A Family Passion

Since the early days of Patek Philippe, chiming watches have been a part of its history – its first minute repeater pocket watch dating back to 1845. This passion has been nurtured and developed by four generations of the Stern family since 1932, resulting in the creation of dozens of minute repeaters, the development of new calibers and the launch of exceptional pieces such as the Grandmaster Chime in 2014. In this video, Thierry Stern reflects on the unique bond between his family and chiming watches as well as his own personal experience of unique timepieces.

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Before it can leave the workshop, every Patek Philippe chiming watch must be vetted by Thierry Stern – a responsibility he inherited from his father Philippe, who also learned this skill from his father Henri. The practice, which comes from a deeply personal and emotional process to the watches, guarantees the quality and consistency of the Patek Philippe sound.

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"You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation."
What is true for a Patek Philippe watch also holds true for the company as a whole: from Jean and Charles Henri (1932) to Henri (1958), Philippe (1993) and Thierry (2009), the responsibility and leadership of the company has been passed down from one generation of Stern to the next for the past 88 years, linking past, present and future in truly unique manner.

Henri Stern

President of Patek Philippe from 1958 to 1993.

Philippe Stern

Honorary President of Patek Philippe and President from 1993 to 2009. Philippe Stern shaped the history of the manufacture with ambitious real estate projects, the Patek Philippe Museum, and exceptional timekeeping instruments such as the Calibre 89.

Thierry Stern

President of Patek Philippe, Thierry Stern is committed to safeguarding Patek Philippe's technological leadership to continuously improve the quality and long-term dependability of its timepieces.