Where do we begin with a history as rich as Patek Philippe‘s? Well according to their latest coffee table book, we start right from the very beginning of it all. Written by acclaimed author Nicholas Foulkes, Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography covers the evolution of the independent Swiss manufacture from 1839 to the present. “You never actually own a Patek Philippe, you merely look after it for the next generation.” The brand’s statement, now immortalised in its campaigns, explores the same concept in Patek Philippe’s history from Jean Adrien Philippe down to the Stern family, who has embodied the watchmaker’s brand since 1932. The 544-page volume also contains exclusive interviews with notable figures connected to the Genevan watch brand, as well as never-before-seen photographs of Patek Philippe’s classic timepieces.

“I am very pleased to see the history of my family’s company come to life in this excellent volume. This is the first time that the Patek Philippe archive has been accessed and brought to life in a factual and definitive work. Nicholas Foulkes has perfectly recreated the atmosphere and details of our 175-year journey.” – Philippe Stern, Honorary President of Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography is currently available for purchase on their website at, the Patek Philippe Museum Geneva, the Patek Philippe Salons in Geneva, London and Paris, and from local authorised Patek Philippe retailers.