Matthew Ashton

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Matthew Ashton

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Updated 14th February 2024

Patek Philippe is a renowned Swiss luxury watch manufacturer that was founded in 1839 by Antoni Patek and Franciszek Czapek. However, it was in 1844 when Patek Philippe truly took shape as a brand when Antoine Norbert de Patek, a Polish watchmaker, partnered with the French watchmaker Adrien Philippe. This partnership led to the creation of Patek Philippe & Co., which eventually became one of the most prestigious and esteemed watch brands in the world.

Patek Philippe has gained a reputation for its exceptional craftsmanship, timeless designs, and dedication to horological innovation. The brand is known for producing highly complicated and intricate timepieces, including perpetual calendars, minute repeaters, tourbillons, and chronographs. Patek Philippe watches are often regarded as works of art due to their meticulous attention to detail, exquisite finishes, and the use of precious materials.

Each Patek Philippe timepiece is meticulously handcrafted by skilled artisans, blending traditional watchmaking techniques with modern technology. The brand’s commitment to quality and precision is exemplified by its rigorous standards and the rigorous testing each watch undergoes before leaving the workshop.

Patek Philippe has also made significant contributions to the watchmaking industry. The company pioneered many innovative advancements, such as the first wristwatch with a perpetual calendar in 1925 and the first wristwatch with a chronograph function in 1941. Patek Philippe continues to push the boundaries of watchmaking and remains at the forefront of horological innovation.

Patek Philippe watches are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts worldwide. They are often regarded as a symbol of luxury, elegance, and refinement. Patek Philippe’s commitment to exclusivity and limited production ensures that each timepiece remains highly coveted and retains its value over time.

Today, Patek Philippe remains a family-owned company based in Geneva, Switzerland. The brand’s unwavering dedication to craftsmanship, tradition, and innovation has solidified its position as one of the most prestigious and revered watchmakers in the world. When you’re next in Switzerland, why not visit the Patek Philippe museum?

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Written by Matthew Ashton

I started working in the insurance industry in 2004. Four years later, I left to focus on theological studies, working as a youth worker and then as a ministry director in Seattle, USA. When returning to the UK, I had an opportunity to work for the late Andrew Marchington. I joined his firm as a sales advisor when it had around ten staff members. Within three years, I was Head of Ops with a staff team of over 30 people. After a chance encounter in 2019 with Rachel Living and Will Cooper, I co-started Stanhope to build a high-value home, luxury watch, and jewellery broker synonymous with trust. I love being with Donna, my wife, and four kids when not working, cramming in the odd row, or running when I can. I am fortunate to love what I do and consider it a blessing to grow the Stanhope brand.

Matthew Ashton

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