1996 was a pivotal year for Patek Philippe. It was the birth year of a luxurious upscale magazine created explicitly for owners of Patek Philippe timepieces. Nearly 25 years later, the Patek Philippe Magazine is deemed a benchmark in its genre. It is published twice a year in eight languages with a circulation of almost 300,000 copies. The fantastic stories inside each edition showcase the adventurous spirit and devotion to perfection for which the watchmaker is known.
The idea behind the Patek Philippe Magazine launched in 1996 is credited to Philippe Stern, then the president of the manufacture. He wanted to share the cultural universe and the values upheld by the company with its customers. The concept was developed by a London-based publishing house that belonged to the Condé Nast Group. It provided access to world-famous contributors, journalists, writers, and photographers, making it possible to create a magazine at the pinnacle of cultural and artistic quality.
The luxurious publication is reserved for owners of Patek Philippe watches, addressing the main interests and lifestyles of a clientele with exquisite taste. It covers a broad spectrum of topics from fine arts and architecture, fashion, design, craftsmanship, music, film, photography, and science to travel reports, not to mention portraits of distinguished personalities of our era. Many topics are directly associated with the values of Patek Philippe, not least artisanship, tradition, innovation, independence, and exclusivity.
The Patek Philippe Magazine offers its readers privileged access to the world and behind the scenes of the manufacture. Each issue features articles about the watchmaker's latest debuts and technical achievements, legendary timepieces, the history of individual collections, and the many skills pursued in the manufacture's ateliers – both in watchmaking and in rare handcrafts.
The Patek Philippe Magazine has established an outstanding reputation for its appealing content and editorial quality. It has benefited from the contributions of many prominent authors, among them José Saramago and Gao Xingjian, winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature, world-famous writers such as Carlos Fuentes, John Fowles, and Jung Chang, as well as highly talented chroniclers including Peter York, Will Self, and Nick Foulkes. The equally superb visual material has been created by eminent photographers such as Eve Arnold, Lord Snowdon, Elliot Erwitt, Don McCullin, Rene Burri, Wim Wenders, Jason Bell, Simon Norfolk, Gautier Deblonde, and John Swannell.
With its stylish design and intelligent content, the Patek Philippe Magazine has become a veritable collector's item among friends of the brand, just like the timepieces that it portrays with such panache.