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A Crash Course in Patek Philippe, Through the Eyes of a Watch Newbie

In order to understand watches, I knew I had to understand Patek. So I went to Geneva for a tour of the brand's mothership museum. Lesson one: Don't show up late to a place that's all about timekeeping.

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Originally published by Sarah Miller on Hodinkee.

The Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva marches the visitor through 500 years of watchmaking history, so what did it matter if I was 12 minutes late? “No matter what you do, don’t be late in Switzerland,” I’d been warned by all and sundry, but here I was (long story) walking into the museum sweating and disheveled and full of apologies, earning a D in my brand-new major: Time Studies.