Patek Philippe The Authorised Biography – Nicholas Foulkes
As Foulkes writes in his introduction, “Patek Philippe is a watch brand that inspires an almost religious fervour in its devotees”. Being a total Patekaholic myself, these are sentiments I can relate to and it was one hell of a Christmas present when my copy of this book turned up on 24th December 2016. Foulkes is an excellent writer and with wit and scholarly insight, the story of Patek Philippe unfolds from the birth of its founders to the present day. The book is filled with fascinating facts and some wonderful anecdotes – one of my favourites being a rather tardy letter which Tsar Nicholas II sent to Patek Philippe to thank them for, let’s face it rather a special watch (an 18ct gold, hunting cased, perpetual calendar, minute repeating, moon-phase watch) which they had presented to him….10 years earlier.
Beautifully illustrated throughout with paintings, photographs and vintage advertisements, the story of this illustrious watchmaker is brought to life. Oh and turn to the back of the book and you’ll find an amazing spreadsheet of tables detailing all the Patek Philippe reference numbers produced between 1932 (when referencing began) and 2015 – these are in numerical order and show the year of each reference’s release, together with the metals in which each model was available. Further tables show each movement calibre number and the models in which these have been used and, finally, there are tables showing which references were released in each year from 1932 until 2015.
Nicholas Foulkes has written some 20 books and regularly contributes to publications such as the Financial Times, GQ, Country Life and Vanity Fair.
These books are wrapped in Patek Philippe branded tissue paper and presented in a cardboard Patek Philipe carrying case.
Hardback with dust jacket
Published in 2016 by Preface, part of the Penguin Random House Group.
dec 30, 2016