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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Gelyn Elizalde (6 months ago)
It was a nice experience and great insight to watch making. I took advantage of the free access during Saturdays. It has 3 floors of extensive watch collections and provides in depth history of each timeline. It is a must place to visit in Geneva!
Andres Barrera (6 months ago)
Worth the visit! A very interesting collection of watches that tell the story of how the gadget evolved to what it is today
Mohamed Negama (9 months ago)
My gift for Christmas ????so beautiful
Jeanne Stewart (11 months ago)
Fantastic. Utterly blew me away. If you love design, art, jewelry and anything with gears ...go and go for as long as you possibly can. Though they can fine-tune the movie a little, and they will hopefully add the iPad system for other floors, I will definitely be back..many times.
michal frade (13 months ago)
The museum's name can be misleading as this is not only about Patek Philip but a whole floor is dedicated to the history of watchmaking. This museum showcases the most exhaustive collection featuring all the movements from since the start of watchmaking, especially emphasizing the works Abraham Louis Breguet and John Harrison. One can appreciate all these works with your own eyes, all the important movements that shaped the industry and brought us to where we are today. Understandably, one area of the museum is dedicated to the greatest Patek watches. It's a magical place for a watch collector and for anybody who is interested in the history of watchmaking and the mechanical geniuses who pioneered the science of portable timekeeping. Thousands of watches from over hundreds of years. Recommend doing the guided tour.
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