Patek Philippe May Be coming up for sale

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Patek Philippe May Be coming up for sale

Post by koimaster » January 28th 2019, 10:15am

And IMHO that will be the end of the brand as we know it today.


Patek Philippe, the closely held maker of $10,000-plus Calatrava watches, may be coming up for sale, according to analysts at Berenberg who cited industry talk.

The 180-year-old Swiss watchmaker could fetch 7 billion to 9 billion euros ($8 billion to $10 billion), analysts led by Zuzanna Pusz wrote in a note. Patek Philippe has been owned by the Stern family for almost a century, and Thierry Stern became the company’s chairman in 2009.

“It was interesting to hear in the corridors of the Geneva watch salon that a potential sale of the high-end watch brand Patek Philippe could be approaching soon,” the analysts wrote, noting that it could be just a rumor.

A Patek spokeswoman declined to comment except to say deal speculation tends to occur during the annual watch fairs in Switzerland, including last week’s Geneva show. A sale of Patek Philippe would upend the watch industry and could lead to a bidding war, as it’s one of the last prize assets that hasn’t fallen into the hands of a luxury conglomerate. Swatch Group AG, which has bought up brands including Omega, and Richemont, which owns Cartier, make more than half of Swiss watches.


Patek Philippe has sales of 1.5 billion francs, according to Berenberg estimates. On its website, the company says its “intention is to independently pursue the path that led to its success.”

“We understand that one of the largest conglomerates in the sector would likely be interested in the asset given its currently relatively low exposure to the watch category,” the analysts wrote. Pusz wasn’t immediately available to comment further.


Two years ago, family-owned Breitling was sold to private-equity owners CVC Capital Partners for more than 800 million euros.

In 2014, Stern told Swiss newspaper Le Temps that the company may eventually need to leave Geneva or put itself up for sale if its tax burden wasn’t reduced. Months later, the company announced a 450 million-franc ($451 million) investment plan in the canton.


Stern’s wife, Sandrine, works in design at Patek Philippe. Their children are in their teens, and Patek’s chairman has said he wouldn’t push them into the business if they didn’t want to join.



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Post by Thunder1 » January 29th 2019, 8:53am

Gee, I'll have to start collecting aluminum cans to recycle or something in order to prepare a bid.. :-o
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Post by TemerityB » January 29th 2019, 8:36pm

artman wrote:Maybe IWG buys them and we'll be able to buy a Nautilus on EvineTV for only $49.99 with 500 ValuePays!




Note: Apologies if I messed up that gag because I've never seen an episode of the aforementioned EvineTV so I probably used "ValuePays" incorrectly.


Nahh, that was mint, artie.

PP, if its sold, has to be to another company in that same segment (with the same sort of unparalleled quality) or it just won't be the same. I'm a lot shocked by this bit of news but I guess I shouldn't be surprised at all.
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