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Tracing the Sound in Patek Philippe History

1839

Journal entry for the manufacture’s first chiming timepiece (No. 81), a repeater pocket watch with “repassage” (complete inspection and final adjustments) executed by François Czapek, Antoine Norbert de Patek’s first business partner.

1910

“Duc de Regla” pocket watch with grande and petite sonnerie and minute repeater with a Westminster chime on five gongs.

1927

First Patek Philippe pocket watch with a minute repeater and astronomical displays (celestial chart), crafted for automobile designer James Ward Packard

1933

“Graves” supercomplication, a pocket watch with 24 complications, five gongs, grande sonnerie, petite sonnerie and minute repeater, Westminster chime and an alarm.

1983

Introduction of Ref. 920/1 pocket watch with grande sonnerie, minute repeater, split-seconds chronograph and perpetual calendar (caliber 20’’’GC)

1989

150th anniversary of Patek Philippe and rebirth of repeater timepieces. Launch of Calibre 89, the world’s most complicated portable timepiece, 33 complications. Launch of the Refs. 3979 and 3974 with perpetual calendar

2000

Star Caliber 2000 pocket watch (21 complications). For the first time in a case of its size, it accommodates a Westminster strikework with five gongs that plays the original melody of the tower clock of the parliament building in London – completely and correctly.

2014

Patek Philippe's 175th anniversary. Launch of the Ref. 5175 Grandmaster Chime with 20 complications, including a grande and petite sonnerie, a minute repeater, an acoustic alarm that strikes the preselected time, and a date repeater that sounds the date on demand. Anniversary Ref. 5275 Chiming Jump Hour, with jumping hours, minutes and seconds, striking mechanism that automatically strikes the top of each hour

2016

Introduction of the Grandmaster Chime in the regular collection as the Ref. 6300