Patek Philippe Chairman Says Swiss Watchmaker Is Not for Sale
The 180-year-old Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe SA is not for sale, according to the company’s chairman.
“If it’s not my children, then there’ll be a new CEO, but for sure it’s not in our plan to sell Patek,” Stern said at the Baselworld watch fair.
Speculation about a possible sale of one of the last big independent watchmakers arose in January when Berenberg analysts pointed to chatter at the Geneva watch salon that a sale could be approaching. They said a deal could fetch 7 billion to 9 billion euros ($8 billion to $10 billion).
Many of the brand’s rivals have been snapped up in recent years by luxury companies Richemont, Swatch Group AG and Kering SA. Patek Philippe says on its website that the company’s “intention is to independently pursue the path that led to its success.”