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.
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.