Part 3: For the love of Patek: A series dedicated to why we love Patek Philippe watches

Welcome back, if you’ve been keeping up with our series on why we love Patek Philippe watches! So far we’ve touched on the class of owning a Patek Philippe due to its lack of abundance, as well as discussing why purchasing a Patek Philippe movement is an investment of significant value for their owners.

Now we’ve landed on the third episode and this time we’re talking about the design of the magnificent creations that are Patek Philippe watches.

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The Design

Each year we seePatek Philippecontinue to astonish collectors with seemingly incongruous designs that soon enough become classics. Take some examples from three separate decades; the 60’s, 70’s and 90’s.

The Gilbert Albert asymmetrical from the 1960s; the Nautilus from the 1970s; the Aquanaut from the 1990s. All these watches caused commotion, criticism, and excitement when they debuted, but they’re all simply amazing watches in their own right.

The real beauty of Patek Philippe’s design lives in, first of all, the movements. Every individual part is meticulously hand-finished, which is excessive in obsessive detail considering that only a watchmaker or collector can truly appreciate it. And yet, even the amateur admirer is struck by its unmatched beauty.

Dial design is similarly unmatched. Pay attention to the faceted batons, the hand-polished hands, the little expresses that make a Patek Philippe a Patek Philippe — in many cases the person wearing the watch doesn’t even notice these things, but they all add up to something that just looks and feels right on the wrist.

Here in the UK, antique pocket watches are a popular option for collectors, and with good reason. If you would like to add to, or start a collection then why not take a look at our catalogue of beautiful movements here with Pieces of Time?

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