As an independent, owner managed, family enterprise Patek Philippe has a special luxury: The Swiss tradition manufacture commits to its origin, its roots and its philosophy of quality and aesthetics. Founded in 1839 by Earl Norbert Antoine de Patek and the master watchmaker Jean Adrien Philippe, the quality demand “just the best” runs like a thread through the company’s history. Since its founding in 1839, the total production of watches by Patek Philippe adds up to less than 1% of the current annual production of the Swiss Watch Industry. After one and a half centuries the ongoing relentless pursuit of perfection and optical understatement create an aura that is ungrudgingly recognized by competitors. Best-known models are: Calatrava, Nautilus, Aquanaut, Twenty-4 and Ellipse d´Or.