again this November at Sotheby’s in an auction that will coincide with the 175th anniversary celebration of its maker, Patek Philippe. … [Read more...]


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

Patek Philippe Ref. 5200 - front-back

As we await the debut of the much-anticipated new Patek Philippe watches commemorating the Swiss brand's 175th anniversary this year, 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...]


WatchTime’s July-August Issue is On Sale Now!

WatchTime August 2014 Cover

The July-August issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and also in the WatchTime online shop), featuring a comparative test of the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Edition and the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue, more than 75 new watches from Baselworld 2014, and more. Click here for highlights from the issue... … [Read more...]


Which Watch Brands Spent the Most on Advertising in 2013?

Rolex/Chanel/BellRoss/Omega graphic

As we reveal in our July-August issue, on sale July 15, watch brands spent almost half a billion dollars on advertising in the U.S in 2013. The total was $492.68 million: a record high, and up 23.3 percent from the 2012 total. That figure comes from Kantar Media, which each year compiles estimates of ad spending for a range of different products. The figures for 2013 signal that the U.S. watch market is still growing, especially as Swiss luxury brands turn their sights back from China to this … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: My Top 10 Chronograph Watch Movements; What Are Yours?

Omega Caliber 9300

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, I've compiled a Fratello Friday article that focuses specifically on chronograph movements rather than watches. Here is my … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: 3 Ways to Safely Store Your Watches

Safe Deposit Box

If you have more then one watch, you essentially have a watch collection. So what do you do with your other watch (or watches) when you are leaving home or will be out of town for a couple of days (or weeks)? Allow me to offer a few options for safe storage of any watches you're not currently wearing, to ensure that your precious collection is not subject to burglary, fire, or other loss. … [Read more...]


The 5 Top Patek Philippe Watches in Antiquorum’s June Watch Auction

Patek Philippe Ref. 5004

Antiquorum's next "Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces" auction will be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong on June 28. More than 532 watches will be on the block and highlighted, as per usual, by several important models from Patek Philippe. Here are the five Patek Philippe watches expected to draw the most attention (and, perhaps, the biggest bucks) at the auction. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: Which Watch Brands Are Likely to Increase in Value? (Part 2)

Zenith Chronomaster

In case you missed part one of this article, please click here. The basic question is: "What brands offer watches that tend to increase in value over time?" As I wrote last time, there are two answers here, a short version and a long version. The short answer is simple: Rolex and Patek Philippe. The long answer is what I try to cover in this two-part article. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Richard Mille RM 022 Aerodyne Dual Time Zone

Richard Mille RM022 Aerodyne - wrist shot

What’s so special about a Richard Mille watch? We all know about the exclusivity (less than 3,000 pieces per year), the impeccable quality, and the celebrity ambassadors. But there are many more features that added up to the success of this highly exclusive watch brand: exclusive materials, astonishing finishing, distinctive complications, innovations and a unique feeling that creates a desirable object. In order to understand what Richard Mille is all about, the Monochrome Watches team … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the New Rolex GMT-Master II “Pepsi Bezel”

Rolex GMT-Master II - Pepsi-blue-red-wristshot

When Rolex unveils a new watch, it does it exactly when it wants to do it. As we told you before, when we were guessing what the new Rolex watches for 2014 would be, Rolex can be even more secretive than the famous Swiss banks. Our guesses turned out to be pretty accurate, and one of the models that we were hoping to see was the new Rolex GMT-Master II with red/blue "Pepsi" bezel. However, The new "Pepsi" elicited some rather mixed emotions at Monochrome headquarters. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: Which Watch Brands Are Most Likely to Increase in Value? (Part 1)

Patek Philippe Nautilus

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...]


Patek Philippe Celebrates its 175th Anniversary

Patek Philippe booth

May 1, 2014, marks an important milestone in the Swiss watch industry. It is 175 years ago to the day that Patek Philippe — perhaps the world's most prestigious Swiss watch brand, and the last family-owned watch company in Geneva — was founded. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the New Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph

Patek Philippe 5990 Nautilus

Just two years ago, Patek Philippe introduced a new Ref. 5980/1A with a white dial (for laymen: that’s the Nautilus Chronograph). We at Monochrome watches were a bit surprised to discover, at Baselworld 2014, that Patek has already discontinued the steel 5980/1A model  and replaced it with a steel Nautilus Chronograph with a second time zone, like the one in the Aquanaut Travel Time Ref. 5164. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: My Top 10 Watches From Baselworld 2014

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph

With Baselworld 2014 now passed, I have as usual assembled my personal list of favorite watches from the show. In the coming days and weeks, on Watch-Insider.com, I will publish lists that are more rational and technical than emotional, but for now, here are the top 10 watches from Baselworld that I most liked and would likely buy. … [Read more...]