Patek Philippe’s alliance with Geneva was realized 175 years ago, but watchmaking has been intimately linked with decorative arts for over 400 years. During the turbulences of history, many artisans with rare skills found a home in cosmopolitan Geneva and, working hand in hand with watchmakers, won global acclaim. Patek Philippe consistently placed great emphasis on creating a place for highly specialized forms of craftsmanship such as engraving, guilloching, enameling (cloisonné, champlevé, miniature painting, flinqué, plique-à-jour), marquetry, the jeweler’s arts, skeletonizing, and other techniques by giving them prominence on the cases, bracelets, and dials of its most precious timepieces. This remained a focus even in the period from 1950 to the end of the 20th century, when the demand for lavishly decorated watches dwindled.
In the 1940s, after having acquired Patek Philippe, the Stern family also began to collect the finest examples of these handcrafts as witnesses of the finest of ornamental artistry. The private Patek Philippe Museum was launched in 2001 to give the public access to these showpieces alongside the largest known collection of portable timekeeping instruments dating back to the 16th century.
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Harold Freeman Jewelers – Authorized Patek Philippe Dealer
100 Indian Rockes Road N.
Belleair Bluffs,Florida 33770