It’s often irked me to read references to the classic trinity of high end watches brands formed by Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet as being “holy”. By referring to them as a “holy trinity” it has seemed to me that one was implying some sort of religious significance to these watch brands.
As profound and powerful one’s enthusiasm and devotion may be to horlogerie, it’s safe to say that the line should be drawn at revering watches and their manufacturers in a religious manner. In fact the second commandment could be interpreted as forbidding it.
However, it occurred to me that the logos for both Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin are inspired by religious iconography. Patek has the Calatrava Cross...
... and Vacheron uses the Maltese Cross.
Without going into the history of why each brand chose these symbols as their logos, it’s safe to say that in two of three cases there may be reason to see some religious dimension to the trinity. I guess I will have to hold back on chiding anybody that refers to those three top brands as the “holy trinity”, even if it’s more of a holy duo plus one.