A visit to the Patek Philippe Museum will cost you 10 CHF (per person) but it I can vouch for the fact that it is 10 CHF well-spent – if you appreciate hand-made watches and centuries of tradition in watch-making. The building that houses the collection is impeccable and from the moment you step inside, you are enveloped in this ambiance of effortless luxury. You are not supposed to take photos so all of the photos in this post are borrowed (click through each one to reach their source sites).

The first level contains a collection of beautiful vintage wooden desks and other work spaces where the watches were first made. Patek Philippe’s own story is peppered all throughout in small plaques and photos that accompany the exhibit. The second and third levels house a grand collection of watches from different eras, dating back to the very Patek Philippe watches made in the early 19th century to more recent collections from the 1980s and 90s. My favorites were the quirkier ones, such as the collection made for Chinese markets and the lavish pocket watches encased in robin’s egg blue enamel and silver.

An example of the work spaces used in the past to make the watches.
An example of the work spaces used in the past to make the watches.
A sample of the beautiful pocket watches house in the museum.
Robin’s egg blue!