Patek Philippe’s Watch Art Grand Exhibition Comes To Asia For The First Time.
Marking its inaugural grand exhibition in Asia, Patek Philippe has in March earlier this year announced the details of their Watch Art Grand Exhibition 2019. On its 5th instalment after Dubai in 2012, Munich in 2013, London in 2015 and New York City in 2017, Singapore will play host in conjunction with the Singapore Bicentennial Year – earmarking the importance of Singapore and Southeast Asia for Patek Philippe. The Watch Art Grand Exhibition Singapore 2019, touted as an event of extraordinary proportions, is set to take place at the Marina Bay Sands Theatre starting from Saturday, September 28 until Sunday, October 13, 2019 where collectors, aficionados of the watchmaking artistry and the general public can immerse themselves in the world of Patek Philippe.
The world of Patek Philippe recreated in ten themed rooms in an exhibition of over 1800 square meters
The Watch Art Grand Exhibition in Singapore will be Patek Philippe’s largest so far. The 3 main pillars of the exhibition include the historical Patek Philippe building at Rue du Rhône, its manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates, and the Patek Philippe Museum. There will be 10 themed rooms in total covering an area of 1,800 square meters.
Visitors to the Watch Art Grand Exhibition 2019 can watch a movie portraying Patek Philippe’s history, admire the manufacture’s complete current collection, and immerse themselves in a unique selection of complicated watches as well as a stunning range of movements. Live on site, watchmakers and artisans demonstrate their skills, offering visitors insights into horological artistry and the finesse mastered by specialist artisans such as enamel painters whose guild has been associated with watchmaking for centuries. After completing the tour, visitors have the opportunity to relax in the Patek Philippe lounge café.
A specially themed Singapore 200th Anniversary room will present selected timepieces and milestones of Patek Philippe’s history together with key milestones of Singapore’s rich history since Sir Stamford Raffles’ arrival in Singapore.
Select exhibits from the Patek Philippe Museum
With its 2019 exhibition in Singapore, Patek Philippe wants to give the audience an opportunity to discover an important selection of exhibits from the Patek Philippe Museum, among them some extremely rare ones. This is the first time that so many timekeeping instruments of the distinguished museum in Geneva will be exhibited in Singapore. The museum section is divided into two departments, as is the case in Geneva. The “Antique Collection” provides a wonderful historic panorama of the history of watchmaking with some of the very first portable timepieces from the mid-16th century, richly enameled pocket watches, musical automata, and technical timepieces crafted by Europe’s most gifted watchmakers. The “Patek Philippe Collection” offers a selection of the manufacture’s most splendid creations from 1839 to the present day. Notable among them are the royal watches (particularly a piece presented to Queen Victoria in 1851 during the Great Exhibition at the London Crystal Palace), the first Swiss wristwatch (1868), and some of the most famous Patek Philippe “supercomplications”.
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