17 September 2013 -
Patek Philippe President Thierry Stern visits Hettich
Patek Philippe President Thierry Stern visits Hettich,
18th September 2013
We were honoured to welcome the head of Patek Philippe, Thierry
Stern to visit our new store in September. Thierry Stern is the
fourth generation to hold the role of president of the world-class
Swiss watchmaking firm, which has been in the hands of the Stern
family since 1932 and, like his predecessors, makes it a tradition
to visit every store.
Hettich's relationship with Patek Philippe began in 1966, and has
flourished ever since, becoming one of the longest relationships
recorded between Patek Philippe and a trusted retailer. During
Thierry Stern's visit we were able to show him our Hettich archive
press cuttings book which contains original Patek Philippe
advertisements from the 60s and a Jersey Evening Post article from
May 1972 documenting a visit from Thierry's grandfather, Henri
Stern (President of Patek Philippe, 1958-1977). Photographs show Mr
Stern at a launch party for Patek Philippe's new collection along
with Hettich's Tony Chinn and Hettich customers at L'Horizon Hotel.
Jeffrey Chinn remembers meeting Mr and Mrs Stern during a visit to
Jersey, when they gave the Chinn family a gilt spoon to commemorate
the birth of Jeffrey's younger brother.
Taking over from his father Philippe as president in 2009, Thierry
Stern is the fourth generation of the family to hold the role at
Patek Philippe, which celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2014. He
makes it a policy to visit every store: 'We are a family business'
said Mr Stern, 'and it is very important to me that we know each
Patek Philippe watches are among the most intricate and exclusive
timepieces in the world, with some watches taking as long as 20
years to be developed from concept to reality. The family-owned
company, which is Geneva's oldest independent watch manufacturer,
creates all its own movements in-house, skillfully producing
watches of an exceptionally high quality.
And as you'd expect from a world-class watchmaker, the visit of
Thierry Stern was precisely timed down to the very last second.
With just under two hours in the island, the president of Patek
Philippe was welcomed to Hettich, given a guided tour of the new
store, meeting customers and local media before enjoying a Jersey
seafood lunch. His thoughts? 'A flying visit, but a most enjoyable