Patek Philippe's Grand Exhibition Has 119 Timepieces on Display
Swiss watch manufacturer Patek Philippe has a long history with exhibitions and fairs. Starting in the 19th century, it took part in many of these events to bring new products to a global audience. And up until today, Patek Philippe continues to uphold this practice which has turned into a tradition. In the past, the manufacturer has staged exhibitions in Dubai, Munich, London, and New York. This year, it picked Singapore for its largest exhibition yet.
Patek Philippe's Watch Art Grand Exhibition in Singapore was in the making for two years, and the result is something every horology fan would appreciate. Patek Philippe president Thierry Stern said that while the free public exhibition is a reward for everyone who loves watches, it's the manufacturer's way of sharing its knowledge to the world.
The choice of Singapore was something that just made sense owing to the fact that it's the Singapore Bicentennial. "The region is where we have the fastest development, and maybe one of the most important potential," says Patek Philippe commercial director Jerome Pernici. "But it's not only a question of sales. It's a question of appreciation of the watches and what Patek Philippe is. We have a lot of knowledgeable customers in Southeast Asia. In Singapore, obviously, but also in Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines."
The exhibition has 10 thematic rooms, starting with a tribute to the country through the Singapore and Southeast Asia Room. The room tells the story of Singapore and Southeast Asia along with pieces that were brought out from the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva as well as donations and pieces on loan from collectors. Upon entering the exhibition, visitors are instantly taken into the world of Patek Philippe. The first room showcases the current collection which is filled with about 50 timepieces alone. Its interior was inspired by the historic salons on Rue du Rhône in Geneva.
The Rare Handcrafts Room where artisans demonstrate techniques including enameling, guilloché, and more is also a good look at the story of Patek and its ties to the region. "The Singapore story and the region's story is beautifully told in the Rare Handcrafts Room because that's something we started to work with Geneva for two years," said Patek Philippe Southeast Asia general manager Deepa Chatrath. "Every piece has been inspired from motifs and many other elements."
What collectors will love, of course, are all the limited editions on display namely the Ref. 5303R-010 Minute Repeater Tourbillon Singapore 2019 Special Edition, Ref. 5531R-010 World Time Minute Repeater Singapore 2019 Special Edition, Ref. 5930G-011 World Time Chronograph Singapore 2019 Special Edition, Ref. 5167A-012 Aquanaut Singapore 2019 Special Edition, Ref. 5067A-027 Aquanaut Luce Singapore 2019 Special Edition, and the Ref. 7234A-001 Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Singapore 2019 Special Edition.
"For Patek, you cannot just walk into our store and understand who we are. You cannot just read an article and know who we are. To visit means to see the passion of the family, you have to see our manufacturers. It's, as if, there's a different level that we all work toward within the company, which obviously comes from the family. When you come into something like this, then you can really feel the breadth of what we do," said Chatrath.
Another part of the exhibition is Patek Philippe's collaboration with the National Museum of Singapore. In celebration of the Watch Art Grand Exhibition, the manufacturer has pledged 100 percent of the proceeds from the limited-edition commemorative catalog to the museum. The catalog highlights hundreds of historical timepieces, current collection, Rare Handcrafts, and Grand Complications. The joint effort supports the preservation of arts and heritage in Singapore.
Patek Philippe's Watch Art Grand Exhibition in Singapore runs until October 13 in the Marina Bay Sands Theater. The free public exhibition is by reservation at patek.com. Take a look below:
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