Since its birth in 1839, Patek Philippe has maintained the Swiss watchmaking tradition with his timepieces in an uninterrupted fashion. When the Polish Count Antoni Norbert Patek and François Czapek established the first workshop of today's Patek Philippe, watchmaking had a history of 350 years. A few years later Czapek left. Patek, on the other hand, founded his new workshop with the talented French engineer Adrien Philippe in 1845. These two talented men have created the most beautiful timepieces in the world.Since its arrival in 1839, Patek Philippe has been the brand to evoke every superlative. It combines the latest technologies and know-how of traditional watch-making to create watches which make their mark on history. It is renowned for its many patents and for beating records at auction sales. Owned by the Stern family since 1932, it is one of the rare independent watch-making manufacturers.