Patek Philippe Museum

Geneva, Switzerland

Patek Phillipe Museum is noble and prestigious private museum mapping the history of luxury watchmaking, since 16th century up to present. Huge collection of precious clocks and watches make the visit of museum artistic experience.

Antoni Patek was Polish watchmaking pioneer, who settled in Switzerland in 1834, after career in millitary. Interested in art and trading, with good connections in Paris, he soon got into luxury watch trading and watch production. In 1839, Patek together with his partner Franciszek Czapek, (who was also Polish immigrant) created their first watchmaking company, Patek, Czapek & Co.

In 1844, Adrien Philippe presented his invention of mechanism for watches on the French Industrial Exposition, which won him the first price. There he met Antoni Patek, who invited him to Geneva and soon employed him as the head watchmaker of the now renamed company, Patek, Philippe & Co, entitling him for 1/3rd of the profits.

Switzerland, and especially Geneva region were already at these thimes the hub for high-quality watchmaking. Patek, Philippe & Co merged swiss precision with beautiful decorative making, creating one of the most ultra-luxury watchmaking brand in the world.

Because of the prestigious artistic work and high accuracy of time measurement, they soon become world most popular high-end watches and clocks, reassuring the trend of high quality swiss clocks fame.

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Founded: 19th century
Category: Museums in Switzerland

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Rashida Kachwala (2 years ago)
Loved this museum. I wish I had more time on hand. There are some beautiful masterpieces and styles you never imagined a watch could look like. BTW, it's included in your Geneva Pass. Classy, stylish and elegant! Go for it!
Allan bahati (2 years ago)
Fabulous collection of watches, goes through the history of timekeeping. I'd advise to start on the 3rd floor, as they say, and then work your way down Also ensure you get the audio guide/ iPad. Very well thought out!
DXX MXX (2 years ago)
Incredible and beautiful. An absolute must see. I was staggered that such beautiful miniature paintings could be created 300 years ago on watch cases.
Przemysław Karczmarczyk (2 years ago)
Extraordinary museum with enormous collection of watches! Prepare yourself for several hours of visiting this place! The best option is to join a free (included in the ticket price, check the hours on their website) tour to get to know the history of the company and some interesting facts about selected watches. Amazing experience and a must see when in Geneva area!
Inés E. (2 years ago)
Loved this! One of the best experiences I had in Geneva. These are true works of art, showcasing art styles and historical landmarks in clock making. I had no idea there would be that much to be awed by (clocks are not the most mystifying thing that comes to mind usually), but there really was. Just beautiful!
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