Mr Stern, what surprised you most about your company during Covid-19?
The pandemic and the current situation came as a surprise to me too. And yet our family business was not caught on the wrong foot: my father taught me that being well prepared for difficult times is an essential component of resilience.
What watch have you worn most during this time?
In 2020, we were able to inaugurate our new PP6 production building. I’m very proud of what we achieved there. We celebrated the completion of the building with a limited series, the “Calatrava” Ref. 6007 in steel. That’s the model I have worn most often lately.
«I MISS THE PERSONAL CONTACT, IT’S ESSENTIAL!»
Assuming we manage to get back to normality: what are you looking forward to most?
Going out, eating out, travelling, meeting our partners and clients: I miss the personal contact; it’s essential!
What is your big goal for 2021?
Another lesson my father taught me is that the best way to deal with crises is to offer new products, to whet our customers’ appetite and to help our partners. We will be introducing new products throughout the year and coordinating delivery better. Initial results have been very encouraging.
DID YOU KNOW …
... Antoine Norbert de Patek and Jean Adrien Philippe, the two founders of Patek Philippe, were not just business partners, but something like each other’s life insurance? Patek was godfather to four of Philippe’s five children. They were extremely close, partly perhaps because they were so different: while the much-travelled Patek was skilfully concluding contracts all over the world, the visionary Philippe was inventing groundbreaking innovations in Geneva, such as the watch
without a winding key.