The partnership between Patek Philippe and Beyer Chronometrie dates back to the Geneva-based manufacturer's earliest years. It is the longest-standing relationship forged by either company – and, since the Stern family took over Patek Philippe in 1932, one of the most personal: the two have always been connected by more than just business. And so Beyer Chronometrie – and Zurich – was awarded the honour in July 2011 of opening the first (and to-date only) retailer-managed Patek Philippe Boutique in Switzerland. A four-strong team ensures that nothing is left to chance in creating an atmosphere of sophistication. They look forward to anticipating your every wish. The Patek Philippe Boutique is situated directly next to our Beyer shop at Bahnhofstrasse 31. We stock a wide selection of these exquisite timepieces.
Patek Philippe and Beyer have harboured the desire to jointly operate a boutique in Zurich for many years. Already two generations earlier, Henry Stern and Theodor Beyer had nurtured this dream, which has finally come true. The Geneva-based manufacture was founded in 1839, and we have been selling these top-quality timepieces since around 1842. The collaboration between our two companies has been very intensive from the start. In 1880, Adelrich Beyer was apprenticed to Patek Philippe and also met his future wife there. In turn, the present-day CEO of Patek Philippe, Thierry Stern, spent time at Beyer to gain some practical experience.
Patek Philippe - the manufacture with the highest quality
As the last family-owned independent watch manufacturer in Geneva, Patek Philippe enjoys absolute creative freedom to entirely design, produce and assemble what many experts agree to be the finest timepieces in the world – following the vision of its founders, Antoine Norbert de Patek and Adrien Philippe. Very often, these works of art not only retain their value over the years, but also achieve record sums at auction.
Patek Philippe has always strived for perfection and aims to create timepieces that can be handed down from one generation to the next.
Patek Philippe has its own propriety quality label for mechanical watches. This attests the utmost quality of the timepieces over and above the officially recognised standards. The company’s 2,400 employees are involved in all the activities, from the initial design right through to the delivery of the finished watch. They explore new technologies, implement creative ideas and look after their clients with a worldwide after-sales service.
What characterises Patek Philippe watches?
The quest for perfection has determined the corporate philosophy of Patek Philip since time immemorial. The current collection features 19 basic calibres and over 50 different types of movement, which are only produced in small series. This is a guarantee for exceptional value, which combined with unequalled quality explains why Patek Philippe watches are so sought-after by collectors. Countless inventions have come out of the firm’s workshop and with their record-breaking accuracy have decisively shaped the history of horological technology. With the predominant share of mechanical movements, Patek Philippe is the undisputed leader in the field of traditional fine watchmaking.
The current collection encompasses the following lines: Calatrava, Nautilus, Aquanaut, Ellipse d’Or, Gondolo und Twenty4. Complicated watches are assigned to one of two categories: Complications and Grande Complications. The majority of Patek Philippe’s watches are mechanical timepieces with an automatic or hand-wound movement.
All the sales staff at Beyer’s Patek Philippe Boutique have attended and passed the four-stage training course to become Patek Philippe brand representatives. They know not only the watch models but also Patek Philippe’s history inside out and have taken the company’s values to heart. The Beyer team were trained by Patek Philippe instructors during several workshops. The training course was concluded with a four-day trip to Geneva, including a guided tour of the manufactory and the final exam.
Our watchmakers also underwent several weeks of intensive training in Geneva at Patek Philippe. Each module lasted four weeks, whereby three modules were offered. The company’s senior management decides who can attend these courses. At the end of each module, participants are required to sit a demanding exam, and can only attend the next course after several years of practical experience. Only watchmakers who have successfully completed these courses are permitted to service Patek Philippe watches and order spare parts.
For the boutique's fifth anniversary, Patek Philippe has produced a limited edition of the rare and coveted Annual Calendar Ref. 5205 G-011 with a blue dial. Just 25 of the watches are available exclusively at our boutique in Zurich. This elegant watch is manufactured in white gold and features an automatic movement and a moon phase indicator.
For Beyer, Patek Philippe has made an exception and is presenting a special double-name jubilee-edition watch as the pre-production series to the “Ref. 5170-001”. The “Ref. 5170-010” timepieces recall the Patek Philippe chronographs of the 1940s, which are among the most highly sought-after objects at auctions.
The watch is equipped with such special features as a tachymeter and an additional solid gold back with a jubilee engraving. Naturally, the exclusive wooden presentation box also contains the story of the very special links between Patek Philippe and Beyer, as well as a certificate confirming the limited edition. After all, there are only 50 of these watches in existence. Unfortunately, all of them have already been sold.