Back in the early days of Patek Philippe, Antoni Patek, the marketing and business side of the nascent horology brand, would regularly tour the United States to promote his watches. It was in 1847 when Patek, after having completed one of these tours of America, met Tiffany at his final stop in New York. It is said they instantly took a liking to each other.
When Patek arrived back in Switzerland, he discovered that Tiffany had already placed an order for 150 watches, a rather significant number at the time. A few years later, in 1876, Tiffany would formalise this arrangement and declare that the jeweller would attend to Patek Philippe’s affairs in America as if they were its own. This relationship, while having evolved over the years, is still as strong as ever today, with Tiffany-stamped Patek Philippe watches available – for those lucky enough to get them – from their famous 5th Avenue boutique.
The combination of these two brands, revered for their longevity, exclusivity and for capturing different yet complementary understandings of luxury in Switzerland and the United States, means the appeal of their double-signed dials are second to none. To this day, the strength of their partnership is exemplified by the fact Tiffany & Co. is the only retailer that can still print its name alongside that of Patek Philippe.
While a hotly discussed market has developed around modern Tiffany-stamped sports models, the classic, vintage timepieces endure the test of time in their appeal to collectors. As @vntgbug, a collector of vintage and modern Tiffany-stamped Patek Philippe pieces – including a 2499 – puts it, “It signals the strong bond between two powerhouses going back over 170 years. That, combined with the rarity and perceived lesser number of pieces on the market, just gets collectors going.”