Adrien Philippe

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Adrien Philippe
Adrien Philippe (1815–1894)
Born16 April 1815 Edit this on Wikidata
La Bazoche-Gouet Edit this on Wikidata
Died5 January 1894 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 78)
Geneva Edit this on Wikidata
OccupationWatchmaker, businessperson Edit this on Wikidata
  • Knight of the Legion of Honour Edit this on Wikidata

Jean Adrien Philippe (April 16, 1815, La Bazoche-Gouet, Eure-et-Loir – January 5, 1894) was a French horologist and cofounder of watchmaker Patek Philippe & Co. of Geneva, Switzerland.[1]

In 1842, Adrien Philippe invented a mechanism for watches which allowed them to be wound and set by means of a crown rather than a key. His patented invention earned him a Bronze Medal at the French Industrial Exposition of 1844 (World's Fair).[1][2] At the Exhibition, Adrien Philippe first met Antoni Patek and a year later became head watchmaker at Patek & Co. in Geneva under an agreement that entitled him to one third of all company profits.

Adrien Philippe proved to be very capable at his craft and a product innovator whose value to the firm was such that by 1851 he was made a full partner and the firm began operating as Patek Philippe & Co. In 1863 he published a book in Geneva and Paris on the workings of pocket watches titled Les montres sans clef.

His partner Antoni Patek died in 1877 and in 1891 the 76-year-old Adrien Philippe handed over the day-to-day management of the business to his son Joseph Emile Philippe and Francois Antoine Conty.[1]

Jean Adrien Philippe died in 1894 and was buried in St-Georges Cemetery in Geneva.


  1. ^ a b c "Patek Philippe Watches (Volume I) - Patek Philippe Museum" (PDF). Patek Philippe.
  2. ^ GENEVE, PATEK PHILIPPE SA. "Patek Philippe | Company | History". Patek Philippe SA. Retrieved February 23, 2019.