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Discovering the Ladies’ Patek Philippe Timepieces at Prestons Wilmslow

08 December 22

Joanne Mounter talks us through her 29 years at Prestons and the experience of purchasing a Patek Philippe timepiece.

How long have you worked at Prestons Wilmslow and why did you want to work there?

I can’t quite believe it - it will be 29 years this year. I originally started my career at Cottrills, based in Bramhall, which was later rebranded to Prestons. I had always wanted to work with luxury products and when I moved to Prestons Wilmslow, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to work with some of the World’s finest brands including Patek Philippe.

What do you love about Patek Philippe as a brand?

I once had the privilege of visiting the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, which was incredible and gave me a real insight into Patek Philippe’s production since its foundation in 1839. I found the craftsmanship of each watch fascinating. The brand only crafts approximately 60,000 wristwatches per year so each timepiece is incredibly special. It is amazing that each individual part of the movement and cases are produced, finished and assembled in-house.

What’s your favourite Patek Philippe watch? 

My favourite is a very versatile feminine watch, the Patek Philippe Twenty-4. Launched in 1999, the Twenty~4 was the first exclusive feminine Patek Philippe collection, designed as a companion for the life of modern, active women. Wearable at any time of day and night, with versions in diamond-set rose gold or stainless steel, it is perfect for every occasion.

The Twenty-4 collection is offered in two visual styles; manchette-style featuring a quartz movement and the more rounded, slightly larger case style, which is the automatic. For me, the Twenty~4 with the olive-green sunburst dial, introduced in 2022, is my favourite. It feels incredibly comfortable on the wrist and the diamonds set either side of the dial are so elegant. It’s somehow both classic and contemporary - it would suit any outfit and any occasion. The Twenty~4 Automatic was introduced in 2018, it was the first model of the collection with a self-winding mechanical movement in a round case. Personally, I really like the larger case of this wristwatch. I have worked with Patek Philippe since 2002 and with each new release, the brand has added another exceptional model, each of which have become classics, the Twenty-4, the Calatrava and the Gondolo, to name just a few.

What makes the experience of buying a Patek Philippe special?

For me, there is something so special about purchasing a Patek Philippe. It is often to celebrate a moment in their life, perhaps a promotion or an anniversary, a milestone or a birthday and the experience of purchasing that cherished wristwatch becomes a memory in itself.

If you are looking to begin exploring the Patek Philippe collection, I would always invite you to visit us at the showroom. It is such a personal choice and, of course, each individual has their own style, taste and perhaps particular functions or features they are looking for on their timepiece. 

Discover Patek Philippe at Prestons Wilmslow or call to book an appointment on 01625 416 330.

For further information please visit: prestonsdiamonds.co.uk

Our Showrooms

Over the years, generations of families have become customers of Prestons, and many have gone on to become friends. Today, our teams look forward to welcoming you to our showrooms in Wilmslow, Guildford, Norwich and Leeds.

Prestons Guildford


Our Guildford showroom, which is now located on the opposite side of the high street, is designed to reflect the architectural merit of the Edwardian building it now occupies. The store features newly extended spaces dedicated to the fine watch houses it showcases, alongside a comfortable lounge to allow our clients to explore our bridal and fine jewellery collections. Explore This Showroom

Prestons Wilmslow


Located in the heart of Wilmslow, this showroom features a selection of spaces dedicated to the fine watch houses it showcases. Of course, the bridal collections Prestons have always been famous for remain a prominent feature of the store and surround the famous Aquarium Bar which sits at its centre. Explore This Showroom

Rolex by Prestons, Leeds


This showroom, located in Victoria Gate, features extensive Rolex showcases alongside a discrete VIP lounge. Every element of the interior design radiates the values of the Rolex crown: excellence, precision and attention to detail from louvre walls in walnut, to the careful calibration of colours and patterns within the fittings and furnishings. Explore This Showroom

Prestons Norwich


Located on the historic Norwich high street, Prestons Norwich has been expanded and redesigned to reflect the character of the building it has occupied for over 150 years. The showroom features collections by Patek Philippe, Rolex and TUDOR alongside our fine jewellery collections. Explore This Showroom
Guildford showroom