On May 1st, 1839 two Polish immigrants, Antoine Norbert de Patek (Salesman) and François Czapek (Watchmaker) joined forces to found "Patek, Czapek & Co".
In 1844 Mr. Patek met the French watchmaker, Mr. Adrien Philippe in Paris where the latter presented his pioneering stem winding and setting system by the crown.
In 1845 when decided to leave the company and to continue his activity on his own, the company name changed to "Patek & Co."
In 1851 when Mr. Philippe became officially associated, the company was re baptised, "Patek Philippe & Co".
In 1932, the company was purchased by Charles and Jean Stern, two brothers and since then, "Patek Philippe S.A. » remains a family owned firm, with 3rd and 4th generation at its head : Mr. Philippe Stern, President and Mr. Thierry Stern, his son, Vice-President.
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