The mystery has been solved!!! Eric Clapton is pictured below wearing a very rare customized Patek Philippe 5970, with applied white gold numerals. Patek Philippe produced just a few 5970's for special customers, in all materials with this configuration. This is the first time I have ever seen this stunning model!!!
Eric Clapton is pictured above in Monza, Italy on September 11, 2010 while having a conversations with Red Bull Racing Motorsport consultant, Dr. Helmut Marko at the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. (Photo by Mark Thompson).
The Best Of All Worlds
So Eric Clatpon has excellent taste!!! He is rockin' and iPhone 4, with Persol sunglasses, and his Patek Philippe!!!! Nice!!!! You gotta love the Old School Patek with the New School iPhone 4, even the colors match with the silver and black...
Patek Philippe Coolness: Henri & Philippe & Thierry Stern
Father, Son & Grandson Who Have Run Patek Philippe
In the future I will be exploring the fascinating history of Patek Philippe, and today I am exploring the last three generations to run Patek Philippe. Patek Phillipe was purchase in 1932 by brothers, Jean and Charles Stern, who had previously been the dial supplier to Patek Philippe. Charles Stern became the Chairman of Patek Philippe SA, and his son Henri Stern ran the U.S.A. distribution from New York.
In many recent Patek Philippe advertisements, Patek Philippe says "You never really own a Patek Philippe, you merely take care of it for the next generation." Perhaps this motto comes from the fact that so many generations of the Stern family have run Patek Philippe.
In this first image we see Henri Stern, who was the CEO of Patek Philippe for many years. Henri Stern was the director of Patek Philippe U.S.A. from 1938 to 1958, at which time he moved back to Geneva, Switzerland to become the Managing Director of Patek Philippe.
In this next image we see Henri Stern, with his son Philippe Stern standing next to him. Phlippe Stern joined Patek Philippe in 1964, an and become the managing director in 1977 when he was 39. He became the President of Patek Philippe in 1993.
In the image below, we see three generations of Stern's. On the left we see Thierry Stern, with Henri Stern standing in the center, with Philippe Stern on the far right. Henri Stern retired from his position as the President of Patek Philippe and passed the torch to his son, Phlippe Stern.
Thierry Stern was born in 1970 and joined Patek Philippe in 1990. In August of 2009 he took over as the President of Patek Philippe when he was 39 years old.
Fovesta took this next image of Philippe and Thierry Stern
Christie's Auction House in Geneva just auction this 1928 Patek Philippe 18k white gold cushion-shaped single-button chronograph for $3,637,408. This beauty features Breguet numerals on a silvered dial and it is 34mm.
Patek Philippe has historically been renowned for their prowess in creating the most complicated timepieces in history. Patek Philippe introduced the Calibre 89 timepiece model in 1989 to commemorate and celebrate their 150th anniversary in 1989.
The Patek Philippe Caibre 89 is the most complicated timepieces in horological history. It has 33 Complications total. To date, Patek Philippe has only ever produced 4 of these timepieces, so they are extremely rare.
As a matter of fact, Patek Philippe has only made one each in yellow gold, pink gold, white gold and one in platinum. The example below is the yellow gold version.
The photo below shows both sides of the same timepiece. In other words, the Patek Philippe watch has one display window on the front, and the other on the back.
Click on the image above to see all of the magnificent complexity and detail
I intend to write a super detailed story which will cover the complete history of Patek Philippe, which I am looking forward to. Here is a photo of Patek Philippe's Chairman, Philippe Stern. Philippe Stern's history is really amazing, and he wrote the extremely well-written overview of Patek Philippe which I published on the right side of this page.
This is a fascinating Patek Philippe ad from 1980 that suggests that Albert Einstein's Patek Philippe is located in the Patek Philippe Museum in the "Patek Philippe Historic Antique Collection," which is very cool. I assume it is likely a pocket-watch, since the ad says "Einstein's Timepiece" but it may be a wrist watch? Either way, it is pretty cool...
Understanding Einstein's Fascination With Time
Albert Einstein's father showed young Albert Einstein a pocket compass when he was a young boy, and Albert was instantly fascinated. He immediately began pondering what invisible forcefield was controlling the needle on the compass. As Albert grew older, he continued his fascination with mechanical devices and started building his own. In the later part of the 19th century, which Einstein grew up in, there was no such thing as a wrist watch for men–only pocket watches.
In 1903 Albert Einstein went to work for the Federal Office Of Intellectual Property in Bern, Switzerland. Albert Einstien's job at the Swiss Patent Office consisted primarily of evaluating electrical-mechanical synchronization of time, thus beginning Einstein's fascination with the measurement of time. It was in the Swiss Patent Office Einstein formed his ideas about the significant relationship between space and time.
Einstein went on to earn his PhD from the University of Zurich in Switzerland in 1905, and in that same year, Einstein published his theory of special relativity. Of course, one of the great questions is, what was Einstein's involvement–if any–in studying how mechanical watches worked? and most importantly, did any of that learning stimulate–or lead to–his theory of relativity?
Albert Einstein was preoccupied with the study of analysis of time and concluded motion through space effects the passage of time. Einstein famously said, "The distinction between past, present and future is only an illusion, however persistent."
I created my Patek Philippe blog because I wanted to share all the insight I have gained over more than the last quarter-century, regarding Patek Phillipe.
As a designer, I have always been deeply inspired by any and all examples of timeless design. Patek Philippe represents one of the best examples I am aware of when it comes to timeless design and excellence.
It has been said, elegance knows no pain, and Patek Philippe is and has always been the epitome of elegant complexity in the horological world.
Patek Philippe is internationally renowned for historically making the most detailed and complicated timepieces. These magnificent masterpieces not only tell you the time, but they also transcend time, and tell you something about yourself.
Since its founding in 1839 Patek Philippe has been a great horological innovator. Patek Philippe is renowned for making the first wrist watch ever in 1868, and in 1925 they created the first perpetual calendar watch as well as the first minute repeater.
Many famous people have chosen Patek Philippe to keep the time of their lives. This notable list includes:
• Gene Autry
• Eric Clapton
• Bing Crosby
• Marie Curie
• Miles Davis
• Joe DiMaggio
• Walt Disney
• Albert Einstein
• Duke Ellington
• Clark Gable
• John F. Kennedy
• Dalai Lama
• John Lennon
• Paul McCartney
• Pablo Picasso
• Brad Pitt
• Vladimir Putin
• Queen Elizabeth
• Queen Victoria
• Elizabeth Taylor
In the 2004 Patek Philippe Collection Highlights Guide–then President of Patek Philippe–Philippe Stern, wrote the Preface, which was so beautifully written, profound, compelling and inspiring, I decided to share it with you here.
I made the decision to share Philippe Stern's words since he so faithfully and intelligently describes the brand ethos and guiding philosophy of Patek Philippe in such an inspirational and passionate way.
I remember the first time I read these words of Philippe Stern's, being completely blown away by how articulate he was and how superb his use of metaphor was!!! Philippe Stern's words are as timeless as his design philosophy and his Patek Philippe watches!!!
Editor and Publisher of Jake's Patek Philippe World
The following excerpt is from the 2004 Patek Philippe Collection Highlights Catalog:
Preface by Philippe Stern
You are considering the purchase of a Patek Philippe timepiece. This makes you part of a community of people who strive for excellence and for whom a watch is more than a time-measuring instrument.
It also makes you one of the curators of a scientific and artistic tradition. You take possession of a precious object through which the spirit of venerable craftsmanship comes alive, an object that presupposes the frame of mind of a true art collector: judgment, esteem for value, and largesse.
Our current advertising campaign captures the essence: "You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation."
The longevity of our timepieces will some day give your descendants the exclusive pleasure of wearing one of the finest watches ever made. Our company has pursued a philosophy of excellence since 1839.
It was the year when Antoine Nobert de Patek, a sensitive aesthete, and Jean-Adrien Philippe, a watchmaking genius, inaugurated their workshops and promised each other that they would henceforth build the world's most exceptional timepieces. The foresight of the former and the inventiveness of the latter enabled them to successfully attain this goal.
Such an ambition requires the willingness to constantly surpass one's own expectations. As the undisputed virtuoso of horological complications, and since 1839 the creator of the world's most complicated timepiece, Patek Philippe has never ceased to extend the boundaries of the art of watchmaking.
The company's innovations, inspired by the poetry of time and acclaimed for the elegance with which they were executed, originate from the desire to introduce new timekeeping functions.
The outstanding precision of the movements, the superb workmanship, the precious materials, and the elaborate decoration techniques are essential elements of the Patek Philippe style which is truly inimitable, not least because of the way it combines complex mechanisms with classic design.
We have the enviable privilege of safeguarding the continuity of extremely rare crafts by recruiting promising talent and generously allocating resources to our in-house training centers.
Additionally, our designers and engineers, master watchmakers and gem setters, and all the other craftsmen or our workshops are in the position to take the time needed to accomplish their work, without pressure. This gives us the assurance that the perfection of our products is not marred by compromise.
You decision to acquire a Patek Philippe is also a decision in favor of authenticity. We cannot imagine a more fitting reward for our unerring quest for excellence. We have created this catalog to familiarize you with our products and help you select a watch that will become a most delightful part of your life.
President, Patek Philippe.
The 2004 Patek Philippe Catalog Continues:
Patek Philippe watches are timekeeping instruments of benchmark stature. But they are also works of art whose beauty reflects their mechanical perfection.
To distill the best of an era and transform it into a timeless icon is the infinitely delicate task of Patek Philippe's styling experts. With their designs, they must evoke emotions that are as lasting as the movements themselves.
From the first pencil sketch to the finished watch, the objective is always to find the perfect balance between classicism and modernity. Only what is deemed worthy will bear the Patek Philippe signature.
The outcome is timeless appeal as exemplified by the sustained success of Patek Philippe watches at prestigious auctions.
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